Question

Napa or Sonoma for a day trip?

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City: San Francisco

State: California

Country: United States

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I would say Sonoma, if only to do the meandering tour around Dry Creek Road near Healdsburg. Napa is epic and classic, but Sonoma is a bit more accessible and friendly - also, the tasting fees tend to be lower and/or free, and you can explore varietals beyond the typical Napa Cab and Chardonnay. Scenery wise, Sonoma is just as beautiful and might be a bit less crowded.
Sonoma: (Valley of the Moon):
Farming community, Interesting town, excellent wineries to visit and some attractions nearby: Sonoma Mission, Vallejo's Adobe, Jack London House at Glen Ellen,

Napa:
Town is not so interesting, Upscale wineries...(Go to the Hess Collection on Mount Veeder,,,fantastic modern art collection, superb wines and beautiful grounds), nearby attractions such as Yountville, Calistoga (go to the mud baths in Calistoga!!!) excellent restaurants...more pricey than a Sonoma day trip
I guess it depends on what your interested in doing. If you go through Napa, there are big wineries and world renown restaurants, but you can stray from the main road and wander up into the hills, taste at some of the smaller wineries, and have a soak up in Calistoga.

Sonoma is generally less crowded, really beautiful and does have some hidden wineries in really beautiful spots - like the Artesa winery.

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