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Frommer's Napa & Sonoma Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) Paperback – February 20, 2007

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From the Back Cover

29 Self-guided Tours. 38 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 reigon's most charming towns
  • Hundreds of evocative color photos
  • Bulleted maps that show you how to go from place to place
  • Hotels, restaurants, and shopping for all budgets
  • A tear-resistant foldout map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs

Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Visit us online at Frommers.com

About the Author

Avital Binshtock is a writer and editor who regularly contributes to many media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, where she was an associate editor, and Potentia Media, for which she provides and edits startling-but-true content. She has also done work for National Geographic Television and Elite Traveler, among a number of others. She counts global travel and exploring different cultures almost foremost among her passions, just second to spending time with—and telling the stories of—the people she loves. A California native to the core, Avital was educated at UCLA and Stanford University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket (Book 13)
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 1 edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470050217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470050217
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,077,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Maybe we weren't sure what we were looking for, but this was almost too general for our purposes. It gave some suggestions for reference, but not a ton. I will give the writers/editors that it encompasses a lot of area, so it would be tough to do more and keep it brief enough to be portable.

Star based ratings were strange - some had no stars and it was unclear if that meant they weren't rated or weren't worth visiting (which then led to the question "why are they even in this book?"). On the flip side, other places with multiple stars just seemed strange (and not necessarily worthy of the 3 star rating) and left me wondering what the point of the stars was.

The one time we did try to go to a place recommended it turned out it was closed on Wednesdays...would probably be helpful to include those kinds of odd characteristics in the descriptions for the next edition. Maps were really handy, though.
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