On our Honeymoon, we stopped in Napa Valley for two days filled with wine tasting and eating some great food. If anyone knows anything about me, they know that wineries and wine tasting (and well wine for that matter..) are one of my favorite things!
I did months and months of research to narrow down all the amazing restaurants and wineries that Napa has to offer. Here is our perfect two days in Napa!
Where we stayed!
We stayed at the Napa Valley Lodge! We loved it!! It was very quaint and we loved the lodge feel. The lobby is small, with just a reception desk and a little sitting area. When you check in they give you glasses of champagne to welcome you. We stayed in the Merlot Suite and it was a big room with a patio overlooking the pool area. The bathroom had a jacuzzi and a big shower. Breakfast was included, and you had the option to eat in their dining room or have a champagne breakfast delivered to your room (delivery to your room is only included if you are staying in a suite). We did both, but really enjoyed having our breakfast delivered and eating on our patio. We didn’t stay on a weekend, so we didn’t get to experience the wine tasting they have on the weekends during happy hour time. We also missed the outside drinks and food they have, as that is only available in the Summer time. But even without those, we still loved the hotel and highly recommend it. We didn’t spend much time at the hotel, it was just a place for us to sleep and have breakfast. We did go to the jacuzzi and fire pits one night that was very nice. Some people complain that it is right off of a highway, to us that didn’t matter because we never heard cars pass in our room. Our pictures definitely do not do this hotel justice!
We arrived at San Fransico’s airport in the afternoon and drove to Napa. Instead of a normal rental company we used a company called Turo (they were called Relay Rides when we used them). It’s a pretty cool idea where we rented a car from a normal person (a nice guy from Oakland, CA), via their website. He met us at the airport, we did an inspection of the car with him, and he left on his way. We returned the car right to him in Oakland on our last day in San Fran. All the payments, insurance, communication, etc. was handled right through Turo’s website. We got a great car at a fraction of the price!
When we got to Napa, we checked in and went to dinner at Ad hoc for a wonderful 3 course meal. We opted to add in the chicken wings and we were not disappointed! They were SO good! If they have that add in when you go, definitely get it! We were so exhausted from our travels and the wedding that we ate and went straight to bed!
Day one: Hot Air Balloon and Wine Tasting!
The next morning we woke up super early to get to the Napa Valley Marriott hotel to meet Balloons Above the Valley for our hot air balloon ride around Napa. We were a little disappointed because of the weather we had to push back the time and change the location of our departure for safety reasons. We ended up missing the sunrise, BUT it was still an AMAZING experience. There were beautiful views and a great experience to share with your significant other. We opted out of the champagne breakfast because there was an extra charge for that and we just went back to our hotel and had our own champagne included breakfast.
After breakfast I had a little surprise for Stephen I had him drive to our last winery stop (having him think it was our first stop) and had a car waiting for us to take us around. I wanted him to be able to drink and and enjoy himself especially at our first winery stop!
Our first stop was at Conn Creek Winery. We did a wine blending! Us and another couple went through a seminar and had the opportunity to try 80 barrels of wine…. yes 80, hence the driver. It was very informative and our guide was so helpful and knowledgable. She helped us narrow down our tastes and preferences to make our perfect wine bottle. We brought with us wine labels and made our own honeymoon wine! This is great for any couple who loves red wine and you can combine your favorite types of wine into your own perfect bottle of wine!! If you have the budget for this we HIGHLY suggest it!
Our next stop was Gotts roadside for lunch. It is literally a roadside eatery where you can have some TASTY burgers and fries to refuel. The food was delicious, budget friendly, and well when you have been drinking for 3 hours, some amazing comfort food. Overall win win.
Our next stop was Frogs Leap.. we just did a tasting there. The wine was good and the ambiance was nice, not one of our favorites, but definitely a nice stop.
Our last stop was Robert Mondavi. We really enjoyed this winery. We sat outside and had our generous tasting. We got there a little later than anticipated (1.5 hours before they closed) so there wasn’t too many people there, but we met this wonderful couple that we talked to all afternoon while enjoying our wine. We loved this winery and the wine was really good!!
We had dinner at Bottega. We walked from our hotel (about a mile) and got to see a little bit of the town area which was nice to see. This was my favorite meal in Napa, I was so into my dinner I barely got a picture in. The food was delicious and I enjoyed that we got to sit outside and enjoyed the weather.
I was half way through before I remembered to take a picture…
Day Two: 2 more wineries!
The next day we started our wine tour at Castello Di Amorosa. This is the only winery we did a tour of because it was made to be an old European castle. The winery is very big and with beautiful grounds and impeccable detail in the castle. The wine tasting was done in the “dungeon” part of the castle and the wine was awesome. We enjoyed it so much we took home 3 bottles with us. They had sweet wines and delicious cabs and merlots. Tastes for everyone!
We had lunch at Cindy’s backstreet Kitchen and had lunch in a small garden outside, there was probably 8 tables total outside. The food was simple and good.
Our last winery of the trip was Domaine Chandon, where we had champagne! The winery was one of the biggest we visited! We sampled different champagnes and walked about outside. There was lots of places to sit outside, they had food you could purchase to have a picnic on their beautiful grounds
Our last meal in Napa was Auberge Du Soleil. We sat outside on top of a mountain (I think it was a mountain, we were very high up ) with beautiful views for a wonderful sunset place. The food was very good and we enjoyed the weather and beauty from up high!
It was a perfect two days, we were able to visit 5 wineries and eat at some great restaurants! Have you visited Napa? What are your favorite restaurants and wineries? Let us know below!!
Amanda & Steve