No trip to San Francisco is complete without a detour through wine country, where Napa and Sonoma vintners produce some of the world’s most admired wines. Sonoma is the larger of the two regions and grows a wider variety of grapes, although both are famous for lush, hilly landscapes and stand-out pinot noir and chardonnay. Whether you’re looking for inspiring vineyard views, a hiking trail forgiving of a cabernet buzz, or an Instagram-worthy wine cave, you’ll find it in Sonoma.
The drive from downtown San Francisco to Santa Rosa is an hour and 40 minutes; check into the Astro (323 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA; from $160), a 1960s-era motel that retained its vintage flair after a head-to-toe remodel in 2018. The mid-century modern rooms feature fixtures and furniture crafted by local artisans, from the concrete sinks to the retro-chic tiles; even the bath products are produced by local beauty brand ShinKai.
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