Wednesday, October 26, 2011

{wanderlust} napa valley recommendations

Delicious food, beautiful weather, and an endless supply of wine--what better place for a weekend with your girlfriends than Napa Valley? To (finally) finish off my coverage of our trip to California, here are a few of my favorite places that we visited during our weekend in Wine Country. Later this week, it will be back to (almost) all baking all the time. 

Churchill Manor: This beautiful inn was historic, quaint and charming, but also sparkling clean and well-equipped. The staff was sweet and welcoming, and the inn was conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Napa. 

The French Laundry: You can read a detailed account of my visit to The French Laundry here. The short version? It was extraordinary, the staff could not have been nicer, and I went back the next day to drink champagne in shorts. Seriously. 

Ubuntu: Ubuntu is a community focused vegetarian restaurant and yoga studio where we had a delicious, inventive and filling dinner. It was a fun foodie experience, but also light and healthy enough to counterbalance all of the butter, sugar and alcohol we consumed the rest of the weekend. Or so we told ourselves. 

Napa Valley Bike Tours:  We spent a wonderful day biking through Yountville with the help of Napa Valley Bike Tours. We reserved bikes in advance, and they mapped our route, delivered our picnic lunch, and picked up our purchases so that we didn't have to carry them with us.  It was a wonderful way to see some local vineyards and get some exercise at the same time (just remember not to do too much tasting!)

Platypus Tours: We had so much fun touring vineyards from Napa to Saint Helena on our tour with Platypus. Our guide, Jennie, took us to small, family-owned vineyards like Judd's Hill and Arger Martucci that were great spots we never would have found on our own. It was also an easy way to cover lots of ground without having to worry about planning a route (or choosing a designated driver).

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