Heading to Napa/Sonoma this week for a first-time visit with my husband, my parents and my brother. We are celebrating my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. Here's our itinerary, which I'd love some feedback on, and a couple of suggestions. I've spent a lot of time reviewing information here, but need a little bit of help on some specifics.
Day 1: Drive in a.m. from SFO through Napa to Yountville. We may stop in Napa to walk around a little bit - is there a better section we should park/walk for an hour or so to shop and people watch?
Lunch in Yountville @ Bouchon bakery (or are we better off eating somewhere else and coming here for goodies after lunch?).
Looking for a tasting somewhere along the 29 to the Oakville/Dry Creek/Trinity Rd. cutoff toward Glen Ellen- please suggest a stop that is both scenic and doesn't require an appointment. Considered Hope & Grace right in Yountville, but it seemed a little touristy and not quite what we're looking for as a first stop on our trip. We have cab lovers and chardonnay lovers in the group, so the particular wine isn't as important as that it's a pretty stop with a reasonable tasting fee and no appt. required. We're staying in Sonoma and doing a Sonoma tour on Day 2, so just wanted to do one Napa tasting.
Is the Oakville/Dry Creek/Trinity Road route really tough to drive?
Stop in Glen Ellen to poke around - I don't know much about this town - anything we can't miss?
Drive to Sonoma, check in to Inn at Sonoma.
Dinner at Cafe la Haye - suggestion for drinks afterward for the "younger" members of our group?
Day 2: Breakfast at Inn.
Private Platypus tour.
Dinner in town - plan to not make a reservation since it's tough to tell how people will be feeling after a day of tasting (!). Suggestions for walk-in (it'll be a Thursday night) type, casual but really yummy place in Sonoma?
Thank you, in advance, for your help!