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Recreate the gal-pal weekend in "Wine Country" with our guide to a Sonoma County girls' getaway. Click through the gallery for details. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
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Book a "girls just wanna have fun" kind of hotel: Picking a place to stay in Sonoma County can be hard - there are almost too many great places to choose from. The retro-chic Sandman Inn in Santa Rosa is a budget-friendly option with a heated pool and hot tub, plus $10 canned rosé from local winemaker West & Wilder. Along with mid-century modern mecca The Astro Motel, it's a popular pick among city girls and Instagram influencers. Another cool destination is Boon Hotel & Spa in Guerneville (pictured) with suites for groups of friends and a happy hour by the pool. Many local hotels offer special girls getaway packages, including the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country. For a more pampered experience, check into a local spa-hotel.
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The bar at the Sandman Inn in Santa Rosa opens up toward the pool area. (Courtesy photo)
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Decorated with vintage 1960s-era furnishings and decor (that is available for purchase), The Astro Motel in Santa Rosa is featured on many Instagram feeds. It's among Goop's favorite Sonoma County spots. (Photo by Christopher Chung)
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The Kenwood Inn & Spa is one of the most popular spa-hotels in Sonoma County. (Courtesy photo)
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Plan your wine tasting experience: The majority of wineries in Sonoma County are small, family-owned establishments that don’t necessarily have the capacity to host more than a few people at a time. So plan ahead and make reservations, or add some of the larger wineries to your trip itinerary, like Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville (make reservations to sip the winery's Sofia rosé poolside with your friends). For more great options, check out our guide to the best Sonoma wineries for first-time visitors.
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...But don't get too itinerary-obsessed: While it's good to make some plans ahead of your trip, don't make a strict itinerary like Amy Poehler's character, leaving no time to linger at each winery and no room for improvisation. Make sure you get to fully enjoy the experience – in Sonoma County, you can pair wine with all kinds of delicious local cheese, charcuterie and foods, or with a fun activity (like bocce) or some other unique experience, like sipping wine in a lavender field at Matanzas Creek Winery. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)
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Take advantage of wine tasting deals: The Wine Road Tasting Pass ($35) affords up to four cardholder complimentary tastings of three wines at over 70 participating wineries. The Harvest Card provides the cardholder and one guest access to complimentary tastings and discounts on bottle purchases, as well as discounts at local partner hotels (like the Sandman Inn). (Photo by John Burgess)
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Winery-hop safely: If you don't have a designated driver in your group, hire a shuttle service like Pure Luxury. In addition to driving guests to destinations of their choice, the shuttle service also organizes tours, like "Pure Fun" from Matanzas Creek Winery to Kendall Jackson to the Murphy-Goode Tasting Room in downtown Healdsburg. Lyft and Uber are available in Sonoma County. (Photo courtesy of @whiskeyandlace)
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Pure Luxury's Pure Fun tour takes guests from Matanzas Creek Winery in southern Santa Rosa, to Kendall Jackson in northern Santa Rosa, to the Murphy-Goode Tasting Room in downtown Healdsburg. (Photo courtesy of @whiskeyandlace)
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Two words - wine slushy: Sample wine in a slightly different form with a frosé (frozen rosé) or wine slushy. At Château Diana in Healdsburg you can enjoy slushified versions of wine, including their popular frosé, on a sun-dappled patio overlooking vineyards. Here are more ways to rosé all day, or add a splash of pink to your Sonoma County trip.
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Corn Flake + Maple, Buttermilk Berry Crumble, and Lucky Charms at Noble Folk in Healdsburg. (Courtesy photo)
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Go afternoon tasting: Zin-lovers should make their way to Armida Winery on Westside Road for some PoiZin and a whole lot of fun. If you're looking for good spots for a girlfriends' photo op, we've lined up some of the most Instagrammable wineries in Sonoma County, including Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens in Santa Rosa. DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa (pictured) is a good place to win(e)d down; their wine is featured in "Wine Country" the movie.
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Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph in "Wine Country." (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
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Have tapas for dinner and say hello to the original "Paella-guy:" In "Wine Country," actor Jason Schwartzman plays a paella-making character loosely based on Gerard Nebesky, Sonoma County "Paella-guy" and restaurateur. Nebesky, who organized Poehler and co.'s Wine Country birthday trip, has been friends with actor and comedian Rachel Dratch for more than a decade (Dratch stars in the movie). While Nebesky may not share a lot of similarities with his Hollywood counterpart, he does serve fantastic paella and tapas at his Santa Rosa restaurant, Gerard's Paella y Tapas. Share a selection of small plates, seafood paella and pitchers of sangria.
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Jason Schwartzman plays the Paella-guy in "Wine Country" the movie. Schwartzman is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. (Photo courtesy of Netflix)
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A selection of plates at Gerard's Paella y Tapas in Santa Rosa. (Photo by John Burgess)
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Do after dinner drinks like a local: Considering its small size, downtown Santa Rosa serves up a surprisingly wide variety of creatively crafted cocktails. Find some of the best ones at Perch & Plow, overlooking the courthouse square (pictured), or opt for bubbles and more photo ops at new and hip The Jade Room. Craving a margarita? Head to La Rosa Tequileria & Grille; they have 12 different kinds (La Diabla, with lime, strawberry, or mango, and muddled jalapeño peppers, is a favorite).
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The Drop It Like It's Hot cocktail from Perch & Plow, named after the Snoop Dogg song, features Charbay blood orange vodka, Ancho Reyes, pineapple, pineapple/habanero shrub, orange juice, and lemon. (Courtesy photo)
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Retro-chic champagne bar The Jade Room in Santa Rosa serves up bubbles and Instagram-worthy decor. (Photo by Heather Irwin)
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A popular shot at The Jade Room. (Photo by Heather Irwin)
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Prickly Pear Margarita at La Rosa Tequileria & Grille in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)
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In need of some kneading? Head to Jessie Jing's Massage Therapy in Santa Rosa for a $29 hourlong massage.
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Glimpse into the future: If you are seeking guidance from otherworldly sources, like the tarot card reader Amy Poehler hires in the movie, Sonoma County has an assortment of tarot and palm readers, mediums, and spiritual counselors. Many do house calls and can meet your group at your hotel or AirBnb. Call psychic John at Santa Rosa Palm Reader; it’s a family-run business, so you might get John, his mother, or one of his two sisters. If you are in Sonoma, connect with Kristine at the Tarot Art & Tattoo Gallery in Boyes Hot Springs.
5 thoughts on “How to Do a Girls Getaway in Sonoma a la Amy Poehler’s ‘Wine Country’ Movie”
The movie was Hilarious! “Things we say now” LOLOLOLOLOL
I literally want to go and rewatch all of THE NANNY again!
That movie was absolutely crap. How anyone could watch it and enjoy it is beyond me.
Please don’t waste your time on this very stupid movie. My husband quit after 15 minutes. I wish I had.
Universally panned by anyone with a brain and soul. This movie will be quickly forgotten unlike the cirrhosis excessive drinking brings on.