When one thinks of Napa Valley most of us probably immediately think of wine and although that thought is not far off, it’s not all this stunning Northern California region has to offer. I just spent this past weekend in Napa with two of my closest friends, and although I’ve been living in Los Angeles for over 20 years now this was my first time in the Napa region since childhood.
I flew into the Oakland Airport from Burbank which is only a 50 minute flight, and then it’s less than an hour to drive to Napa Valley. We made our home base at The Vista Collina Resort which is about ten minutes south of the town of Napa. It’s a sprawling compound with a sister resort, The Meritage, right across the street. It has all the amenities of a luxury resort with pool, jacuzzi, spa and of course wine tasting rooms with their own signature wines grown on the property.
On our second day, we were treated to one of Vista Collina’s epic picnic baskets filled with delicious sandwiches, charcuterie, fresh baked cookies and a chilled bottle of their private label Rosé, Trinitas. It was served on their sprawling front lawn on a Moroccan rug with super comfy plush pillows and poufs. It was a delightful way to spend the afternoon and we got extra lucky with having a live band playing near by.
It wouldn’t be a weekend at a resort without a day by the pool. Relaxing under the sun with a glass of local wine, a dip in the jacuzzi and an afternoon nap before getting ready for the evening is definitely my idea of a how to get the most out of a weekend getaway. We almost had this beautiful pool to ourselves which was prefect while trying to social distance from others.
The weather gods were most definitely in our favor as the temps were at an absolutely perfect low 70s all three days. With all the wide-open space, the Napa Valley is ideal for Covid cautious activity such as bike riding, outdoor dining & wine tasting which we did our fair share of. Yountville is very well known for its extraordinary restaurants being the home of Michelin star rated French Laundry. We, however, opted for the more budget friendly Bistro Jeanty which transported us to France with their authentic decor and sublime menu offerings.
Our first wine tasting was at Hall Winery which is in St Helena a little north of downtown Napa. It’s a beautiful spacious winery with the most stunning scenery for all your photo opp needs. The vineyards back right up to the hills for ideal unobstructed views of one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations. We also did a tasting at Ashes & Diamonds (pictured above) where they included a white varietal in addition to all the reds as well as a cheese board with the tasting. I highly recommend making reservations in advance for just about anything you plan in Napa especially if you’re traveling with several people. It’s a very popular destination and for good reason.
I hope you enjoyed joining me on my little getaway to Napa Valley, California. Be sure to check out my other travel diaries here, thanks so much for reading!
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