A marvelous thing happens as you travel Highway 101 through the spine of Sonoma County. The scenic journey takes you through a collection of small cities and towns that appear classically rural on the surface. Take an exit off the highway, explore a little, and one discovers restaurants, inns and conversation of cosmopolitan quality, missing only the pretension and the price. One of these fine towns is Geyserville, just an hour or so north of San Francisco. It’s a great California countryside day trip for sightseeing and picnicking, and an even better place for an overnight or weekend stay.