My wife and I are planning a trip to Napa/Sonoma for our 10 year anniversary. It's our first trip out there. With so many hotels, inns and B&Bs to choose from, I really was not focused on location of the lodging at the beginning of my search. Instead, I was focused mostly on what looked like an appealing place to stay, with the approach that no matter where we stayed (within reason), we'd be near wineries and restaurants.
Now that I have arrived at a short list of final candidates, I am looking at location a little more. The list is (basically) Hotel Les Mars (Healdsburg), Kenwood Inn (Kenwood), Andaz Napa (Napa), Gaige House (Glen Ellen), and Carneros Inn (Napa Valley).
So here is my question: In the grand scheme of visiting wine country, does location really matter? I am not specifically asking about the differences between the Napa experience and the Sonoma experience. I've read about that on these forums. I'm asking more about the proximity to great locations and wineries. Is it safe to say that none of these places is so far off the beaten path that it becomes a factor? Bear in mind that for us, the lodging will dictate the wineries we visit and there is no winery that we are making a mandatory visit.
Also, anyone's .02 cents or more on any of the places on our short list is also greatly appreciated.
We are grateful for any insight and advice. Thanks.