Hi Hounds, I'm planning a babymoon trip with my wife next week in Sonoma/Napa. We're staying at the Fairmont in Sonoma and are willing to drive around in the area to make it to all of the incredible wineries and restaurants. Most of the morning will be filled up with massages/bike rides, so mostly looking for lunch/afternoon/dinner activities.
As for meals, we like our food but also like a great atmosphere. Some of the restaurants I've reviewed look incredible, but I'm worried the clientele might be on the older side. We lived in NYC so the french bistros look amazing but not as authentic as I'd hope. Below are a few of the places I'm focusing on so far and would love some insight on places that are too good to pass on and places I can leave off the list. I haven't mapped out the route quite yet so this is still a starting point and I'll cluster them as necessary once we get our plans finalized. The idea is to find a lunch spot, follow it up with a winery stop, and then head to dinner.
As you can imagine, wineries won't be high on the list with a pregnant wife, but we're compromising on 3 wineries that have great views, beautiful estates and art would be a plus. High quality wine is nice to have but I have to focus more on the experience for this trip (Cabernet lover by the way if that helps).
Barndiva (hoping for a good meal and great scene)
Dry Creek Kitchen - for a higher end meal in Healdsburg
Cyrus if we're in the mood for a quality high-end restaurant - won't be going to FL, so this might be our ode to Michelin
Estate - looking for a more casual spot near the hotel when we arrive
Ad Hoc - if we can't get FL, is this a good compromise to taste some of Kellers' cooking?
Don Giovanni - seems like a great option for a relaxed Italian meal
Tendejon de la Calle - haven't been able to connect on this one, mailbox is full, is it worth trying?
El Molino - this is a must, love the look of it
Auberge du Soleil Bistro/Bar - looking to have lunch and chill out with a nice view
Grace's Table - looks like a great in between restaurant
Solbar - would like to visit Solage and stop in for lunch if it's worth it
Wineries with incredible art/views/estates:
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Any help is greatly appreciated!!!