Paradise in Sonoma
Our family (5 adults and one child) spent six nights in August at Rancho Paradiso. We hated to leave this bit of paradise just outside the town of Sonoma. We’ve rented vrbo houses in Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana and Florida, and this was our favorite (by far!) both for comfort and location.
The house is spacious and well-designed with a top-flight kitchen, comfortable beds, and well-equipped bathrooms. Everything is clean, fresh and seemingly new. The decor is tasteful and there’s not the clutter of knickknacks found in some rentals.
The best part of our days was spent by the pool with wines and cheeses brought home from our jaunts. We spent afternoon hours by the pool - swimming, relaxing and enjoying the truly fantastic views of vineyards and mountains. We asked that the pool be heated as 74 degrees seemed like the Arctic to us Gulf Coasters! The pool was perfect at about 82 and well worth the extra fee.
Marie and Michael greeted us on arrival, and showed us the house. They were helpful and accommodating, and made us feel at home. Their meticulous binder of information regarding the house and local attractions was the most complete of any house we’ve rented.
The Girl and the Fig topped our list of restaurants. We had a delightful lunch on the patio of the Sunflower Café. A southern breakfast at Fremont Diner was fun and tasty. In Napa we enjoyed an old favorite, Mustard’s, for lunch. A leisurely lunch on the little terrace at Bouchon was a restaurant highlight. We grilled salmon at home one evening for a relaxed dinner, and enjoyed some of the delicious house olive oil.
We took the grandson on a long trip to Sterling Vineyards for the kid-friendly aerial tram and tour. The tram was fun; more interesting was the nearby petrified forest. But next visit we’d skip that long and heavily-trafficked drive in Napa, and spend more time in Sonoma. We did take him to TrainTown in Sonoma - a bit tawdry, but he liked it. We failed with repeated calls to the Sticker Factory in Petaluma. An advance reservation by e-mail is advised.
The Sonoma Market was excellent, and Sonoma’s Best is a treasure. They have a fine selection of wines at reasonable prices, and afternoon tastings are informative. We look forward to the arrival of wines ordered from there. We’ll sip that Graves, and hope it tastes as good as it did on a perfectly beautiful, cool evening at Rancho Paradiso.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities,
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