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Visiting CIA Greystone, need help

zeph74 | Mar 6, 200812:38 AM

I'm a chef in Maine and plan on attending a 5 day course at CIA Greystone at the end of this month.

Its a bit sudden, I know. Since the courses end in the afternoon, I should have some evening time to enjoy the area.

I would really like to visit the French Laundry, but the tasting menu is a bit pricey. I may just end up going for the heck of it, just to visit and the possibility of getting a book signed by Thomas Keller.

Is there anything else, even non-food related that I should not miss out on while I am in the Napa area?

Also if I'm not asking too much...is there a cheaper place to stay in the St. Helena area other than on campus or El Bonita, both were roughly $600-700 for 5-6 days. My courses start at 7AM, so I wouldn't want anything extremely far...I'm definitely not a morning person.

Thanks in advance

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