How can you possibly see all there is to see in Napa in a weekend? Well you can’t. Like trying to see the entire Louvre museum in a day - It’s just not possible. In order to fully grasp the magnitude of this thriving valley you need at least five days - and even then you are barely scratching the surface. With more than 450 wineries, world class dining, art, shopping and award winning spas, it takes more than a couple days to even begin to get a feel for this dynamic valley. But give me 48 hours and I can get you close.
For the food and wine traveler looking to escape - no lose themselves - for a couple days, in stunning scenery, vibrant flavors, and a world devoted to the senses and "The World's Best Wine and Food Destination", (as awarded by Trip Advisor’s 2010 Travelers' Choice Awards) – behold, I present to you your itinerary for an unforgettable weekend in Napa.
Stay: Westin Hotel – There are of course several luxury hotels tucked into hillsides throughout the valley, but the pure convenience of the Westin makes this hotel a winner. The open, fresh and modern hotel with friendly and accommodating service is centrally located and walking distance to downtown Napa.
A thirty-six mile round trip journey from Napa to St. Helena and back, through beautiful and historic wineries, Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald, designs a gourmet lunch menu that changes seasonally, sourcing ingredients locally and sustainably. You will see the entire valley - bottom to top, learn its history, dine on a delicious lunch and stretch your legs in less than half a day. http://winetrain.rezgo.com/details/9528/gourmet-lunch
2. The Conn Creek Barrel Blending Experience – one of my all time favorite excursions. The Conn Creek’s ‘Barrel Blending Experience’ is a one-of-a-kind, unique interactive experience where you get to play winemaker for the day, selecting, blending, bottling and corking, even designing a handmade label for your very own bottle of wine - which you can then take home or have shipped wherever you like. Besides the fact that the Bottle Blending Experience is super fun, creative and tremendously informative, it’s also one of the best general wine education courses you can get in under two Conn Creek Winery does it masterfully. https://www.conncreek.com/AvaRoom/BlendingExperience
3. Dinner: A short walk over the bridge of the Napa River to Oenotri Restaurant gives you a chance to slow down, absorb the day and watch the sun set. The casual eatery feels more San Fran than downtown Napa with its buzzing scene and industrial feel. The food is simple, tasty and well executed. A daily-changing menu of rustic dishes built around the freshest local product available with a Southern Italian emphasis -dinner here is delicious, fun and refreshing. oenotri.com
5. Dinner at Meadowood – a true gastronomique masterpiece, this Michelin 3 star restaurant, is the dining experience among dining experiences - anywhere in the world. An intimate dining room, refined, elegant and uber chic, you are in for an exquisite and unforgettable meal. Order the seasonal tasting menu and savor the flavors of Napa. Sourced from hyper local farms, the cuisine tells the story of life in the Valley. This culinary finale is the perfect way to end your weekend in Napa. http://www.meadowood.com/dining/the-restaurant