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The Perfect Weekend in Napa Valley

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The Napa Valley is the ideal destination for a long weekend, whether you're with friends, family, or your partner. Tasting rooms, hot-air balloons, museums, Michelin-starred dining experiences, biking trails, and wine trains can keep you as busy and intrigued until the minute you leave. You can pack a lot into a long weekend in Napa Valley: a casual picnic, a modern art museum, dessert on a train, a spa treatment, and plenty of wine tasting, of course.
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4086 Byway E, Napa, CA 94558, USA
The morning mist rolls away as we float above in a hot air baloon, revealing the patterns of Napa serenely below.
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7856 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562, USA
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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8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
If you're in the Napa Valley, you must make a stop at Frog's Leap Winery. It's an environmentally conscious winery that believes in sustainable farming and using solar power and local resources. When you walk into this winery, it's like you're...
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6534 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Absolutely fantastic, was gone before I had a chance to take another PIC! Down to the bone to chew on and the bread smeared every drop. Superb service to boot on another sunny day.
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Napa, CA, USA
When completed, the Napa Valley Vine Trail will be a 47-mile-long walking and cycling path that will run the length of the valley from Vallejo's Ferry Terminal to Calistoga at the foot of Mount St. Helena. For now, however, the completed...
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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
Yes, the Hess Collection in Napa makes wine and sells it under the same name. But really, the brand is about something equally wonderful in entirely different ways: modern art. Owner and entrepreneur Donald Hess began collecting art in the 1960s,...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napastäk, inside the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, is a modern-day gourmet grocery store, complete with organic ketchup, handmade pasta, pasta sauces, and sake and wasabi mustard (to name a few best-selling products). The store also...
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1050 Charter Oak Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Simplicity rules the day at the Charter Oak, the latest restaurant from the Restaurant at Meadowood’s Christopher Kostow. The St. Helena eatery—in the building that once housed a Napa Valley favorite, Tra Vigne—specializes in...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Oxbow Public Market gives an excellent introduction to the food and atmosphere of Northern California. The market supports sustainable, local agriculture and production. There are many shops and food purveyors, mostly casual offerings where you...
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875 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Round Pond Estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley, is an absolutely stunning property. You can take a tour of their olive groves and taste their oils on one part of the property and then move over to the winery to sample their wines with delectable...
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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...
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1429 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Architect and founder Howard Backen designed the space occupied by St. Helena’s Archetype (he’s also the owner), so it’s no wonder the bright and airy dining room is a sight to behold. Everything in the restaurant revolves around...
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933 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
One of the best burgers around. If you are spending any amount of time in the wine country you need to head to Gott's Roadside in Napa for gourmet burgers, fries, and shakes.
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Napa, CA, USA
I love wine, but even I need a break from wine tasting. A nice way to break up a day of eating and drinking in Napa Valley is to explore the great art on display for free in downtown Napa. Every other year, the Arts Council Napa Valley curates a...
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4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This refined 28-acre resort set in the rolling hills between downtown Sonoma and downtown Napa makes guests feel relaxed the moment they check in. The vistas are unobstructed from the resort’s pool areas, and many of the property’s 94...
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930 Franklin St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
When Colleen Fleming and Aubrey Bailey opened Cadet in 2014, it was like hanging fly paper for the local wine community. For starters, it was located squarely in Downtown Napa, but also tucked away on a side street away from stumbling tourists....
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1030 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The Napa Valley Opera House, squat in the center of town, provides a cultural benchmark for the community. The 500-seat theater offers one of the best venues for music in the valley—the calendar offers ballet, opera, classical, and...