Taste the City: How to Crush It in Napa Valley

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We all know Napa Valley for the wine it has so deliciously given us over the years, but there is much more to this beautiful American oasis. Napa is also home to luxury hotels, Michelin restaurants, and (of course) refreshing wine and cocktails. Gather your girl squad for a much-needed girls trip or ring up your beau for a romantic getaway and book that trip you’ve been dreaming and planning on taking to the Wine Country.

Solage

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Whether you’re lounging by the pool, dining at Solbar, or getting pampered at the SpaSolage in Calistoga is bound to make you feel right at home. With over 80 beautifully decorated modern studios (that come each with 2 bikes, to get around the resort) Solage makes each stay and night one to remember.

Location: 755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515

Bardessono

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Located in Napa Valley’s quaint and cozy Yountville — known as the “heart” of Napa Valley — Bardessono is truly breath taking. Every one of their 62 rooms is luxurious, elegant, and comfortable. Stop by the spa, or if you can’t be bothered to leave your gorgeous suite opt for an in-room spa service. Before heading out for the night grab a drink at the hotel bar and sit back and enjoy the views.

Location: 6526 Yount St, Yountville, CA 94599

North Block Hotel

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Also located in Yountville North Block Hotel is the modern boutique hotel of your dreams. Petite, with only 20 rooms, yet chic this cozy hotel is siutated near some of Yountville’s best restaurants. After a long day of wine tasting and vineyard hopping head into the spa for a much needed full-body massage, followed by a nice lay-out by the pool. We hope that adorable dog is included.

Location: 6757 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Calistoga Ranch

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Just look at this place. Calistoga Ranch is the perfect place for you if you’re a fan of nature, but also a fan of luxury. Scattered across 157 acres of luscious oak-lined land, this hotel is truly breathtaking. The spa is unlike any other, the amenities state-of-the-art, and the staff friendly and attentive. Activities at the Ranch include Cook Classes, Nature Retreats, Wellness Classes, and much more. If you’re in need of some serious TLC book your suite at Calistoga Ranch stat.

Location: 580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515

 

Redd Wood

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Located in the above mentioned North Block Hotel, Redd Wood is a must if you find yourself in Napa. The appetizers range from burrata to finger-licking good chicken wings. The wood-fire oven pizzas are a must order, especially whatever the special pizza is for the evening. Pair your delicious bites with any wine they suggest. Our favorite item on the menu? The Bucatini. No question.

Location: 6755 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

 

Cook

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Tucked on Main Street in Napa’s St. Helena Cook is a staple for locals and visitors from far and wide. The items on the menu range from light and healthy to hearty and delicious. The pastas melt in your mouth, the seasonal veggies warm your soul, and the wine washes it all down. With an ever changing menu you will never go wrong with your choice. Whether it’s winter or summer Cook is a great spot to hit with family, friends, or a significant other.

Location: 1310 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

Bistro Jeanty

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Bistro Jeanty is one of Napa’s more classic spots. With a true Parisian vibe and essence it is the perfect spot for a chilly day in Napa Valley. Take a walk on the wild side and get an order of the Os a Moëlle (Roasted Bone Marrow), or stick to the French classics and order the Coq au Vin, or the Steak Frites. Whatever you do order the Crême de Tomate en Croute (Tomato soup in puff pastry), it’s pretty much the best soup we’ve ever had.

Location: 6510 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Model Bakery

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Trust us on this one. We know it’s not a super fancy, Michelin Star restaurant, but after you take a bite out of Model Bakery’s famous english muffins you’ll understand why it’s on this list. Open for almost 90 years Model Bakery has made a name for itself across America. The english muffins are so fluffy, perfect, and delicious they landed a precious spot on Oprah’s Favorite Things List. So head into St. Helena and wait in line for any of their scrumptious baked goods.

Location: 1357 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

Goose and Gander

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If you’re tired of the classic Napa wine tasting tours find your way to St. Helena’s Goose and Gander. Locals and visitors come to this Napa Valley watering hole to enjoy delicious specialty cocktails and small bar bites. We’ve been dreaming of ordering up a plate of the Chicken Wings and a refreshing Coastal Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s No.1, St. George Terroir Gin, Lemon, Bitters, Ginger Beer, Bay Laurel).

Location: 1245 Spring St, St Helena, CA 94574

Farmstead

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Grab a big group and head to Farmstead for some drinks and bites on the beautiful back patio. Whether you’re diving into a Pulled Pork Slider, dipping into the Nachos, or digging into the Mac and Cheese you’ll be sure to need a refreshing cocktail to pair with your choice of food. Order up one of the many beers on tap or stick with a classic. We love the Paloma Picante (Casamigos tequila, grapefruit juice, lemon, bundaberg grapefruit soda, serrano bitters) and the Agua Fresca (Cucumber and lemon verbena infused vodka, strawberry, lemon juice, simple syrup, tonic water).

Location: 738 Main St, St Helena, CA 94574

Hall Winery

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So you’re in Napa Valley, meaning you just have to go on multiple wine tours. And you should add Hall Winery to your winery roster. While walking around the 33-acre property you’re met with delicious wine, kind staff, and beautiful views of the mountains and the vines. Hall Wines has found itself on numerous Top 100 Wine’s list, even securing the #2 spot for their smooth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Making this winery a must-go.

Location: 401 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574

Schramsberg Vineyards

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Trade in wine for some bubbly and make your way to Calistoga’s Schramsberg Vineyards. What to expect? Your jaw will be on the floor the whole entire tour. As you sip on some of Napa’s finest sparkling wine, you will walk through 125 year old caves that hold a rich history of Schramsberg and what it takes to make their delicious sparkling wine. Make sure to book your tour in advance because this Vineyard is hot!

Location: 1400 Schramsberg Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515

 

Written by Sydney Lehmann

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