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Napa Valley: Wine Country in Three Days

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You can pack a lot into a long weekend in Napa Valley (it's not that big, after all!). For three days in Napa Valley, start strong with sparkling wine and biscuits for breakfast and you'll find yourself shooting pool with locals at Napa Valley's most famous dive bar into the wee hours. In between? A casual picnic, a modern art museum, dessert on a train and plenty of wine tasting, of course. All this, and more, makes Napa Valley the perfect spot for a long-weekend getaway.
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1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
A replica of the Taittinger-owned Chateau de la Marquetterie in Champagne, Domaine Carneros, perched amid endlessly sprawling vineyards of chardonnay and pinot noir in the Los Carneros growing region between Napa and Sonoma, is like a Disneyland...
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2181 N 3rd Ave, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Although only about 15 minutes from downtown Napa, by the time you get to the gates of Meteor Vineyard, you may wonder if you are still in Napa Valley. Where are the balloons and crowded tasting rooms and stretch limos? Not in Coombsville. One of...
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7856 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562, USA
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Take advantage of the Mediterranean-like climate in Napa Valley (it rarely rains between May and October) and pack a picnic — without compromising on the quality of your cuisine, of course. The Oakville Grocery on Highway 29 has been supplying...
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6510 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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Start the evening the way every evening should, with oysters and a bottle of sauvignon blanc. Bistro Jeanty's happy hour (Monday through Thursday 4-6pm) includes dollar oysters from the West Coast and a good selection of local white wine. Sit at...
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6534 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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Some say that Keller’s second restaurant in Yountville is even better than his flagship, the French Laundry. The rest of us may never know. But Bouchon is open until midnight seven days a week, and you can grab a seat at the bar without a...
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6764 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
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If Rose, the proprietor at Pancha's, gives you a hard time (ie threatens to throw you out and beat up your girlfriend), don't worry — it's just part of the experience. Order a Coors Banquet, try to keep you're mouth shut and if you're lucky, you...
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755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Swimming pools should be mandatory in a place with as many sunny days and awesome views as Napa Valley. Solage resort in Calistoga, on a vast swath of valley floor, has one of the very best. From the expansive pool deck and lounge area—where you...
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4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Wealthy vintners in Napa Valley love to wax on about their love of and appreciation for wine and art: as if one serves as a vessel for the other. While it often feels that the connection is fabricated — its main intention to sell either the former...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
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“If you go to our own local market in Napa called the Oxbow, there’s a spice company there, and you get to open up all the lids and smell the spices,” says Pam Starr. “I like to go and be inspired by different smells. They...
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875 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Round Pond isn’t your average winery. Their philosophy is the creation of fresh and expressive wines and foods that delight the senses. They are also expert producers of olive oils and vinegars. Instead of a...
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1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
If you guess this to be an explosion of delicious sweetness in the form of tiramisu cloaked in milk chocolate, then you're right. No, it didn't come from a countryside baker in Italy, but rather aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Touristy as it...