Hello, I am planning a family trip to Sonoma in September, and would appreciate any help on which neighborhoods to consider renting a house in. I've never been to California wine country and the sheer number of neighborhoods is a bit overwhelming. Currently, I have found houses in the following neighborhoods: Windsor, Healdsburg (looking at a house 2 miles from Healdsburg Plaza, one in Dry Creek Valley, and one on Fitch Mountain), Geyserville, Santa Rosa (five minutes from Ledson Winery), Jenner, and Bodega Bay. I'm open to other options as well. We tend to prefer houses in natural settings (as opposed to cities or towns), and views of mountains, rivers, or vineyards are a definite plus. With that said, we don't want to be super far from restaurants and wineries. We plan to hire a car to take us to various wineries on one day (I do not have any wineries picked out), and we might have dinner at the Farmhouse Inn one night (I've heard great things from friends). I did not consider Napa because it seems rather expensive and a friend said Sonoma was more rural. If you disagree and think I should be considering Napa though, I'd be happy to consider Napa neighborhoods as well. I'm a newbie to California wine country, so any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much!