For my 30th birthday, Patrick surprised me with 72 hours in Napa––it was magical. Wine country has been on our list for years and I was so excited when he told me the news. He planned every detail, so I really can’t take too much credit for this itinerary, but let me just say, it was a good one.
We hopped on an early flight from Dallas and landed in San Fransisco Friday morning. We drove into Napa and arrived around 9:30am, so we had the entire day to explore! Keep scrolling for our itinerary:
WHERE TO STAY
I am no expert on wine country and I am sure there are so many amazing resorts and B&B’s, but Carneros was incredible. From the cottages to the outdoor shower to the pool overlooking the vineyard, this property was an instant favorite.
For day 1, we didn’t plan a complete itinerary because we had a feeling we might want to just relax by the pool after our early flight. We had breakfast at the famous, Boon Fly Cafe and then headed to the pool with a little champagne and R&R. Honestly, I would have been perfectly content sitting my the pool all day––the weather could not have been better. At 3pm, we headed to Domaine Carneros for a little champagne tasting. If I am being honest, I would probably skip this stop next time. Patrick and I both thought it was a little touristy. We originally planned a wine tasting at Scribe, but due to a private event it was cancelled. There is always next time!
After our champagne flight, we headed back to the resort and had a few snacks outside at FARM––get the Poke, you won’t regret it!
They have a bunch of games in the grass like cornhole and a bocce ball court. After a few glasses of champagne, let’s just say we had a ball!
We ended up taking a little cat nap before dinner and then walked around the property before we headed to dinner. The restaurant was about thirty minutes from the resort, so we watched the sun set over the vineyards––it was breathtaking. Patrick made the most incredible reservation at The Restaurant at Meadowood. If you have the opportunity to go, you will not be disappointed!
HOT AIR BALLOON
Our alarms went off bright and early on Saturday morning. After a late dinner, this may not have been the best move, yet totally worth it! Our car picked us up for our hot air balloon ride at 5:30am. I was so excited to check this one off my bucket list. Due to the fires North of Napa, the visibility wasn’t the best, but it was honestly an amazing experience.
We had a full day planned for day two, so thankfully we got back around 9:00am and had a minute to take a quick cat nap before hopping in our car to head to our first winery. Our server the night before recommended we cut our itinerary in half, and he was so right! Two or three wine tastings is the sweet spot. You have enough time to enjoy, but still get to see and try a few different places.
ROUND POND ESTATE
Round Pond Estate was our first stop and driving up the palm tree lined road was a site to see! It is a smaller, family owned winery and the The tastings are done on the roof top deck overlooking the vineyard and the view is breathtaking. We enjoyed the view and wine so much, we even joined the club. ;)
Talk about Instagram worthy…Larkmead might be the most photogenic winery! The white and blue decor had me snap happy, but not only is the tasting room beautiful, the wine is exquisite. My favorite was the Dr. Olmo, made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. After the tasting, our wonderful wine educator took us on a private tour of the vineyard. We even got to taste a few of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes off the vine. ;)
THE OTHER TWO
While we didn’t make it to the other two vineyards, I thought I would add these in case you have a longer trip planned. Frog’s Leap and Farella were both recommended to us and we definitely be adding these to our list next time we go!
After a lot of wine at both vineyards, we were starving and needed something delicious. Gott’s is a famous burger joint located in St. Helena and definitely worth the stop. It was about 4pm by the time we had lunch, so next time I think we will do lunch in between the first two stops and then do an additional winery at the end. This was much needed and soooo good.
After our late lunch, we decided to head back to the resort and relax by the pool for the rest of the afternoon. We ended up staying and watching the sunset over the vineyards.
Since we knew we had booked a long day, we made a reservation at FARM which is located on property.
After another late night, we slept in a little and then went on a bike ride to grab coffee. The resort has the cutest orange bikes you can borrow, which was so much fun! Next time, I want to take the bikes into town and grab breakfast.
In the early afternoon, Patrick surprised me with a couples massage to end our amazing trip! The spa has these wonderful private outdoor showers. We are currently figuring out a way to put one in our house––there is seriously nothing better!
Before jumping on our flight, we grabbed sandwiches at The Market. This little grab and go is perfect for picnics or a quick bite.
WHAT I WORE
We know we have so much more to see, but our 72 hours in Napa was so magical. We will be back!
xox- a dash of details