My wife and I are making our first trip to Napa Valley at the end of February and wanted to get some feedback/suggestions from people who are more familiar with the area.
A bit about us -- we're early 30s and mostly just looking for a laid-back, relaxing trip. This is our first trip away from baby, so we're not wanting to rush all over the place every day. Food-wise, we're both pretty open about different tastes, though my wife likes to have some choice (she's not a huge fan of set tasting menus). Willing to spend a bit more on dinner, though not at TFL/Meadowood levels. We love wine but don't know very much about it, so we'd probably be more comfortable visiting more laid-back wineries so we don't feel like kids pretending to be grown-ups.
Also open to other things to do in the area to fill the gaps between food and wine, if there's a standout option.
Here's what we're thinking at the moment:
- Our flight gets in mid-afternoon, so we figured we'd get in and head to Zuzu for tapas since it's nearby.
- Grace's Table for breakfast
- Oxbow Market for shopping and a lighter lunch at some point (any more specific recommendations)
- Dinner at Oenotri
- Bouchon Bakery in Yountville for breakfast
- Wineries: Mumm tasting and tour in the morning, then Frog's Leap in the afternoon. Very open to other suggestions on nearby wineries, lighter lunches or general Yountville-area activities. We're aiming for a slower pace and would rather take our time than cram in lots of tastings/visits.
- Dinner at Bistro Jeanty? Was originally thinking Redd but I heard it's slipped lately. Open to other suggestions in this spot.
- Breakfast at Model Bakery in Napa
- We were going to do some hiking this day, probably drive over to Armstrong Redwood Forest, stopping at Russian River Brewing on the way for lunch.
- Open slot for a final dinner, either on the way back or in Napa.
Thanks for any suggestions!