Are you looking for a way to touch the flavor of the wine country without going all the way to Napa. I know about a hidden treasure. Of course, nothing can replace Napa but if you have kids or restless family members try this one.
Take HWY 37 just inside Novato limits, (about 15 minutes from Mill Valley) then HWY 126 towards Sonoma and Napa. You will pass the Racetrack on your left and then Viansa on your right. Go about another 2 miles and you will see Gloria Ferrar on your left. Go there, sit on the deck, sip champagne and have some small bites. Next stop is right across the main road at Cornerstone, Sonoma.
There is a wavy, wacky picket fence and a giant blue plantation chair at the entry. You can’t miss it. There is a lovely deli, an amazing found object store, really cool to look at with kids, an art and architecture book store and a great pots and a sculpture store. But the best part is what most people miss which is the landscaped garden. Find a dry day this winter and have fun.