Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
My northern neighbor, this region is a mecca for foodies (okay wine peeps too!) all year round.
1400 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
All Seasons Bistro is easy to walk by without noticing, but those who eat there are treated to an excellent dining experience in Napa Valley, one of the very best areas to eat in the United States. This restaurant has been here for 30 years, on a...
8555 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, CA 95452, USA
Sonoma and Napa counties have hundreds of wineries that have tasting rooms set among the golden hills of the area. It's rare to find a winery where you can enjoy this scenery as much as the wine served in the tasting room. At Chateau St. Jean,...
2555 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
No, not that CIA. This lunch feels a lot more pleasant and delicious, I'm sure. Make a reservation at the Greystone Restaurant and taste local, seasonal menus while looking out over Napa Valley vineyards.
1245 Spring St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
In St. Helena, what was once Martini House is now a fun new restaurant called Goose & Gander. Go on a warm Friday night, ask for a table outside under the big oak tree, and order this Coastal Pimm's Cup cocktail, made with St. George Terroir...
18501 Philo Greenwood Rd, Philo, CA 95466, USA
by Annie Gowan Stone At the Apple Farm, sleep in wooden cottages surrounded by one of the valley’s last major orchards. Sally and Don Schmitt, founders of the French Laundry, the legendary restaurant in Yountville, California, run the farm with...
Petaluma, CA, USA
At Armstrong Redwoods old growth redwood trees tower over a floor of miniature clovers. I was lucky enough to find not one but two four leaf clovers in one afternoon! You can drive through the grove but take the walking path instead and you may...
4045 St Helena Hwy, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Castello di Amorosa is an architectural wonderland right in the middle of Napa Valley. Based on fourth generation winemaker Dario Sattui’s passion for medieval history, this replica of a 13th-century stone castle took approximately 15...
1327 Railroad Ave, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is one of three restaurants that Top Chef Master Cindy Pawlyn has in the Napa Valley region of Northern California. It is a casual dining experience that makes you feel like Chef Pawlyn has invited you into her home. The...
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...
7800 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
Last year Copain Winery in Sonoma started hosting guest chef dinners at its tasting room as part of a Supper Club Series. Copain's winemaker, Wells Guthrie, reaches out to some of his favorite chefs and sommeliers, like Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan...
1236 Lincoln St, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Tasting wine is a favorite pastime that's enjoyable pretty much anywhere, but especially so when there's a funky old Airstream involved. The Grade Cellars specializes in harvesting Sauvignon Blanc. During your visit, sip wines paired with views...
6711 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley is a well-curated art gallery and wine tasting room set amidst an eclectic sculpture garden. At this Napa Valley tasting room, originally built in 1904 as a private residence, you can pull up a chair and sit down for a...
738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574, USA
Right off of Highway 29 is the Long Meadow Ranch and their Farmstead Restaurant. Every so often they host three-course lunches right under a tree canopy. Before lunch, the staff gives a garden tour of the fresh ingredients; one garden is even...
171 Pleasant Hill Ave N, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Chicken or tofu, spicy or mild, curry can warm you up, wake you up, and fuel you for your next adventure. Grab a curry wrap and a handful of napkins at Westside Cafe. Then enjoy your meal with a rustic country view of oak trees and open fields at...
1458 Lincoln Ave #1, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
If you're ever in the Napa Valley and looking for a great lunch but you don't want to have to wear a collared shirt or make a reservation then head to Palisades Deli. Up the road and down to earth, located in Calistoga within an old train depot....
3340 CA-128, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Bennett Lane is the last winery in Napa Valley (meaning that it's the furthest north). The Calistoga tasting rooming is worth a stop, though, for a couple of reasons. One, the tasting room manager will share her love of the area, gush about the...
6534 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
OK, so I sneak a picture before starting - wouldn't you or aren't you glad I did? This was great duck, not so much on the confit prep, more on the long cooked duck..... ! That mustard sauce was plate licking good (a-hem).
8761 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA
My friends and I have made it an annual habit to taste our way through the wine regions of Dry Creek and Alexander Valley during "Winter WineLand". The Wine Road has three annual weekend events that connect wineries around Sonoma County for one...
2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, USA
The hike through Jack London State Historic Park to the top of Sonoma Mountain runs through redwood groves, meadows, and vineyards. Vigorous blackberry bushes provide some sustenance -- but bring water, because it gets hot up there in the summer....
1170 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Some of the best Napa Valley winetasting experiences are to be had in the tasting rooms of the smaller wineries along the Silverado Trail. Envy Wines, just north of Calistoga (the northernmost part of Napa Valley), is a great pick if you want...
19225 CA-1, Marshall, CA 94940, USA
North of the little town of Point Reyes Station, the Marshall Store sits on the banks of Tomales Bay. I've been coming here for years after hiking or horseback riding or walking on the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. The place is super...
3000 Summit Trail, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, USA
The best time to visit the northern California wine country? Late fall, just before the first overnight frost. Not only are the summer and harvest crowds nowhere to be seen, but the vineyards are bursting with gold and red. A walk through the...
3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Cruising along the winding roads that meander though the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, there are myriad wineries that will entice any thirsty traveler. One particular standout is Lynmar Estate, which produces excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay...
Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Korbel Champagne Cellars produces sparkling, still wines, and aged brandy. Stop in to enjoy four complimentary tastes from their wide selection of wines ranging from dry to sweet. They have daily tours of the winery and gardens located on-site,...
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, CA 95441, USA
After my friends and I visited the Coppola Winery and Pool for a day trip from San Francisco, we remarked how it had felt like such a vacation - even for a day trip. For six hours, alternating between the padded chaise lounges and the large pool,...
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...
6480 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Fresh, sophisticated, modern — there is nothing country about what Chef Richard Reddington coins "contemporary wine country cuisine." His creative and original approach — combining flavors and traditions from around the world — has earned him a...
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