I recently returned from my trip to Napa and thought I’d share a recap and some new recommendations with you guys today! I traveled with a group of girlfriends that I met when I lived in LA. We all live in different places now, so it was fun to reunite! It’s hard for me to describe how much I absolutely love being in wine country. Mike and I talk about moving out there later in life all the time – I hope we do it! As soon as we get from San Fran into the valley I get so excited driving by all the vineyards.
Here’s a recap of our trip. Get ready for picture overload!
Thursday afternoon I flew into San Fran and we all met up for a fun dinner in the city at Out The Door which I would definitely recommend. We then all stayed the night in Mill Valley with my friend Sara, and her husband Chad, before driving into Napa the next morning.
It was really weird freaky weather in San Fran and Napa and it was cold and RAINY!! Ugh. Of course, we were still so excited to drive into Napa the next morning. Our first stop was Oxbow Public Market for lunch. Oxbow is a huge market building with tons of restaurants and stalls of vendors in it that shows off the food Napa is famous for.
After lunch we headed to our appointment at Ashes and Diamonds. I realize you all might be tired of me talking about this winery but it did NOT disappoint! It was the perfect place to hole up and stay a while on a rainy day, with tons of eye candy!
Ashes and Diamonds recently opened by Kashy Khaledi, music exec and son of Darioush Khaledi (most of you may know Darioush wines). At Ashes and Diamonds, they have combined the Californian midcentury aesthetic and the style of winemaking that was popular then with a modern, multimedia approach to the winery. If you want to learn more about Ashes and Diamonds, I recommend this article from Architectural Digest.
The first night we went to dinner at Solbar at the Solage Resort in Calistoga. The food was absolutely fantastic as well as our entire experience there.
The next morning the sun was finally out and I was so excited to wake up and hear the birds chirping! Ellen and I got up and went to check out the hotel since we barely saw much of it through the rain the prior afternoon. We stayed at Indian Springs Calistoga.
Calistoga is a one of the sub-regions of Napa Valley and pretty far North. It has a really cute downtown and great wine nearby. It’s also known for its hot springs and spas.
I would definitely recommend our hotel. It had this amazing hot mineral springs pool that was heated to 100°. It was heaven!
The restaurant at our hotel was called Sam’s Social Club and is a must-visit in Calistoga for any meal or drinks.
Our first stop on Saturday was Trinchero Family Estates which I was really excited about because I heard how beautiful it was. It was a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend checking this out!
Next up we hit Orin Swift. I’m a big fan of Orin Swift wines. The tasting room was a storefront stop in downtown St. Helena, so it was pretty basic as far as the tasting experience does, but I just thought it would be fun to taste their wines.
Next up was Hall Winery. Hall is really a pretty stop and their wines are great. It’s built with limestone and reclaimed 19th century Austrian bricks, and more than 35 pieces of contemporary art are on display here. Unfortunately we missed a lot of those as it was packed and we were just focused on tasting and eating our picnic lunch at that point.
Our last stop was Chateau Montelena back in Calistoga. The chateau itself is really pretty, but I would not recommend the tasting experience here. It’s pretty dated.
That night we ate at Evangeline. It was a really cute restaurant in downtown Calistoga that we could walk to from our hotel.
And the next morning, we grabbed an easy breakfast at Calistoga Roastery before we left town. Really good breakfast sandwiches for a quick stop!
It was hard to leave these girls and leave this view…
Back to reality, and until the next one!
Cheers and Happy Friday to you all!
xx — BB