Napa Travel Recap, Summer 2018

Happy Monday all! I wanted to share what we loved on a recent weekend getaway to Napa. We went there for a brief (but wonderful) 3 day weekend for my husband’s birthday in July and I have to say, this was our best visit out there yet. See last year’s recap from May here.

So if you are planning a trip out to wine country or want a new idea of a great and relaxing place to really get away to – this post is for you!

What to see and do? Napa has no shortage of beauty and acres of rolling hills and mountains and grape vines as far as the eye can see. There are also plenty of gorgeous wineries featuring amazing wines and views so you really can’t go wrong… However, this time around we kept our focus on seeing just a few wineries and really savoring and getting the full experience each one has to offer. With that said, a few I highly recommend are:

Darioush Winery: We visited last time and really just fell in love with Darioush’s story (fellow immigrant) and his out-of-this-world winery. The wines there were some of our very favorite and so worth the splurge and the service and people there are incredible and knowledgable. Always a must see on our list.

Round Pond Estate: A less well known vineyard (and what a pity) we were told to visit here by my in-laws who are far more knowledgable when it comes to wines and fantastic travel spots. We did the Pronzo lunch on their second story rooftop terrace and it was the highlight of the trip. In addition to their 100s of acres of vines they also grow and produce olive oil and have a 2 acre organic garden full of fruits, veggies and herbs. The chef prepares a 5 course lunch with many items sourced from their garden paired with wines and a love olive oil tasting. It was hands down an experience for the books. Everything was phenomenal and we absolutely fell in love with their olive oils and took some home with us. If you are coming out here: this needs to be top of your list for a visit

Joseph Phelps: Another stellar experience and one of the most sweeping views of Napa Valley. Located up on a hill you have 360 views of vineyards as far as the eye can see below and with a name like Joseph Phelps you know the wine will be incredible. The sommelier was so knowledgable in both the history or Napa and California wine making and the wines.

What to eat? After all that wine sipping you’ll probably be hungry and luckily Napa has no shortage of delicious eats. With so many well known restaurants we were spoiled with all the fresh farm-to-table style food we could handle. Like I said, the Pronzo lunch at Round Pond Estate was easily the best meal we had but we also loved our quick lunch at Gott’s Roadside in downtown Napa. You have to get here a little before your stomach really growls as the line is always out the door so it is a bit of a wait. But it’s easily one of the best food spots in town. We also had incredible meals at Celadon (great for dinner) and Bistro Jeanty which we always try and visit for a french countryside style meal. If you’re craving a small bite of delicious pastry and willing to stand in a line for it then of course pay a visit to Thomas Keller’s famous Bouchon in Yountville that is synonymous with scrumptious croissants and macarons. Take it back to your room or grab a seat outside to people watch. You really can’t go wrong.

Napa always has and probably will be one of our favorite spots to just get away and relax. Something about being surrounded by grapes and vines and sipping incredible wines all day with your sweetheart is just so good for the soul. I’m sure we will be heading back there again sometime soon.

xo, jules

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