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The entire Northern California wine-making region is named after Napa, but each town in the valley has its own unique personality. Napa is the central locale where most people start and there are great wineries, restaurants and hotels to make any trip, whether it is a weekend or a week, a good one.
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7399 St Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558, USA
After a day of wine tasting nothing hits the spot quite like some juicy pulled pork. If you are cruising around Napa looking for a yummy meal, I would recommend Mustards. But definitely call ahead or be ready to wait, this place is in high demand...
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4029 Hagen Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Palmaz Vineyards is a family run estate in the best sense of the term: everyone, from the patriarch to the kids, has a role in running this state-of-the-art California winery. If James Bond wanted to make wine, he would start at Palmaz in the Napa...
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8445 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA
Crisp and sunny Sunday at Mumm in Napa Valley, California. The January afternoon vibe contains the tormenting promise of the richness which is yet to come. The place specializes in champagne, art and a distinct kind of playfulness, best enjoyed at...
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610 1st St #22, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napa Valley has so much to offer that as a local, sometimes you find hidden gems within your own backyard. On our way out of the valley and into SF last night we decided to stop by the Oxbow Market in downtown Napa until traffic subsided. We were...
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5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Yes, Napa Valley is known for its wine, but the Di Rosa Preserve highlights the art of Northern California. Rene and Veronica di Rosa had a personal passion for art and artists. Their home, the Di Rosa Preserve, became the focal point not only for...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Think of the Oxbow like a high-end shopping mall for food and wine. On the east side of the Napa River, the market brings together a number of epicurean purveyors under one roof (well, technically, it’s three different roofs). The result:...
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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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1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
There’s something romantic about train travel isn’t there? And when the journey is on tracks that have been around for more than 150 years in one of the word's most scenic wine regions, the ride is even sweeter. If you’re looking...
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1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
It was my first dinner out in Downtown Napa (the new place to be in Napa Valley), and it set the bar very high for the rest of my stay. My dinner at Oenotri was one of the best I've ever had. From the salad of beets, arugula, and oranges, the...
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8815 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573, USA
Before there can be quality wine, or even quality grapes, there needs to be quality dirt. Frog’s Leap Winery is located in one of the most coveted patches of dirt in the Napa Valley — Rutherford. Which is why, when you visit, owner John Williams...
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1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napa, Sonoma, and Yountville mean endless miles of deliciousness! Schramsberg specializes in a vast selection of the sparkling wines fit for the White House. (Seriously. It's served at the White House.) The tasting was amazing, as was the tour of...
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6126 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, USA
This Napa Valley winery is the only structure in the United States designed by the famed Austrian artist, architect, and ecologist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000). The building's playfulness will put a big smile on your face, and best of...
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1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Taking "Earth home" to a whole new level, Artesa Winery takes tasting underground but brings all the class and sass of a modern winery. To be honest, the wines were so-so, but the views were incredible (we saw the San Francisco skyline) and the...
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6500 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Grab your helmets and head up to Napa for a fun day with friends. For my birthday this year, several friends brought their bikes up to Napa where we all met at Yountville for a 16-mile loop. We hit five wineries throughout the day, and it was an...
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813 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This beautiful three-story restaurant and bar in downtown Napa was a thriving establishment from 1945 until 1974, when an unsolved murder that occurred here led the family to close the doors. The murder was finally solved and after years of...
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1321 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
From chocolate cabernet sauce on ice cream to freshly made brittles and exquisite chocolates, Anette's Chocolate and Ice Cream shop in Downtown Napa is the place to indulge in Napa when you want a little break from wine. The shop is reminiscent of...
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975 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
This is one of my favorite places to meet friends that are in California and visiting wine country. It has everything to do with the delicious BBQ, excellent collection about wine, and the casual and convivial atmosphere. Bounty Hunter is in the...
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1221 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
On a recent road trip to Napa Valley, our Miniature Schnauzer, Axel, insisted he come along. My girlfriend and I were thrilled to discover how dog friendly Napa is. Axel was thrilled too, as he was able to join us for dinner at all the better...
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Most people come to Napa for the wine, but the Napa Valley is also an amazing place for people who love nature and the outdoors. Napa Valley Adventure Tours offers hiking, biking, and kayaking trips around the Valley. And of course, in addition to...
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1650 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94559, USA
On a recent wine country weekend in Napa Valley, my friend and I stayed at the River Terrace Inn. The hotel is a great base from which to explore downtown Napa, but its restaurant, Terrace Court, is also worth visiting. The comfort-food inspired...
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4086 Byway E, Napa, CA 94558, USA
If you really want to get a feel for the beauty of Napa, take to the air. We spent a glorious hour or so floating above the valley of the vines, after being picked up from our hotel, taken to the venue and given coffee and something to snack on...
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1910 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The Beazley House is a mansion and carriage house built in 1902 and located on one of Napa's finest streets. It's within easy walking distance of Downtown Napa, making a convenient base for exploring the city's 30 Zagat-rated restaurants and wine...
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The Vintner's Collective in Downtown Napa offers a different type of wine tasting experience. Garrett, the tasting room owner, carefully chooses the best wines from more than 100 boutique Napa Valley wineries. Visitors are treated to personalized...
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1480 First St Napa, Ca 94559, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Tarla Mediterranean Grill is one of the newest restaurants in Downtown Napa, a city that is quickly becoming known for its diverse, high-quality dining. Tarla is worth adding to a Napa Valley getaway because it has an array of menu options besides...
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520 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
There are bakeries and then there is Sweetie Pies, the downtown Napa sweet shop that crafts some of the most delectable and one-of-a-kind goodies. Consider the giant homemade Oreo: two moist chocolate cookies sandwiching sweet icing. There...
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933 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
The line for burgers and fries at Gott's Roadside (formerly Taylor's Refresher and don't you forget it) in St. Helena can be ridiculous in the afternoon, but if you go in the morning, you'll have your choice of picnic tables—either in front...
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6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Oh, Bouchon! Don't let the long line out the door discourage you—these delicious pastries are well worth the wait and the outdoor café tables make for a lovely spot to dig in once you're handed your treats.
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4048 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, CA 94559, USA
When you tell your friends that you're headed here, everyone will chime in about the dish that you have to get. 'Make sure you try the smoked salmon flatbread!' 'The burger, be sure to get the burger'.' 'The donuts! You have to get the donuts!'...
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604 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Every time I'm in Napa, I make time to stop in the Liken Gallery. This lively space showcases the eclectic work of Michael Holmes, including his gorgeous floral designs. The space is meant for walking around--in every inch is a detail that must be...
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1450 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The Napa Valley loves its charming inns and luxury wine-focused resorts, but it was only a matter of time before a hip, young boutique hotel opened with a trendier style (and price tag) to attract all those San Francisco start-up types. The first...
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610 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
When the famous Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto opened a branch of his eponymous restaurant in downtown Napa it was definitely a game changer for the dining scene, bringing a bit of Vegas-style flash to wine country. To be safe, make a reservation...
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1001 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Carpe Diem is another stand out restaurant in the dining scene of Downtown Napa in Napa Valley. The sophisticated menu changes every month to reflect seasonal ingredients and the chefs' new innovations, including a great variety of appetizers,...
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1400 2nd St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Napa Valley is home to some fantastic restaurants, several of which are located in the few square blocks of downtown Napa. My favorite among these is Grace's Table. The owner and chef combines a global awareness of flavors with a commitment to...
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900 Meadowood Ln, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
In Napa, you want to be in the club. And if you’re in the club, you’re at Meadowood.
Set on 250 sprawling acres of picture-perfect wine-country land just off the Silverado Trail outside St. Helena, this country club and resort is where...
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1030 Main St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The building that now houses the Blue Note Napa has had a number of iterations over the years, most notably more than a century of life as the Napa Valley Opera House. Today the Blue Note occupies only the first floor; the club cultivates an...
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1314 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Housed inside the Westin near downtown Napa, this restaurant stands out among fine-dining experiences. The best time to taste Chef Ken Frank's classic French fare is during truffle season, when he hosts the annual Napa Valley Truffle Festival. La...
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610 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
The Oxbow Public Market features purveyors of fine foods, and the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant is one of my favorite stops inside. The long display of cheeses beckons, and the staff gladly offer samples of cheese to help you find the perfect...
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2970 Monticello Rd, Napa, CA 94558, USA
At Jarvis, it's what you don't see that's most impressive. While the approach and the views from the property are nothing to shrug about, the estate is really set apart by what's underground: the entire winery. Fermentation tanks, offices,...