Friday, March 9, 2012

Napa Valley Done Right

We rented a car in San Francisco and drove to Napa Valley! I highly recommend stopping in Sausalito to have lunch at Fish! We loved this restaurant and would go back any time! As the name implies, they serve seafood in generous portions.
350 Harbor Drive
Sausalito, California 94965
(415) 331-FISH

I cannot recommend the Inn on First enough! This definitely ranks at the top of our lists of Bed and Breakfasts we have stayed at! Everything was immaculate and I felt like was in a fairy tale staying here. I chose this hotel based on the awesome reviews on Trip Advisor as well as the price. We stayed here for less than $200/night which is hard to believe. The location is great because you are walking distance to the town square. One of the highlights for me was the breakfast that was included in our stay. They never served the same thing twice and this was the perfect way to start your day in Napa!!
As for the wineries, I had a terrible time choosing which ones to go to! There are just so many and it depends on what you like. The highlights for me were Frog's Leap and Swanson Vineyards.
Frog's Leap Winery-This winery was recommended to me by a good friend. This is a smaller winery which I think is why I loved it so much. Make sure you make reservations for your tour ahead of time because they only allot so many spaces per tour. Also, the tours with wine tastings are FREE which is another incentive to go here!!!
Swanson Vineyards-This is a more intimate tasting where your wine is paired with small bites. There are only 6-8 people at a tasting and it is quite costly at $65/person. However, it was an amazing experience and this is where I was introduced to dessert wines (my fave). Reservations are a must.
Domaine Carneros-This is the place to go for your champagne tasting!
Honig Vineyard and Winery-There is an awesome patio where the tastings are done. Tastings cost only $10/person.
Hendry Vineyard and Winery-I wish we had gone here. This winery gives very educational and informative tours and from what I have read, plan on staying here for a few hours.
We also went to Artesa Winery which I did not think was anything special. However, their grounds are beautiful and we took some of my favorite pictures here (see below).
Again, I wanted to share with you a few more wineries that some of my friends recommended that we did not get to go to:
Joseph Phelps
Cakebread Cellars
Quintessa (Wine caves are here!)

Oakville Grocery-Great place to grab a sandwich in between wineries if you do not want a sit down lunch.
Mustard's Grill-This is the place to go if you want a sit down lunch. For the most part, we were always on the go and did not feel like having a fancy lunch because we wanted to save room for dinner but this is the perfect option if you want that!
Gott's Roadside-Go here for a nice, greasy burger in a no-frills setting!

You would be amazed at how many Michelin-star restaurants there are in Napa Valley! We did not get a chance to go to the highly coveted, 3 Michelin-Star restaurant, French Laundry but if you want to splurge, go here! Make sure you plan ahead because most restaurants in Napa Valley require reservations far in advance!
Redd-This is a fancy, white table cloth restaurant that serves fine American food. The food did live up to our expectations but the portion sizes were less than impressive which is typical for this type of a restaurant. Don't go here expecting Texas-size portions!
Bottega-Italian food in a rustic yet cozy space.
Ad Hoc-This was on my list to go to and disappointingly we never made it here! Instead, we went to Ubuntu which I do not recommend. Ad Hoc, also a Michelin-star place, has been written up countless times for their exquisite American cuisine. Pin It


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