Sonoma County Journals

Weekend in Windsor

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A February 2006 trip to Sonoma County by Dennis Ko

Old town sonoma Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County More Photos
Quote: A romantic weekend getaway in the heart of the wine country.

Weekend in Windsor

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Overview

Old town sonoma Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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For Valentine’s Day and for successfully completing her medical school clerkships, I decided to surprise my fiancé with a weekend in the Sonoma wine country. Being only a short 2 hour drive from even the more distant corners of the Bay Area, Sonoma County is the perfect romantic weekend getaway. The area is of course known for its wineries, and unlike its neighbor to the east (Napa County), many wineries in Sonoma still offer free tastings. But if you only go to sample the wineries you’re selling the region short. Sonoma has a lot to offer in terms of beautiful surroundings, delicious food, relaxing spas, searching out antiques, and fun activities.Windsor is a great place to stay due to its central lo...Read More

Worldmark Windsor

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Hotel

Worldmark Windsor Photo, Windsor, California
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Best Things Nearby:Wineries, PGA golf courseBest Things About the Resort:Comfortable accomodations, good location for exploring Sonoma County.Resort Experience:Worldmark Windsor is a great place to stay for a weekend in the Sonoma wine country. Like all Worldmark resorts, the staff was very friendly, although they couldn't accommodate us when we arrived about an hour before check-in time.The studio unit itself was very clean and inviting with a fold-out Murphy bed, cable TV, VCR, stereo, and gas fireplace. At the time, they were in the process of installing high-speed Internet that would require an additional fee for use. The kitchen was well equipped although...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2006

Worldmark Windsor
1251 Shiloh Rd.
Windsor
(707) 836-2420

Langley's on the Green

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Restaurant

Langley's on the Green Photo, Windsor, California
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For our final night in Sonoma County, we wanted to have a nice dinner close to our timeshare in Windsor. After briefly consulting the dining listings in our room, we chose Langley’s on the Green, primarily because it was close.We were in for a nice surprise: Langley’s is one of the best restaurants we’ve had the pleasure of dining at. The overall feel of the restaurant is roomy and relaxed classiness. The dining room is spacious and the bustle of the kitchen is in full view. They cook up a delicious, eclectic mix of American cuisine with accents from all over the world.We love fried calamari so we decided to try that as the appetizer. But before that even arrived at our table, they brought out a "tast...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Langley's on the Green
(closed) 610 Mcclelland Drive
Windsor, California 95492
(707) 837-7984

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center

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Attraction | "Kendall-Jackson Winery"

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center Photo, Fulton, California
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We stopped at the Kendall-Jackson Winery in Fulton on our drive up to Windsor. Kendall Jackson is one of the larger wineries in the area, and it has a lot to offer, even if like me, you aren’t much of a wine connoisseur.The tasting room has three different options: A vinter’s reserve for $2 (choose 5 wines from a list of 10), an estates tasting for $10, and a food-wine pairing for $18. The day we visited, they also had an additional wine and chocolate truffle to end the tasting. We had a coupon for free vinter's reserve tastings printed from their website: http://www.kj.com/visit/KJWebCoupon.pdfI ended up choosing the whites and my fiancé chose the reds, so we each got to try 11 wines and a cho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2006

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center
5007 Fulton Road
Fulton 95439
(707) 571-7500

Sonoma Spa on the Plaza

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Story/Tip

Yes, we paid to get muddied Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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As part of our weekend getaway, I surprised my fiancé with a couples afternoon at a day spa. Nine years of trying to struggle through an MD-PhD program with your sanity intact can make anyone a little tense, so I thought this would provide some much needed relaxation.I made an appointment for a couples 60-minute body mud treatment and half-hour neck, back, and shoulder massage at Sonoma Spa on the Plaza. The spa’s website (http://www.sonomaspaontheplaza.com/index.html) has a coupon for this for $194, but we were told that that was not available during "holiday periods." Despite the false advertising, we went ahead and booked it since $216 is still a good deal.As you could probably guess, this spa’s l...Read More