Published: December, 2017
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Napa, California

Spas, spas, spas - Meadowood recently won the “Best New Spa & Wellness Property
— Courtney Gerlich
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Adult
  • Activity level: easy
  • Ideal length of trip: AS LONG AS YOU CAN GO.... BUT A MINIMUM OF 2 DAYS

to & from

For those flying in from out of town, my first airport of choice is Sacramento – newish airport, affordable flights and usually zero traffic (and hour to Carneros).  Second choice is Oakland.  In last place SFO – I feel like there are always delays or issues flying in and out of there.

Where to Stay

  • Carneros Resort & Spa: Super convenient since it's south in the valley, great restaurants on property along with a great pool that's open 24 hrs, adorable cottages with hotel bikes to use.  Also an adult pool with no kids allowed (family pool on property too)
  • Hotel Yountville: Remodeled in the last 5 years, lots in walking distance in Yountville, central in the valley.
  • Bardessono: LEED certified and very environmentally conscious, heated Japanese toilets in the lobby:), great location in Yountville.
  • Meadowood: Very private, spacious (feels like adult summer camp:)), 3 star Michelin restaurant.

Where to Eat and Drink

  • Oxbow Market: I love the tacos at C Casa and the chocolate malt ice cream at Three Twins Ice Cream (think smaller Ferry Building)
  • Morimoto: I always order the spicy king crab, tempura calamari salad and the rock shrimp tempura
  • Boon Fly Cafe: Do yourself a favor and order the donuts no matter what!
  • Fremont Diner: Comfort food at it's finest.
  • Press: My favorite restaurant in Napa (St. Helena).  Don't miss the truffle mac & cheese or the chocolate soufflé for dessert.
  • Cook: Cute spot for a tasty burger and/or fresh homemade pastas.
  • Market: All American restaurant that's great for lunch or dinner, right on Main St. in St. Helena.
  • Bistro Jeanty: Adorable little French bistro.
  • Redd Wood: Delicious wood fired pizzas and fresh seasonal salads.
  • Bottega: Always packed and a great scene.  Have drinks on the patio before or after your meal.  Reservations a must!

What to Do

inside scoop

  • Only go to wineries that require reservations...avoid the touristy madness (see winery suggestions above).
  • Have lunch at Auberge du Soleil for the best view and a fraction of the price of staying there (the bar/bistro is for walk-ins only).
  • Locals should check in with resorts to see what local discounts they offer (sometimes certain days are discounted to locals during certain times of the year).
  • If you are looking for a special, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, Patina in St Helena has fabulous estate jewelry.

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