One Perfect Day Napa California


One Perfect Day

Stay: Embassy Suites Napa

Use your Hilton points and stay for 50000 points each night or 5 nights for 200,000 points.

Breakfast:

Free cooked to order breakfast included with room OR take a drive to nearby Yountville and stand in line with the locals at Bouchon Bakery – open every single day including all holidays from 7am to 7pm.

Recommendation: almond croissant.

http://www.thomaskeller.com/yountville-california/bouchon-bakery

See:

Good Winery Tours

Sterling Winery- $29 includes the aerial tram, self-guided tour of the lower portion of the winery, and tastings of their current release wines. Beautiful views with plenty of places to linger. You can also order Cheese and Charcuterie Platters at the South View Terrace. http://www.sterlingvineyards.com/

Silver Oak -$35 for the Silver Tour and Taste where you will be able to taste the current Alexander Valley and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. Also includes a guided tour of the winery where you will learn about the history of Silver Oak, get to see the production area and end up in the famous Glass House for a library tasting. At the end of the tour they give you very nice wine glasses to take home. http://www.silveroak.com/visit-us/napa/

Castello di Amorosa $40 for the tour and wine tasting. All tours feature a barrel tasting and include a complimentary tasting of current releases. The winery is uniquely built to resemble a 13th century Tuscan castle. Open every day. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/Visit-Us

Tips:

Plan on two tours each day at the most. Sterling Winery and Castello di Amorosa get very busy in the afternoon – better to do those in the morning. Download a good app and plot your trips. I use Fodor’s Napa to map out where to go.

Lunch:

Gott’s Roadside in ST Helena and Napa http://gotts.com/

Good for eating outside, burgers, fish tacos and yummy shakes.

Heaters at every table for outside winter dining.

Dinner

Bistro Don Giovanni 4110 Howard Lane off Highway 29 open everyday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm.

They really pack you in but the food is what you are there for. Recommend: Beet and Haricot Vert salad, Apple salad, MANDILLI al VERO PESTO GENOVESE silk handkerchief pasta with basil pesto, RIGATONI con POLPETTE mamma concetta’s meatballs tomato ragu, parmigiano reggiano. http://bistrodongiovanni.com/

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