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#Napa Valley, #California is a #wine lovers dream destination. Rolling hills, green vines, and golden sunsets equal pure #relaxation. I came with a friend, and we had the best time exploring the vineyards and laughing over bottle after bottle of wine.
I love traveling with my family, but sometimes you just need a girl’s weekend. Lucky for me, my dear friend Wendy Sipple, Editor of Real Weddings Magazine, invited me along on a press trip to St. Helena, the heart of Napa Valley.
I love this little town! The Main Street of the town is filled with eclectic shops and places to dine. We stayed at the contemporary Wydown Hotel located within walking distance to all the fun.
As soon as you walk in, the lobby gives a feeling of comfort and the staff makes you feel right at home.
And speaking of being right at home, this luxury boutique has only 12 rooms, which gives you the unique feeling of staying in a guest bedroom at someone’s home vs. being in a hotel room.
Our first stop was at Beringer Vineyards located a couple miles down the road. You can’t miss this gorgeous Victorian home prominently situated on top of a hill. The grounds are immaculate and inviting as you stroll amongst the beautifully bloomed trees. The prestigious home is open for viewing as it displays keepsakes from earlier times and then, of course, there is the wine tasting room where we enjoyed some Beringer’s finest reserve wines.
Taste of Beringer Tour
The grounds are immaculate and inviting as you stroll amongst the beautifully bloomed trees
After a few tastings of some amazing wines, we headed off to the Napa Valley Health Spa for much needed pampering. I opted for a facial while Wendy indulged in a massage. Changing into our fluffy plush robes, we found a couple of lounge chairs by the pool to soak up a few rays before being whisked away to our treatments. Following an hour of pure bliss, we relaxed a little more before changing and prepping for dinner.
Relaxing Spa Experience
Golden Gate Bridge Guided Tour
I only have one word to describe dinner: FREAKINGAMAZING! Okay, so it’s two, but it was that good. We were excited to hear that Press was the place to dine from everyone we spoke to, and boy were they right! I’m not kidding when I tell you they laid out the red carpet for us because that is exactly what they did. Spencer Weiss, the General Manager, was a delight as he had a special menu prepared just for us to highlight some of the restaurant’s top dishes. These tantalizing dishes were remarkably paired with some of the best wines I ever tasted. Here’s pictures of some of the incredible dishes.
The next day, Wendy arranged for us to take a wine tasting class at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. You haven’t experienced life until you’ve done wine tasting at 10a.m. It’s quite the experience! I highly recommend taking a class at the Culinary Institute as well as having lunch in the café and dinner at the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. The food is magnificently prepared by the students and the chocolate is to die for. Be sure to arrange for a tour around this amazing fortress and learn its fascinating history from the late 1800’s.
Relaxing Spa Experience
You haven’t experienced life until you’ve done wine tasting at 10 a.m. It’s quite the experience!
Well you gotta end your stay with doing nothing more than… you guessed it! More wine tasting. The last two wineries we visited on two separate days were Markham Vineyards and Charles Krug, conveniently located next door to one another and across the street from the Culinary Institute. These are my favorite wineries. My husband and I visited these wineries years ago and both still remain to be the best (my opinion of course). We had so much fun as you can tell from our enthusiastic servers.
My husband and I visited these wineries years ago and both still remain to be the best
Here’s a tip for you wine lovers: if you find a winery you love and would like to have wine shipped to your home regularly, then look into their wine club. They offer special deals and discounts.
There are approximately 400 wineries in Napa Valley and couple hundred more if you include Sonoma Valley. Our weekend getaway is just a sample of the fun you can get into in Napa.