Greetings Chowhoundians. I know, just what we need... another "please look at my plans" thread. I'm bringing my lady friend to Napa at the end of the month and want her to leave with fond memories of her first trip. Just to preface, we're both seasoned foodies with a basic understanding of wine (but little or no understanding of wineries). I've been to Napa twice, but both trips were impromptu invitations to the Meadowood (years ago) and TFL respectively. We're also on a bit of a budget.
Saturday: Arrive in the valley early/mid afternoon. Head straight to Downtown and spend some time at Oxbow. Then down to Gaia to check in. After freshening up, dinner somewhere a bit more laid back and casual with a drink or two (this is the biggest ? at the moment).
Sunday: Reservations at Ad Hoc for brunch. Winery tours/tastings in the afternoon at 2-3 places (Cakebread, Honig, and/or Elizabeth Spencer). Emphasis is on value, wine, interest, and education (probably in that order too). Dinner at Ubuntu (particularly excited because my lady is fascinated by "what Californians can do with amazing local produce").
Monday: Check out. Bouchon Bakery for some goodies for the ride home. Brunch/Lunch at either Brix, Boon Fly, or Fremont Diner. Head home.
Also, before the Sonoma and beyond suggestions start flying, we'd like to stay south of St. Helena and north of Am. Canyon. Anyway, if you guys have any suggestions to improve or help make this trip more memorable for us, I'll be eternally grateful! <3
Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599
Boon Fly Cafe
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA