When craving a remote and relaxing getaway, there’s no better spot than California wine country. From stunning views to farm-to-table dining, read on to discover our guide for an idyllic west coast adventure.
The Napa, CA Bucket List
Visit a Vineyard
It’s called wine country for a reason. You can't visit Napa without indulging in a wine tasting at one of the countless vineyards.
Find a New Pottery Treasure
Find a ceramic treasure for your home or someone else’s at the charming Calistoga Pottery.
Al Fresco Dining
Take in breathtaking views over a meal at our favorite spot, The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil.
Go on a Vineyard Horseback Trail Ride
Shadybrook at Rapp Ranch lets you experience Napa Valley from the original rancher’s perspective!
Where to Stay
A gathering place, private club, and intimate country hotel for generations, this 250-acre wine-country estate invites its guests into an elegant yet simple setting, surrounded by mountains, canyons and rows of vineyards.
Auberge du Soleil
Nestled within hills of olive and oak trees, this hotel showcases breathtaking views, and sophisticated yet understated elegance.
Indian Springs Calistoga
Indian Springs feels very bohemian, warm, and unfussy. The 17-acre property has a collection of historic cottages and bungalows, lush gardens, and a luxury spa.
With its three signature villas, Bardessono offers a contemporary style resort with a private and grounding experience.
Where to Eat: Breakfast
The Model Bakery
This sought after bakery serves amazing breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee everyday. Don’t skip the famous handmade English muffins, which Oprah names on her “Favorite Things List” two years in a row.
Station Bakery and Provisions
Start your day here for everything from a healthy green juice to a sweet pastry treat. Their salad bowls and sandwiches are also great lunch options.
Thomas Keller’s charming bakery is as picturesque on the outside as the inside, where glass cases are filled with flaky croissants, pain au chocolat, decadent muffins, macarons, and every other sweet treat.
Soul Rebel Coffee
Located in Calistoga, this early-morning hotspot serves organic coffee and tea, fresh fruit smoothies, and cold-pressed juices.
Where to Eat: Lunch
Combine your next home shopping trip with an elevated meal in this elegant space. Complete with crystal chandeliers and olive trees, both the decor and the menu are sure to wow.
Stop at this gourmet market for hearty sandwiches, salads, and delicious creamy dips.
The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil
For a long and leisurely lunch, the restaurant at Auberge du Soleil is nestled within the hills and overlooks lush vineyards and distant mountains.
There’s something for everyone here, from their California burger with a fried egg to hand-spun organic shakes.
Where to Eat: Dinner
The Charter Oak
The Charter OakRun by Chef Christopher Kostow of the Michelin three-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood, The Charter Oak serves simple and seasonal food. Choose from grilled meats, beautiful vegetables, local wines, and unparalleled cocktails.
This warm and welcoming restaurant in the heart of Napa Valley serves classic Italian fare in a rustic and refined setting.
Offering authentic French bistro fare and interiors, Chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant is a year-round favorite. Plus,their Vin en Carafe program features selections made exclusively for the restaurant from top wineries in Napa Valley and France.
The French Laundry
Originally a saloon, a residence, and a French steam laundry, Thomas Keller purchased this stone farmhouse in 1994. Today, The French Laundry serves as a destination for fine French cuisine and impeccable guest service.
What to Do
Visit a Vineyard for Lunch and a Wine Tasting
Some of our favorites include Silver Oak, Caymus, Duckhorn, Casa Piena, Shadybrook at Rapp Ranch Estate, Faust Winery, Cuvaison, and Spottswoode.
Get a group together for a tennis match. We love the courts at Meadowood, but if you are not staying there check out the Lawn Club, some of the only grass tennis courts in CA.
Spend an afternoon in St. Helena for shopping. Some of our favorite shops are Carter and Co. for artisanal, handmade ceramic dinnerware, Patina for vintage jewelry and Elysewalker for a mix of cool designers and brands.
This charming pottery studio has been around for more than 40 years, run by husband and wife team Jeff and Sally. Stop by to see their ceramic collection and find a unique gift for your home or someone else’s.