A Weekend in Napa
I am so excited to share with you my incredible weekend in the Napa Valley. If you have never been out to Napa (and you like wine) move this trip up on your bucket list. It makes a fun girls weekend, but if your significant other enjoys wine, it would make a great couple’s trip, too.
We stayed at the Westin Verasa, which I loved. It is convenient enough to walk to dinner in downtown Napa. It has a great restaurant onsite where we had breakfast each day. They have a Keurig in the room with coffee (a clutch feature when you’re in Napa). They have a nice, roomy gym (that was almost empty). The staff were all super nice and helpful, and brought us anything we asked for. We stayed in a suite, which was two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room with a pull out sofa. There were 5 of us, so the suite was perfect.
I have been on another girls trip to Napa, and we stayed in Yountville at the Villagio Inn and Spa, which is seriously one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. We were able to use their spa facilities every morning, which was SO nice and they had an incredible buffet breakfast. Yountville is home to tons of amazing restaurants (including the very famous French Laundry), so it’s very walkable for dinner as well. You really can’t go wrong, but if I had to pick, I would choose to stay in Yountville.
A note on wineries and restaurants in Napa: make reservations everywhere! You want to have a plan and you don’t want to get stuck waiting. Having a reservation at the winery so they are expecting you makes the experience so much more special. We just Ubered from place to place the first day in Sonoma and then hired a driver the second day in Napa, and I can’t tell you how much of a difference having a driver makes (specifically the one we used because he booked our entire itinerary). The right driver will take you to less commercialized, more private wineries where you may meet the owner or the winemaker. To me, it’s like walking into someone’s home as opposed to just walking into a public bar. We also did not have the best luck using Uber on our first day. Some of the wineries are pretty remote, so it can be tough to find an Uber to bring you home. We waited an hour for our Uber to pick us up in Sonoma and the winery had already closed! If you plan better, you may have better luck, but we did not.
The Westin Verasa lobby.
The courtyard at the Westin Verasa.
The view from our room at the Westin Verasa.
Day 1! Before heading out for our first tasting (AKA the best we will look this whole trip, haha).
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First stop: Gloria Ferrer for bubbles!
The tasting room at Gloria Ferrer.
View from the patio at Gloria Ferrer.
Second stop: Ram’s Gate. The entrance and interior at Ram’s Gate. ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!
Sunset over the field at Ram’s Gate.
Cheese and charcuterie board at Ram’s Gate. Delicious!
Looking into tasting room of Ram’s Gate from patio. Isn’t it perfect?!
We were having no fun at all…haha.
Dinner that night was at Celadon. It had the cutest entrance!
We had an awesome table right by the fireplace out on the porch.
Day 2, let’s go!
We started day 2 at the charming Aonair Wine.
Any where that takes us out in an ATV is my kind of place.
We rode through the vineyard (wine in hand) to this view.
It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy our wine.
They have a beautiful tasting room and back deck for those who don’t want to ride the ATV, but I highly recommend it!
Our next stop was Amizetta Estate Winery.
And I thought the views could not get any better!
The most PERFECT spot to enjoy our wine.
They have a gorgeous tasting room as well, and the most adorable hosts!
Entrance to the wine cave.
At Amizetta, we were able to visit the wine cave and taste straight from a barrel!
This view was everything!
It was definitely time for food…our lunch was at Brasswood, which was INSANELY delicious!
Our last stop of the day was the perfectly quaint Bremer Family Winery.
This place may have not had the same views, but we met and talked to the actual winemaker, which was super cool.
And I’m saving the best for last, the man who created our itinerary for day 2 (including the incredible restaurant for lunch), drove us all day, and listened to us sing at the top of our lungs ‘What About Us’ by Pink, the amazing Nathaniel Beckum. It’s the second time I have used him as my driver in Napa, and he is nothing short of amazing. He knows Napa Valley (having grown up there) and knows wine (being a sommelier). I CANNOT recommend him highly enough…if you are going to Napa, booking him is an absolute must. He will make your trip, I promise! You can visit his website HERE, or email him and please tell him I sent you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email me if you have any specific questions! Megan@shopboem.com