On a recent trip to the San Francisco Bay Area, I had the opportunity to spend 24 hours in Napa Valley. Obviously, I jumped on that opportunity, and now I’m here to tell you all about it!
Visiting with friends and their three-month old baby (who by the way is the cutest thing on earth), we started our day in downtown Napa at the Oxbow Public Market. The 40,000 square foot marketplace features a diverse selection of local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. Collecting an array of tacos, sushi, coffee and ice cream, we ventured to the scenic outdoor deck and scarfed down our lunch with fervor.
Fully satiated, we made our way to the extremely picturesque and insanely luxurious Silverado Resort & Spa. Whether you are looking for a relaxing spa experience or an incredible round of golf on one of two PGA championship golf courses, Silverado is the place for you.
The resort boasts 13 lighted tennis courts, multiple swimming pools, and biking and hiking trails on-site. Most importantly, the Silverado Resort & Spa is perfectly situated in the midst of more than 400 wineries.
Upon opening the door to our one-bedroom condo, jaws were dropped at the sheer size and modern design of the living space, complete with a full kitchen, dining area, wood burning fireplace and two private outdoor patios. Needless top say, we were ready to move in! Before heading out to dinner we sipped champagne and an array of cheese and crackers, courtesy of the resort.
We went for an unconventional dinner at Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin’ BBQ. I’m not used to pairing wine with BBQ, but boy am I glad that I did! Located in the heart of Downtown Napa this laid back joint has an astounding collection of over 400 wines from around the world. We washed down our pulled pork, smoked brisket and BBQ ribs with delectable wine and bourbon and eventually rolled ourselves out of the restaurant and back to the hotel.
Not wanting to waste a moment of our 24 hours, we returned to our beautifully landscaped patio where we sipped more wine while the guys puffed on cigars . We finally retired to the bedroom, full as could be, just in time to get enough beauty sleep to prep for a full day of wine tasting.
While the first 12 hours were spent exploring downtown Napa and enjoying amenities at the resort, the next 12 hours would be devoted to touring the beautiful countryside and tasting wine along the way. After a scrumptious breakfast at the Napa General Store, we hit the road. Taking the advice of the hotel concierge, and avoided driving the main road, Route 29, and instead, took the more scenic Silverado Trail, stopping to take pictures along the way.
Our first stop was the Robert Mondavi Winery perfectly situated on 31 exquisite acres. This vineyard is renowned for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines in the world, as well as for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from which Mr. Mondavi crafted his signature wine, Fumé Blanc. Tasting an array of wines from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon under the happily blazing sun, we enjoyed the pleasant views and a relaxing atmosphere at this popular winery.
We continued our day at Mumm Napa for a tasting of some bubbly! Munching on crackers, almonds and dried apricots, we tasted Brut Rosés and Cuvée M while enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding Rutherford Vineyards.
Slightly buzzed and extremely hungry, we decided it was time to end our Napa tour on a high note. Do you have more time? A few more ideas for your trip to Napa below:
• Take a Ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train
• Take a Segway or Bike Tour
• Visit Castello di Amorosa
• Explore Main Street in St. Helena
• Visit the art collection at di Rosa + Nature Reserve
What are your favorite activities in Northern California? As always, I love hearing from you!
Thank you to the Silverado Resort & Spa for making this trip possible. As always, all opinions are my own.