We have a vacation planned for Guerneville and surrounding wine country. Should we cancel and look for something further south of San Francisco?
is this in November or December? Or this month. I would cancel if it is this month
It's for next week. October 16-20
Lady at our hotel says it's beautiful blue skies there. I'm suspect of that.
i would not go to the area next week
For wine country vacations further south similar to Napa and Sonoma you might want to check the central coast. There is the Paso Robles Wineries and San Luis Obispo. There is a Harvest Wine Festival planned for next weekend
If interested plan on getting lodging now (like today). Areas to stay at include Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, San Simeon, Cambria (etc.).
For more on those wineries see
There is also cute scarecrows in front of the businesses and lodges in San Simeon and Cambria to see.
Other places to consider for winery visits closer to San Francisco Bay area include
1) Livermore (some wineries are only open Friday - Sunday ,but its a good area to visit.)
2) Santa Cruz Mountain and Santa Clara Valley Wineries
Just wanted to give you some suggestions.
Right now, the fires in Napa/Sonoma are like 1 to 2 per cent contained, high winds expected again today, and lots of fire damage. Please do plan on an alternative area.
If you would like more information on any of these winery regions, what to do, etc. post another forum question so we can answer with more details.
its very sad right now (and with family and friends in Napa/Sonoma its emotionally sad as well for me.).
but there is still a lot of fun times you can enjoy in California.
I live in SF, and a have place in Guerneville. Friends that live in Sta Rosa, which has seen a lot of fire damage have evacuated to Guerneville. It's far enough West that it's in no danger from the fires. Knowing how much the whole areas depend on tourism, I would keep your plans and go.
For the most part, everything West of the 101 has not been affected, which means you can still go wine tasting in Dry Creek Valley & Russian River Valleys. The town of Healdsburg, a tourism favorite and magnet with it's quaint town square is also undamaged.
Happy to offer recommendations on where to go or places to see if you'd like.Edited: 12 October 2017, 04:09
Kships....I was told today by my VRBO in Healdsburg that all is well there. We are headed there the 30th and she said she would keep us informed if anything changes, but is looking forward to hosting us. We have a hotel booked for downtown Napa after that. I'm wondering if we should keep that one.
I would contact the hotel in Napa for sure! They're def being affected by the fire.
Folks, one concern that hasn't been mentioned is air quality. I'd recommend that you check with agencies that monitor that before deciding to go out there- people in the Healdsburg winery industry are wearing air breathers to work at the wineries due to poor air quality.
So I'm in Guerneville. Our air quality is quite good. Of course that's because the winds are blowing in from the ocean and all the really bad smoke is heading south into the SF Bay area.
We've been waking up to bright blue sky. By afternoon it's a little hazy and slightly smoky. Most of our smoke seems to be coming from the fires in Mendocino county. So your innkeeper is not lying to you.
The nicest thing you could possibly do is to keep your reservation and come to Sonoma County. Our area depends heavily on tourism and, well, wine. We love tourists that come and drink and buy wine. Your visit will help keep folks employed, doing their jobs and I promise you that everyone you meet will go out of their way to make certain you have a great time and to express their appreciation for your support.
Lots of tourist related businesses are closed this week, but we all hope that by next week, the fires will be under control and things will be improving. I had to do errands in Santa Rosa today and while the air was certainly hazy it wasn't as bad as I had expected. The air in Guerneville this evening was fine. The ocean beaches have been lovely this week. It really depends on what your plans were for your time in Guerneville.
If you have a health condition - cancel. If conditions change, then your innkeeper will probably call and cancel your reservation. But we in Sonoma County are a resilient folk and we love helping visitors have a great time when they come and stay.