Romance and wine have always gone hand in hand which is why more and more people choose wine country as a romantic getaway destination. Sonoma County is made up of a sea of vineyards that roll over hills and spill into valleys. A place that has more vines than actual people creates a private atmosphere that is aesthetically pleasing. From the Redwoods to the ocean cliffs, Sonoma County is home to thousands of wineries, lodgings, and restaurants. And here are the top 10 most romantic places to take your loved one(s).
Every winery exudes romance with the intimate vineyard walks and sexy wines being poured. Here are some suggestions to start planning that itinerary.
- Yoakim Bridge Winery. A fantasy dreamt and achieved by David and Virginia. On their home property they built a very small winery and tasting room. Hang on the deck overlooking their beautiful front yard and enjoy Virginia’s homemade meatballs.
- Preston Farm and Winery. For a rustic getaway complete with fresh vegetables, baby lambs and cats, head to Preston Farms. There is always something new to see and on Sundays you can join the Jug Wine fun, extracting wine right from the barrel into a glass jug you get to keep.
- MacRostie Winery. Although the name has been around a long time, their location is the newest on the block along Westside Road. With a long and dramatic driveway you feel as if you are driving straight into the vineyards. Once inside, the tasting room is open with many different types of seating. It feels like your private home with a terrace, living room, and dining room.
- Gary Farrell Vineyards. For something very relaxing high atop a hill overlooking the valley, Gary Farrell offers some well-acclaimed pinots and chardonnays. Sit inside for an intimate experience with the wine attendant or out on the patio for more privacy. Once here, though, you won’t want to leave and you won’t have to.
- Iron Horse Vineyards. Known across the nation for their delicious sparkling wines, Iron Horse has the most spectacular view and many areas begging to be discovered. The outside tasting area overlooks their sloping vineyards and around the property you will find a charming gazebo and other little pockets. Bring a picnic and stay a while.
Romantic Lodgings are scattered all through the Wine County, but here are 5 to get you started on your quest for that special getaway.
- Fern Grove Cottages. A cozy cabin getaway tucked in the redwoods, these cottages give you the ultimate romantic feeling. What can be more romantic than cuddling up by the bedside fireplace with a bottle of wine? And there really is no need to leave with a Spa tub in the room!
- boon hotel+spa. This modern hotel has sleek rooms and a rustic chicken pen (yes, with real chicks!). Lay poolside or take one of the many bikes for a spin. Just down the road is the Armstrong Woods where you can take a breathtaking walk among majestic redwoods.
- Camellia Inn. It’s pretty and pink! The Camellia Inn is located right of the quaint Healdsburg plaza where all the romance begins. Stroll through the square side by side enjoying the local boutiques and sweet shops like Moustache bakery and Noble Folk ice cream. After a filling dinner and drinks you can feel safe to walk back to your comfortable bed in the secret garden wonder of a bed and breakfast.
- Farmhouse Inn. Known all over Sonoma County as one of the luxurious resorts around. Off the beaten path but worth the drive, the Farmhouse Inn is exactly what it sounds like: a farmhouse. With a renowned one Michelin star restaurant, you won’t have to go far for the delicious farm-to-table Sonoma County cuisine everyone’s talking about.
- Rio Nido Lodge. A beautiful colonial home that is tucked away in the tiny town of Rio Nido, right outside of Guerneville. This lodge has an old soul and privacy. But if you are looking for some old honkytonk town fun, you can take a stroll to the Rio Nido Roadhouse where the local folks get a little rowdy with live music on Saturdays.
Romantic Restaurants along the Wine Road. Dine with love in you eyes and wine in your glass at these Sonoma County Favorites.
- Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria. A local legend, this place has turned Geyserville into the new hotspot. The delicious thin crust fire-roasted pizzas are a sure hit, but be sure not to miss the spaghettini or one of the special dishes that is some deliciously braised meat. Take your loved one on the back patio for a portal to Florence, Italy complete with laundry hanging on the line.
- Scopa/Campo Fina. These two restaurants in Healdsburg, owned by the same proprietor and chef, have really made a name for themselves. You’ll find some of the same staples on each menu but each with their own style. If you want that intimate dinning experience with authentic Italian food go to Scopa. If you feel a little adventurous and want to sip on a cocktail on the back patio, Campo Fina is your place.
- Chalkboard. A great addition to Les Mars Hotel in Healdsburg since Cyrus left. This place offers the newest version of classy American tapas style dishes. Rich in palette and colors, this food will leave you satisfied in all departments. If you already have dinner plans, head there for happy hour from 3-6 M-F.
- Underwood. A hidden gem out in Graton, a town often overlooked. This town might be small but it is overwhelmed with great places like this one. A full bar and an exquisite menu will tickle your tongue. From small dishes to hefty single platters, you won’t be disappointed. The dimly lit establishment will add to the romance and intimacy.
- Backyard. A place I’d like to call my own backyard. The kitchen collects locally sourced produce and farmed meats to create their creative and colorful cuisine. Sit down in a comfortable atmosphere inside or out. Make sure to pass by the open kitchen and say hi! Everyone is extremely friendly and just wants to feed everyone deliciously healthy food. If you venture to Forestville I highly recommend this place, especially on the font patio with brick floors and lined with lights.
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