Home Base for a Sonoma County Wine Adventure

Poppies in the VineyardsIn yesterday’s blog, we toured a wonderful music and concert venue in Sonoma County wine country — Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus.

If you now find yourself planning a trip, you’re going to need a place to stay. Unless you have your heart set on a B&B, I’d recommend the Railroad Square District of Santa Rosa, which offers a choice of accommodations, a number of excellent restaurants, and plenty of shopping.

For bedding down, you can choose from standard, historic or starred accommodations:

  • Standard — Courtyard by Marriott, not unlike other Courtyard locations around the country. 707-573-9000.
  • Historic — Hotel La Rose is more than 100 years old, and its on-site restaurant is named for the year of its founding: Bistro 1907. 707-579-3200.
  • Starred — The Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa has a 4-diamond rating from AAA, and is home to LeCarré Salon & Spa. 707-284-1234.

Before turning in for the night, plan to dine at one of these fine restaurants:

  • La Gare French Restaurant — A personal favorite for more than 20 years, I’ve never had a bad meal there. It’s like a little slice of Europe in Sonoma wine country. 707-528-4355.
  • Jackson’s Bar and Oven — This is the hot locals place of the moment, utilizing a wood-fired oven and boasting creative cocktails. (Note: When winemakers go out for dinner, they’re more likely to have a cocktail or a beer than a glass of wine.) 707-545-6900.
  • LoCoco’s Cucina Rustica — As soon as you take the first bite, you’ll feel as if you’re in Italy. Locals have named it “Best Italian Restaurant” for years. 707-523-2227.

Grab a great meal in Railroad Square… take in an acoustically perfect concert at the Green Music Center… get a good night’s sleep… and you’ll be ready for another day of exploring the caves and tasting rooms of Sonoma County’s wineries.

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One comment on “Home Base for a Sonoma County Wine Adventure
  1. LoCocco’s is a great cozy place to eat. Railroad Square wasn’t much 20 years ago when I moved here but it has become a cool place to spend an evening enjoying good food and drink. Don’t forget about Starks steakhouse. It has a great cocktail menu & happy hour.

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