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Labor Day Wknd - Itinerary Help Please!! : )

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Labor Day Wknd - Itinerary Help Please!! : )

FIguring that that Sunday will be crowded, we've decided on visiting Sterling, V Sattui, and Domaine Chandon (in that order). We heard the eastbound level of the Bay Bridge will be closed that weekend, so we'll be taking the Golden Gate Bridge up to Napa.

1st question: Is it best to take the 101 to the 37 (adjacent to San Pablo Bay) to the 29, or should we take the 101 up to Petaluma and then cut across the region using the 116 to 12 to 121 to 29???

2nd question: Is it a good plan to start at Sterling then just travel south on the 29?? Are we missing anything by not going on the Silverado Trail? Since all the wineries we want to see are off the 29, we're not really thinking about driving on the SIlverado Trail if there really isn't any reason for it...

and lastly: Where's a good place to stop and eat breakfast off the 29? Something not too heavy and maybe an area with a grocery nearby (to buy water, snacks, etc...). The only place that we're considering at the moment is Bouchon bakery in Yountville...

Thanks a trillion!!!!!!!

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1. Re: Labor Day Wknd - Itinerary Help Please!! : )


Sunday Sept 3 will be insane.

V Sattui and Sterling will have over 1000 visitors that day-- you will spend much of your time in line, or trying to get into/out of the parking lots.

101 N to 37 E to 12/121 to 29 is the way to go from SF to Napa.

Please consider some alternative wine regions-- the Russian River, the Alexander Valley, or-- if you have your heart set on Napa, get here really early (cross the GG bridge around 7 am at the very latest), and head all the way up to Calistoga first, then go south.

Hwy 29 northbound will be a parking lot for much of the day (that's why we locals take the Silverado Trail ;).

In Napa, there are literally more than 100 smaller wineries you could visit-- and they will not have the crowds, the jams, the cars, the lines-- you will spend more than 3-4 hours on Sunday just *waiting* if you go to Sterling, Sattui, and Domaine Chandon. Not fun. :(

Why not go to Artesa (great view), p/u picnic fixin's at a grocery store, and do a smaller winery w/picnic tables, then finish off the day at a sparkling winery in the Carneros? You'll have a blast, and spend *hours* less driving/waiting/standing in line.

To all others who are coming to Napa this coming Labor Day Weekend: Talk to your Napa innkeepers ahead of time. You'll need maps, routes around the traffic jams, suggestions for smaller family wineries, and-- most important-- you'll need advance reservations for dinner (everything-- everything--- will be full).

Labor Day weekend can be a lot of fun here-- but you need to approach it from a different perspective, and not go to the "top 10" wineries, since that's where hundreds and hundreds of others will be!

-The Innkeepers

Napa Old World Inn

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