An easy drive north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is a perfect weekend getaway! It's great for couples or groups of friends to explore different wineries--some with really awesome architecture, indulge in new wines, and drive along some the most beautiful nature views ever. Fall is a great...more
TKO's, macarons, chocolate cherry cookies. I'm in heaven. The macarons here are delightful--never too dry which many other bakeries can't boast. Coffee is delicious too. If you're in Yountville and looking for a great lunch, skip the Bouchon restaurant next door and go to...more
Spring Mountain Estate (Vineyard) is part of Fisher Vineyards, and it is a fantastic...my experience here was unlike any other winery visits! I went here in July 2010 with 5 other friends. We arrived at the Estate for lunch where Mrs. Fisher herself cooked us lunch! We saw only one other party during...more
Delicious pastries! Also a great deli with tasty sandwiches. I always stop by here on my trips to Napa, even if I'm just buying stuff to bring home. They sell a lot of unique gourmet delights like jams, olive oil, etc.
We were lucky enough to stay at Calistoga Ranch in July 2010 with two other couples in the two-bedroom lodge. It has a guest house which comfortably fit the third pair, although that room doesn't have a shower (just a restroom). It's a bonafied 5-star hotel with excellent service and a...more
I went to Nicholson Ranch a few years back where the bride and groom treated all guests to a pre-wedding celebration BBQ the day before the wedding. It was really fun, and the BBQ was great! The Ranch is very expansive and nice.
I always stop by the Napa Premium Outlets on my way to, or on my way back from Napa. The outlet is off Highway 29 which is en route to Napa. Among the many stores here are BCBG and j.crew. How can I say no? :-)
Yountville Inn is a great place to stay for your next Wine Country Weekend. We stayed here for a wedding a few years ago. The rooms are nice, and every afternoon, they served baked goods from Bouchon Bakery in the lobby <3 They also have a small pool area...not too big, but nice if you just want to take a...more
Rutherford Grill is an excellent choice if you're in wine country. I find that my experience with Hillstone restaurants is generally consistent, and this did not fail! Went here with friends, and we were all happy with our entrees.
Lava Vine stands out to me because it's sort of cowboy-ish, ranch setting and decor are so different from other Napa wineries. The 2009 Napa Valley Viognier is an inexpensive and great-tasting summer wine. I wouldn't say the wines here are super exceptional, but they are decent, and I...more