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If you love to eat and drink, then you will be happy every day in either Napa or Sonoma Valley. Napa is the more upscale and sophisticated region, while Sonoma Valley offers a more laid-back and pastoral environment. But both are coveted destinations only an hour north of San Francisco. They are full of beautiful homes, galleries, and of course many incredible farms, wineries, and restaurants.
Some of the world’s best wine is made right here in these excellent viticultural areas. It’s less than fifty years since Robert Mondavi started a vineyard revolution in the Napa Valley. Now vineyards like the Hess Collection and Pine Ridge Wineries in Napa, and the Gloria Ferrer and Benziger Wineries in Sonoma, produce wines that are as good or better than any old world bottle.
The local food here is outstanding, whether you are eating at an esteemed restaurant or just shopping at a local farmer’s market. A ten-minute drive from Napa is The French Laundry, considered by many to be the unequivocal best restaurant in the world. Make reservations months in advance for a seat at Thomas Keller’s foodie mecca, where meals are nine courses long. In Sonoma, local institutions like Cafe La Haye and the Girl and the Fig also use local ingredients with French technique, but are casual places for locals and visitors alike.
If you want to burn off some calories, there are plenty of outdoors activities in the Napa and Sonoma Valley areas. Play a round of gold at Napa’s Chardonnay Golf Club, take a walk through Sonoma Valley’s Bartholomew Park.
Wherever you decide to live in the Napa / Sonoma Valley area, when it becomes time to rent furniture, you can work with one of these real estate professionals to find the furniture for you!