Napa, Calistoga, Sonoma, Glen Ellen, St. Helena, Yountville, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Bodega Bay
A loaf of fresh-baked artisan bread, a decanter of old-vine Northern California wine make for a winning combination for many a romantic tryst and getaway. An hour's drive from the city, the premier wine country in the New World greens the Napa and Sonoma valleys and their terraced hillsides. St. Helena and Yountville are quintessential destinations for dining and wine-tasting. Calistoga is famed for its mineral waters and baths. The city of Napa hosts the Napa Valley Wine Train, a dining experience on an antique train. Sonoma is equally appealing with its winery tours, vintage California Mission and roadside fruit stands. Santa Rosa is the region's largest town. Bicycling past the vineyards or ballooning over them adds a nicely rounded quality to a visit. Lake County to the north boasts majestic Clear Lake at its centerpiece and Mendocino offers wine country by the sea.
For more information about Napa Valley, please visit our Napa Valley section.
Directions: Drive north on 101 over the Golden Gate Bridge for Santa Rosa and Mendocino. Branch east to Sonoma on Highway 121; continue east to Highway 29 for Napa and continue north to Yountville, Calistoga and Kelseyville in Lake County.