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Holidays of my life - Napa on the list

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Holidays of my life - Napa on the list

Hi all,

Me and my boyfriend are planning our best holidays. As we come from a bit far away we would like to make the most of the 3 weeks.

To the point... We are planning to spend 3 days in Napa Valley (July 25-28) accommodated in Napa and enjoy wine-tasting and wonderful food. We are not wine specialists yet we appreciate Pinot Noir, Syrah or Cabernet.

I would be most grateful for any advise on how the stay might look like - places / vineyards worth visiting. Also, I got to know from a few posts I had already read that I should make resservations in vineyards and restaurants. How long in advance?

Looking forward your kind replies.


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1. Re: Holidays of my life - Napa on the list

Hi Rooda-

I'm wondering if you already have your accomodations, or if you don't whether you have a budget. It would really help in giving you recommendations. I really like staying in Calistoga or St Helena when I go to Napa Valley. Calistoga has a great small town feel and you can walk to many restaurants, shops and spas. St Helena is also a very pretty town, also with great places to eat and shop. Even if you don't stay in these towns, its worth it to spend some time wandering around. In Calistoga, I like having lunch or dinner on the patio of the Calistoga Inn. Its great in the summer months. In St Helena, I like the Martini House, but there are lots of choices in each. I'm sure you will get many other recommendations. You will be going at a great time of year- it will be warm- a great time to sit outside in the evening with a glass of wine. Hope you have a great time!

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In the Napa town area, you can go to Oxbow Public Market (www.oxbowpublicmarket.com) before or after you check into your lodging, and spend an hour or 2 browsing thru the local products and having a bite to eat or a glass of wine while relaxing. The next day get to COPIA (www.copia.org) not long after they open and plan to have lunch at Julia's Kitchen. That afternoon you can drive north on the Silverado Trail (www.silveradotrail.com) and stop at wineries like Black Stallion, Cliff Lede, Mumm Napa (be sure to visit their outstanding photographic art gallery). The following day take Hwy. 29 north from Napa all the way to Calistoga. You can visit wineries like Robert Mondavi (good tour), Peju Province, Schramsberg (great tour--you need advance reserv’s), Clos Pegase. These are just suggestions for winery stops--much will depend upon your personal preferences, so do some upfront research. A helpful site is www.napavintners.com Some wonderful lunch spots would be Auberge du Soleil above the Silverado Trail, with its terrace view over the Valley (it is on the expensive side) and Wappo Bar Bistro in Calistoga (nice casual patio dining). Dinner? The sky is the limit depending upon your budget and tastes, but I love Market in St. Helena, Bouchon and Redd in Yountville and both Angele and Celadon in the town of Napa. Brix and Rutherford Grill are also very good dining spots and not too expensive.

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The Indian Springs Resort is a very nice place to stay in Calistoga. In Younville, we loved our stay at the Villagio Inn & Spa. Have fun! :)

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One of the best vacations I ever had! My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary in Napa last July. We spent two nights in San Francisco and three in Napa. I have a very detailed review of our trip (if you'd like it, email me or search my name under the forum for "Napa Trip Review") but we enjoyed the following wineries the most: Jessup Cellars, Paoletti, Peju, Hagafen, Clos Pegase, Vincent Arroyo, Casa Nuestra and (my fave) Frog's Leap. We stayed at the River Terrace Inn. They have some good packages on their site, beautiful rooms that includes a very nice breakfast.

I reserved our room about 6 months in advance and many of the vineyards about 3 months in advance (check their websites and email or call). I used opentable.com for our restaurants so for most I couldn't make the reservation until 1-2 months before.

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