great American road trips | chapter 2

This is the second in a series of articles about travel that avoids crowded places. Yesterday's Travel Horizons highlighted four boutique resorts in the Napa Valley. Lesser known is the valley just to the west, the Sonoma Valley.

Why visit the Sonoma Valley? Joe and Catherine Bartolomei make the case in this short video. Just as close to San Francisco as the Napa Valley, you'll have access to a different set of world class wineries. Napa, further inland, has hot summers that make it ideal for Cabernet grapes. Sonoma, closer to the cool sea breezes off the Pacific Ocean, is known for its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.

Farmhouse Inn

Where to stay — Farmhouse Inn. A boutique resort with just 25 rooms and suites, Claire and I loved our stay in 2015. Read about it here. The original cottages are charming, but the suites are absolutely amazing with feather beds and jetted soaking tubs. Book through your Virtuoso travel advisor for a daily 3-course farm fresh breakfast, a $100 credit towards spa services, and complimentary wine tasting itineraries to selected Russian River Valley Pinot Noir producers with all fees waived.

And did I mention the chance to toast your own gourmet Vahlrona chocolate S'mores around the fire pit every evening at 6 p.m.? Or the Michelin-starred restaurant (open all days except Tuesday and Wednesday).

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