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March 9, 2020

Best Areas to Stay in California Wine Country

Napa Valley and Sonoma County wineries are open for business. In fact, there is no better time of year than now to visit wine country. Here’s why.

Wine Country Is Eager to Welcome You

Wine country is ready to welcome you with warm hospitality and life’s simple pleasures. Home to more than 400 wineries (95% of which are family owned and operated), you can indulge in top wineries and restaurants, all without the long wait!

Hotel Deals and Accommodations that You Must Book Now

Pair your wine tours with affordable hotel packages. Visitors can choose to wine and dine in luxury hotels, relax in private vacation rentals, or be one with nature in the quiet campgrounds. Don’t miss these great deals. Experience the wine country now.

It’s Always A Good Time for Wine

Did someone say it’s wine o’clock? Experience the wine country during cabernet season (November through April), when new vintages are aging, the weather is cooler and special rates and packages are offered at a variety of hotels and restaurants. Need more time? Smell the scent of fermentation in the air during harvest season (August through October), which is one of the most popular times of the year to visit.

Whether you’re looking to have a romantic getaway or a family outing, there are endless opportunities for fun and relaxation. Here are our recommendations for the best areas to stay in the wine country:

For Glitz and Glam: Napa Valley

Often referred to as a “theme park for adults,” Napa Valley is home to some of the most respected wineries in the world, and is synonymous with Michelin-starred restaurants like The Restaurant at Meadowood. Step into the Italian Tuscan castle and winery Castello di Amorosa for an afternoon of medieval-themed wine tasting, or treat yourself to a day of relaxation at the many spas Napa Valley has to offer. The choice is yours. Find a hotel in Napa Valley.

For Laid-Back, Casual Sipping: Sonoma County

Opt for a more casual atmosphere in Sonoma County, where wait times for wine tastings and restaurants are typically shorter compared to those in Napa Valley. With over 1,600 square miles of land, you’ll be sure to come across great wine and delicious local cuisine at one of Sonoma's 400-plus wineries. Trade your wine glass for a paddle or a golf club to enjoy a day full of outdoor activities. Find a hotel in Sonoma County.

For a Pet-Friendly, Kid-Friendly Environment: Mendocino

Just two hours north of San Francisco lies Mendocino County, the gateway to a myriad of outdoor activities, family fun and relaxation. While you’re taking a break from wine tasting, you can indulge in the surrounding outdoor beauty by foot, bike or kayak. You can find more than 60 regional and state parks, or discover the arts and culture scene by exploring museums or attending music festivals. There’s something for everyone in the family! Find a hotel in Mendocino.

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