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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket (Book 108)
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 2 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470503793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470503799
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

30 Self-guided Tours. 39 Maps. One Great Trip.

At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everything—in the smartest, most time-efficient way.

  • The best of Napa & Sonoma in one, two, or three days
  • Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste

  • Walking tours of the region's most charming towns

  • Hundreds of evocative color photos

  • Bulleted maps that show you how to get from place to place

  • Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets

  • A tear-resistant foldout map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs

About the Author

Avital Binshtock is Sierra magazine's lifestyle editor and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Travel section, Frommers.com, and The Huffington Post. She lives, works, and trains for marathons in San Francisco. Read her blog and subscribe to get daily green-living tips at www.sierraclub.org/greenlife. A California native to the core, Avital was educated at UCLA and Stanford University.

Customer Reviews

This book was very useful for a recent trip to Napa/Sonoma Valley.
H. Daniel
More than just a regional guide, this concise book is VERY well researched and very well written with clarity and obvious firsthand knowledge.
Adventure California
I could go on but bottom line it was a great book and made my trip!
Stephanie

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adventure California on May 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
More than just a regional guide, this concise book is VERY well researched and very well written with clarity and obvious firsthand knowledge. The author has led us to many fun and memorable experiences in the wine country. Both her enthusiasm and direction to some of the more unique destinations and activities in this region have made for unforgettable moments for 2 different groups of French visitors. Pay attention to the tips and notes; every time the advice is right on. Extremely helpful and user-friendly, we would definitely trust any recommendations in this book when planning an excursion or making a reservation in Napa or Sonoma.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Judge Knott on March 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have (quite happily!) spent two great vacations in Napa and Sonoma Counties. This is the best guidebook I have found for that region.

There are a few things that make this guide very helpful. First, the author makes sure this guide is very user-friendly for first-time visitors. In other words, you get a true introduction to the Northern California area and what's special about it. You also learn which highlights are worth hitting, and what's worth ignoring.

Second, the visual aspect of the book is great: super-colorful, great layout, things rated from one to three stars, lots of little neighborhood maps, color photographs, etc.

Third, it's clear the author knows what she's talking about at all times.

Fourth, the book comes with a little map that--although it looks a little geeky--is actually quite helpful for finding wineries as you drive along.

Fifth, there's a nice little guide to San Francisco that is the last chapter. It's very well done.

Caveats: if you are a Wine Country veteran, you are too advanced for this book and should skip it. Also, you'll need a road map (such as the paper folding ones that you can buy in a gas station) as a supplement to the maps in this book, because the book's maps don't get the job entirely done.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ELF on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This pocket (or purse) size little book was far and away the most helpful of the many references I consulted for my recent trip to the wine country. Concise reviews of wineries, restaurants, hotels, and other attractions were on the money. Chapters for history buffs, non-drinkers, foodies, etc. were fun and revealed much more than the run-of-the-mill tourist traps. Helpful map as well. Added bonus - a great chapter on SanFrancisco! Used that instead of the specific SanFran guides for city part of the trip. Great value.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tivor on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
On our recent trip to San Francisco, my cousin and I decided to take one day visiting the Napa Valley area. We are not very knowledgeable about wine, so we were visiting more for the scenery and maybe learn a little about wine tasting. I figured this book should point us in the right direction.

The book was indeed very helpful in that regard. It had many lists with specific focus -- like places to visit if you are on a budget, places to visit if you got money to burn, places to visit if you are new to wine (like us!), places to visit if you want to see the best of Napa/Sonoma Valley in one day, and so on and so forth. These lists really helped us find the most attractive places to visit. And with the included fold-out map, we figured my one-day trip to Napa Valley would be a breeze.

Or so we thought.

The first sign of trouble was that it took a bit of guesswork to figure out how to drive to Napa Valley in the first place. As anybody who's driven in SF Bay Area can tell you, SF's freeway network can be quite confusing for newcomers. We did arrive at Napa Valley without much incident, but we were nervous and unsure whether we were going the right way throughout the drive. It would have been very nice if the book had a clear driving direction to Napa Valley from SF Bay Area, or if the book had a map that connects the Napa Valley roads with SF freeways.

Now it was time to find the first winery we were planning to visit. The fold-out map had decent amount of road detail with various wineries marked, so we drove to the location indicated on the map..., only to go, "this can't be right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on March 10, 2008
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I used this book to plan my trip to Napa and it was great! We went to Bodega Bay and Fort Ross Park based on the recommendation and it was beautiful. One day we walked Calistoga and visited many of the shops in the book and had dinner at Kitani sushi which was very good. I could go on but bottom line it was a great book and made my trip!
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Strayer on January 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was excited to see this book - I like the idea of specific tour ideas a lot, but once I looked below the surface, this book recommends places I would never ever send anyone. The budget tour, for instance, recommends V. Sattui. It is a complete waste of your time in Wine Country to visit such a tourist-only winery. It has awful wine and doesn't represent anything "authentic" about wine country at all. It makes me feel sad that any author would RECOMMEND going there or that anyone going there would think this is actually the real Napa. You could have gone to St. Clement instead.

It also recommends having a meal at Taylor's Refresher...would you waste a precious meal in Napa at a burger joint? When you could instead have gone to a special culinary spot, like Rutherford Grill or Tra Vigne instead for a lovely lunch instead.

And the idea of a wine country tour without a car - pull-ease. By balloon and limo instead? As if you will avoid the traffic? And bicycling in Napa is just plain foolish, although many fools do it. Shall we review the statistics on bicycle deaths by car on Napa's primary roads? Filled with tourists who don't know their way around driving - and who have been drinking? The weekend traffic on 29 will surely leave you feeling like you have been cycling the relaxed and rustic byways - NOT. You should have brought your dust mask. But with guidebooks like this one, who can blame you for heading down this road?

Recommending that people dine at the French Laundry, which requires reservations a month in advance - (and, if you win the lottery, your call might get through) - is cruel and unusual punishment.
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