Ahh… it’s so nice to be in this middle ground between having kids in car seats and being empty nesters. Our two kids (still living at home) are college aged and don’t require any day to day handholding. We get to enjoy having them around but we also get to travel whenever we want! So off we go; my husband and I, for some alone time together and maybe a little wine tasting along the way.
The Napa Valley is simply breathtaking. With beautiful vineyards meandering over rolling hills in every direction, and its European like flair, Napa is a destination unlike any other. Leave the kids at home for this one and enjoy the casual sophistication of days filled with winery visits, world class dining and boutique hotels that will make you want to stay forever.
The wine scene in Napa is without a doubt one of the best in the world. over 400 wineries are in operation here and no matter what your interests you can find the perfect place to taste wine and learn all about how it is made. The unique temperature and soil conditions of Napa have helped to make it a producer of some of the best wines made anywhere. Napa is known for its amazing Cabernet Sauvignon but you will also find some incredible offerings of Chardonnay, Pino Noir and many other outstanding varietals.
Stop in to see the Robert Mondavi Winery https://www.robertmondaviwinery.com for a great tour and tasting. You will learn about how Napa became what it is, learn how wine is produced and taste some fantastic examples of Napas best wines.
For a taste of old Europe be sure to visit Silverado Vineyards http://www.silveradovineyards.com. Here you will find a variety of tour options, a quaint wine shop and views to die for! Be sure you spend some time on the winery’s terrace which overlooks some of the best views of the historic Stags Leap district of Napa.
Bring your appetite because the food scene here is alive and well. In the small town of Yountville (known as a popular destination for foodies) you will find 2 Michelin rated restaurants (Bouchon https://www.thomaskeller.com/bouchonyountville and French Laundry https://www.thomaskeller.com/tfl) plus a plethora of other bistros and roadside eateries that will leave your head spinning . (Be sure to check out Mustards on highway 29). If noodles are your thing you can try Noodle Eight in the town of Napa. Its a hidden gem with some of the best Ramen around!
Accommodations run the gamut from inexpensive inns and hotel to some great high end spa style offerings. I recommend bedandbreakfast.com, homeway.com or kayak.com to help you find a great fit for your visit.
The combination of naturally beauty plus a fascinating wine and food culture make Napa a true world class destination. Be sure to add it to your list of not to miss destinations!