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Thread: Sonoma/Napa - Yosemite trip - Need recs

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    Sonoma/Napa - Yosemite trip - Need recs

    We are assuming things are going to be getting pretty normal by June and are planning a trip out west. Right now think of spending a few nights in wine country California and a few nights at Yosemite.
    Any recs for places to stay or things to do in either location? We have never been to either place...
    If you had 7/8 nights to play with, how would you split them up between the two locations?
    We might want to spend the last day and night closer to the airport in SFO - anywhere nearby that would be cool? We have spent time in San Francisco before so looking for somewhere else interesting...

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    we went to sonoma last august and it was great. There are fantastic airbnb's all over wine country. We had two couples and stayed here and loved it.

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    The Wydown & Harvest Inn are awesome boutique hotels in St. Helena. We've been several times, including for our wedding, and much prefer northern Napa Valley (St. Helena & Calistoga primarily) to the bustle and commercialization of Napa proper and the southern valley. Have plenty of winery recs if you want to PM, or I probably posted them in another Napa thread.

    The one time we went to Sonoma, we also stayed in an Airbnb which was great. Looking forward to getting back out there this fall to spend some more time.

    You can kill a ton of time, definitely multiple days, exploring Marin County across the Golden Gate from SFO. We've loved exploring Sausalito, Belvedere/Tiburon, Marin Headlands, Muir Woods, Mount Tamalpais, and some other great hiking trails. Stinson Beach and Bodega Bay aren't too far either.

    I have not been to Yosemite, but it's definitely on the bucket list.

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    in terms of how many nights to spend in each location, I guess it comes down to how much do you love drinking wine? I love it, but I'd probably spend more time in Yosemite. Driving into and out of Yosemite, particularly to get to Half Dome, during peak tourist season is a bit of a pain in the arse, so if possible you want to stay in the park, lest you spend a good bit of time driving. That may be impossible on 2 months notice.

    YMMV, but for wine country, Sonoma seems a bit more down to earth, definitely less pricy, than Napa. There are some very cool wine caves in Sonoma - check here. If that's not your thing, Healdsburg has a walkable square and tons of tasting rooms.

    Echo the comment re: Muir Woods - a great option with miles of trails near SF.

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    sonoma is 1000% more user-friendly than napa valley. Napa Valley is super impressed with itself.

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    Yosemite is awesome but it's been a good while since I've been so I don't have many recommendations other than to definitely try to take in as many of the highlights in and around the valley floor on your first trip. We typically stayed in Fish Camp and drove in rather than staying in the park. Would also stay on the other side of the park to take in Tuolumne Meadows.

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