Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Wine Country Inn & Suites
This Best Western is a short jaunt from more than 30 wineries. It’s located right off Highway 101, giving guests easy access to the vineyards, redwood groves, and rugged coastline of Northern California. Sample award-winning wines at nearby Paradise Ridge Winery (some options include a wine and cheese tasting for two). The family-owned winery pours gold-medal sauvignon blancs, pinot noirs, and chardonnays on terraces with panoramic views of the Russian River Valley.
- Free breakfast buffet with pastries, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and a selection of hot items
- In-room amenities: coffeemaker, microwave, and refrigerator, perfect for chilling bottles of white wine
- A 24-hour fitness center is stocked with a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, and weightlifting equipment. There’s a heated outdoor pool as well.
- Not just for wine lovers: The hotel is close to the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Ice Rink, Infineon Raceway, and the Luther Burbank Gardens.
Sonoma Valley, California: Relaxed Wine Country and Majestic Redwoods
Located about an hour north of San Francisco, the Sonoma Valley is best known for its wine. The mild climate here allows winemakers to grow cool-weather varietals such as pinot noir and chardonnay. But the valley has a varied landscape; some areas are prime for growing hot-weather vines, too.
Follow 17 miles of country roads that connect the sleepy hamlet of Kenwood to the Carneros appellation and you’ll find more than 40 boutique wineries, most small and family owned. Many are tucked amid oak forests and wildflower meadows. Compared to its neighbor Napa Valley (about 15 miles away), Sonoma feels a little more relaxed and remote: the wineries here are generally more secluded from one another than those in Napa, and tasting rooms tend to be less crowded, even on the weekends.
Even if you aren’t visiting for the vineyards, Sonoma Valley’s gentle climate and diverse natural landscape make it worth a visit. Hiking trails wind past redwood trees as high as skyscrapers, and popular excursions are canoeing on Russian River and sightseeing at the craggy Pacific coastline and its unspoiled beaches.
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