California Wine Country Hotels
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California has become one of the largest wine producing regions in the United States, and is definitely making its mark on the rest of the world. For wine enthusiasts, and people who just love good scenery
, California wine country hotels have become a very popular vacation destination.
While there are several “wine countries” throughout the state of California including Santa Barbara and Temecula, Sonoma and Napa Valley are by far the most well known out of all the wine making regions in the state.
California Wine Country Hotels - Places to Stay
In and around both Napa Valley and Sonoma, you will find plenty of bed and breakfasts, inns, hotels, and vacation rentals to choose from. The variety will range from pretty low-key and affordable for almost anyone to uber-luxurious for the rich and famous only. The style of most bed and breakfasts in the area is old converted Victorian homes.
Wine country hotels in Southern California
Spanish architecture made a big influence on the area as well, so you may feel as though you’re staying in a villa in Spain! If you prefer a hotel in wine country, you won’t be sorry. Many of the older hotels have that old California wine country charm. The newer hotels are streamlined, modern, and quite beautiful.
Pricing Your Visit
If you book well in advance, reservations at most of the wine country hotels will not break the bank. However, in recent years, the cost of keeping up the vineyards and grapes has increased, especially in the tough economic times we are facing. This has directly affected the lodging rates in and around both Napa and Sonoma.
The key to visiting wine county in California is to book with plenty of advance notice or to come for a vacation during the winter. Also, to keep your wallet happy, think about staying during the week as many accommodations offer discounts for weeknight stays.
Planning Your Visit
The spring, summer, and fall are the busiest times of year for visiting California wine country. The weather is usually picture perfect and the backdrops of the vineyards, wineries, hotels, and restaurants are simply amazing.
During these wildly popular times of year, most lodgings require two or three night stays. During the winter, innkeepers and hoteliers are more accommodating for those who wish to stay just for a single night.
Eating and Drinking
If you like wine, then you will definitely have a grand time in wine country! In both Napa and Sonoma, there are hundreds of wineries and vineyards to choose from, and almost all of them offer tastings, tours, and special events.
Some even have delicious restaurants attached to them! If you don’t visit a restaurant on the grounds of any of the local wineries, don’t worry. Almost every local eatery will be serving local wines.
Things to Do
Aside from the obvious wine tours, tastings, and scenic drives, there are plenty of things to do in and around Napa and Sonoma. When you book your California wine country hotels you should definitely think about what you might like to do.
If you are into hot springs, the Calistoga Hot Springs Resort, founded in 1859, is a great place to experience mineral water, hot mineral springs, steam baths, and mud baths. It is truly unique.
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