Sonoma Journals

Weekend in the Wine Country

A travel journal to Sonoma by gclink

Morningsong Country Lodging Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County More Photos
Quote: Sonoma is not Napa, but is close. It has excellent vineyards, plus Sears Point Raceway is here.

Weekend in the Wine Country

Overview

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We go every year during the first weekend of August. The NHRA competition is held at Sears Point this weekend.

Quick Tips:

Plan early enough to visit. In the summer, it can be quite warm.

Best Way To Get Around:

You will need a car to get from one place to another.

Morningsong Country Lodging

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Hotel

Morningsong Country Lodging Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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Morningsong was a nice, cozy cottage. It was small enough to provide privacy for each of its guests, but large enough to provide the necessary services. At the end of a long driveway situated nicely amidst the vines, is the solidly built ranch house (circa 1955) that has two bedrooms with private bath. Many windows create a very light and airy feeling and present wonderful views of a serene, natural setting. The floors throughout are white-washed, highly polished pavers, which lead to a large outdoor patio. Separate, but near the home is a cottage one enters through a wreath-decorated latch gate that opens to a vine-covered patio. The door to the cottage opens off the patio, and insid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2001

Morningsong Country Lodging
21725 Hyde Road
Sonoma, California
(707) 939-8616

Anderson's Country Get Away

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Hotel

Anderson's Country Get Away Photo, Sonoma, Sonoma County
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Anderson''s Country Get Away is a restored 2 bedroom 1 bath farm house. It is located 5 minutes South from down town Sonoma, and located in the country with vineyard views. The house is fairly decent size and sleeps six people. The beds in the 2 bedrooms are queen size and their is a futon in the living room. There is a full size kitchen supplied with utensils, pots, pans, plates, and everything else you need. The refrigerator is a full size one as well. There is a deck around two sides of the house that contains furniture and a grill that can be used to cook out. The living room has a sectional couch, tv, and vcr. There is a satalite dish hooked up as well. It does not get any of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 7, 2001

Anderson's Country Get Away
22012 Broadway
Sonoma, California
(707) 933-8911

Napa Valley Wine Train

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Attraction

Napa Valley Wine Train Photo, Napa Valley, California
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Year-round scenic 3-hour gourmet dining excursions aboard lavishly restored 1915-1950 Pullman Dining and Lounge cars for brunch, lunch or dinner. From the moment you enter the Wine Train's Station, you begin a threefold adventure...A return to the gracious era of elegant rail travel with distinguished service... A deliciously crafted culinary and complete wine experience...champagne brunch, gourmet lunch or exquisite full-course dinner... offer an enjoyable and relaxing journey through the heart of Napa Valley's picturesque vineyards past world renowned wineries. Guests spend time prior to boarding leisurely shopping and wine tasting. The McKinstry Street Station provides a perfect opp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2001

Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry St.
Napa, California 94559
(707) 253-2111

Carrow's

Restaurant

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This is the one of very few restaurants that serve breakfast to the public. I found two that also served brunch, but the people I was traveling with did not want to eat there. The food was mediocre. I had the French Toast. I have had better.

As most of these types of restaurants, the service could have been better. Our waitress did admit this was her first day on the job (I couldn't believe she was not following someone for training.) She was fair. However, the attendant who seated us and took our money could have been more hospitable.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 17, 2001

Carrow's
201 W Napa Street
Sonoma, California
(707) 938-1779

Sears Point Raceway

Attraction

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It is very loud and hot, but fun to attend.

I recommend it for race fans. The nitro cars are extremely loud. When they shoot off the starting line, they cause the seats to vibrate. Sometimes the top of the car blows off which is scary, but interesting to see in the pits afterwards.

In between the different events, you can walk around in the pits. Meet the different drivers, watch the crew work on the cars, and get autographs.

If you have sensative ears or young children, I do not recommend attending.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 5, 2001

Sears Point Raceway
Highways 37 & 121
Sonoma, California 95476
(707) 935-7411