Why go in summer: To kick it vine-side, and poolside, in low-key Alexander Valley.

Main drag: Geyserville Avenue is 2 blocks of Wild West-looking brick storefronts housing galleries, tasting rooms, and one especially tasty pizza parlor.

Looking for an actual geyser? Head about 25 miles southeast to Calistoga.

Dress code: Country casual. Leave the blazer and black dress at home.

What it has: Cows, character, and world-class Cabernet.

What it lacks: Luxe hotels. You’ll find those, plus Michelin-star restaurants, about 8 miles south in Healdsburg.

Complete Sunset article can be found HERE.