Somoma versus Napa
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Just a short 7 hour flight from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco, then an hour drive to Sonoma and you are in the middle of Wine Country.
The wine country is split between Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Both valleys have an abundance of wineries to visit and tasting rooms to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The valleys are next to each other. About a 25 minute drive between the two. The two valleys are also about 40 miles in length, so in about 4 days you can see the best of both valleys.
There is a difference between Sonoma and Napa. At least I think so. Sonoma seems to be less commercial, more laid back. The wineries are not as crowded as those in Napa, even though for my money, the wines are for the most part, better than Napa’s.
The towns of Sonoma and Napa reflect these differences. Sonoma is a little town square with local shops, tasting rooms and restaurants lining the square and they have a farmers market with music one night a week. Napa is larger with more commercial shops, parking garages, mall, etc. Don’t get me wrong there are some great restaurants, but it is a different feel.
Where to stay.
It is expensive no matter where you stay. We stayed at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. It is a beautiful resort with a enormous spa area. They have guided morning hikes for free. Next time I think I will stay farther north around Healdsburg. It should be cheaper up that way.