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From Vegas to California wine country

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From Vegas to California wine country

We want to fly into Vegas, spend 3 nights, then drive to wine country in California. Only problem is we don't know which California wine district is closest. Or perhaps there really aren't any wine areas convenient to Vegas. We'd have about 6 days after Vegas to roam, so any suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks

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1. Re: From Vegas to California wine country

We're travelling from Las Vegas to Sonoma CA in June, however, the quickest route is about 580 miles so we've looked at some places we'd also like to visit along the way and have decided to go via Lee Vining to see more of Mono Lake (we enjoyed the birds and wildlife there last year on our way to Yosemite) and Lake Tahoe (where we've never been). This certainly isn't the quickest route but it does enable us to see a bit more of the country.

The distances we're doing look something like this:

Las Vegas to Lee Vining (staying 1 night) - 332 miles

Lee Vining to Lake Tahoe (staying 2 nights) - 117 miles

Lake Tahoe to Sonoma (we're staying in Bodega Bay for 3 nights) - 215 miles

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2. Re: From Vegas to California wine country

You Can also fly direct from Las Vegas to the Sonoma County airport in Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is in the middle of wine country. It's a quick flight on Horizon Air. Check out wineroad.com for some info & maps of all the wineries in the area. You'll also be less then an hour from all the Napa Valley wineries as well.

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3. Re: From Vegas to California wine country

The best place to ask these questions would be on the California or Napa/Sonoma forums. When you say wine country you are talking about Napa Valley or Sonoma?

California also has fairly large wine producing regions near Santa Barbara and Paso Robles, which would be closer to Las Vegas.

Personally we much prefer the town of Sonoma to the city of Napa. And there are some wonderful B&B's in the area, I would look at these instead of hotels. You might try bedandbreakfast.com. There are many little towns and vineyards to explore in the area, so if you have the time I would plan for a few days.

You don't mention what time of year but main harvest for these areas is early Fall. And the weather is fantastic then.

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4. Re: From Vegas to California wine country

The mid coastal area of Cali is a wonderful area with hundreds of wineries and much closer to Vegas than Naps/Sonoma. There are also some beautiful beaches nearby. It is where they filmed that famous wine tasting movie. Sorry, I can't remember the name.

You could stay in Santa Barbara and arrange a wine tour of the Santa Ynez Valley or get a map and go on your own. A little further north there is a great little resort called Sycamore Springs and Spa. Each room has it's own personal hot tub fed by the spring. There are wineries all over that area too and Pismo and Avila Beach.

Have a great time whatever you decide!!

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5. Re: From Vegas to California wine country

LaRue - the film is called Sideways.

It is filmed in the Santa Barbara wine region which is stunning. Famous for its Pinot Noirs which enjoy the slightly cooler climate.

Main town is called Solvang... a bizarre Danish enclave with one of the best value hotels in America... Hadsten House. Nearby is another charming town called Los Olivos.... a great place to kill a day wandering through the tasting rooms.

It took us 6hrs to drive from Los Olivos to LV last year.

There is a winery in Parhump near Vegas. Whilst the area is no Napa Valley it has its own charm and the wines are passable. They do a very good visitor tour.

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