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Hope from Gretna (Virginia) asked

Best area/place to stay in Sonoma County?

Hello,  I need to know which is better place to stay Rohnert Park, Windsor or Santa Rosa?  We aren't into so much of the wine tours, but just to "see" the area for 2 days.  I've read the 3 areas I mentioned is less expensive, but good locations.  While there are 2 Best Western's in Santa Rosa, I have NO idea which one might be the better one..then there's a Hilton Garden Inn, comparable, also.  I am looking at the Best Western also at Rohnert Park & the Hampton Inn's in Windsor & R.Park.  Can anyone help me at all?  Thanks so much!

Sonoma County (California)

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answered by
Daisy from California

Either Santa Rosa (California) or Windsor is best and they are adjacent to each other. I agree, see Healdsburg and the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley right there is wonderful even if you don't drink wine. Some of the wineries have beautiful views and gardens, so don't count them out.. Don't miss driving out the Russian River there to the coast which is quite close. You'll go through Guerneville (California) which is a trip of a town. Within a couple of miles of there there is Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve with beautiful redwoods which shouldn't be missed. Take the redwood walk and then drive up hill to the campsites. At the top there there is a picnic table where you can see all over the coastal area. There's a lot to do in that area. You'll love ita, Ask everyone you can for their favorite recommendations.

Okay, the answer from our winemaker friend there says:

Don't know much about the Best Western Garden Inn in SR. Google says there are 2. One is a Best Western in the South end of town on Santa Rosa Ave. It's a busy commercial street and not very scenic. A lot of strip malls and shopping centers so no walking. I don't know anything about the property itself. The other one is a Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport near the airport which is about half way between SR and Healdsburg. It's a quieter area (leafy business park ambiance) but again, not much in the area to walk to. It is closer to wineries and tourist areas if that's what they are after. Never been there either so can't comment on the place itself.

The Best Western Dry Creek Inn in Hbg is right off 101 so room choice would be important. It's at the North end of town so it's a long walk to the Plaza but it's doable. It's a nice Best Western and is one of the few options in town that's reasonable and not a semi-dive motel so it books up. I've been to events there and it seems to be pretty nice. I've never been in one of the rooms but haven't heard any complaints. There's a Travel Lodge right across the street.

Here's a directory of what else is in town. There's also the Geyserville Inn about 10 minutes North that's pretty nice and also affordable. It's in a nice setting and Geyserville is pretty cute now with some really good restaurants that aren't too expensive (at least for around here).

Have a wonderful time. You'll wish you had more than two days. You'll love it!

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Thank you, Daisy Me! --Since I posted that question, I have found a better rate in for 2 nights in Healdsburg than Santa Rosa (both Best Westerns), close to 20 dollars difference, but..I'm debating at this point which place to go for. (??) Windsor Hampton Inn would almost be my pick, but rates were kinda steep. Can you advise between Dry Creek Inn, Healdsburg, or Garden Inn, Santa Rosa? (both BW) And, btw, I sure hope we can see all that you mentioned, as well as "Charlie Brown Museum" in just 2 days..--Thanks so much!

I hope I haven't missed you as I've just returned from vacation and have just sent an email to our friends in Healdsburg with your question so will try to get right back to you. If you're needing to book right away,I'd head to Healdsburg, but you can't miss with either town's location. Healdsburg is smaller and has a charming town square with easy to find great food and shops. They're only a few miles apart. Charles Shultz built an ice skating rink for the children of the area and when I worked over there I frequently saw him as I had lunch there. Have a wonderful time at the museum!

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Valerie from Los Angeles

My vote is for Santa Rosa (California)! It's such a cute little town, I have family that lives there so I visit often. It's a great place to base yourself because Healdsburg is about a 20 min drive away. That's a great town to go and explore. I was actually just in the area recently for a wedding last month and relatives stayed at Courtyard Santa Rosa. I'm not sure about the Best Westerns, but the Courtyard was a nice place and clean! My aunts and uncles were pleased with it. 

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