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Danielle
New York City

Danielle from New York City asked

Winery, restaurant, and activity recommendations for 2 days in Napa

Will be staying in a luxury hotel for 1 night.  Looking for some dinner recs, the best wineries (do people use drivers and car services???) and if a hot air balloon is worth it!

Napa Valley   Napa

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Dave from California

Depending on where your hotel is - couple stand out restaurants in Napa are
Angèle - wonderful food and service next to napa riverfront
Oenotri - italian downtown
Bistro Don Giovanni - old time hangout, winemakers and locals alike

Yountville
Bouchon
Redd
Bottega

Rutherford
Can never go wrong with Rutherford Grill

St. Helena
Press Restaurant
Goose & Gander - good food but service sometimes slow

Calistoga
JoLē
Solage Calistoga

The two three star Michelin restaurants in the valley are: The French Laundry - (difficult to get into, 60 day in advance reservations open up) or the Restaurant At Meadowood (a bit easier to get access)

Best wineries - that all depends.
If your looking for the premium of the premium that you might have a chance to get in without knowing someone try:

Brand
Araujo Estate Wines
Dana Estates
Meteor Vineyards
Gandona Estate
Seven Stones Winery

Great visits with very good wines and hospitality are:
Marston Vineyards
Arns Winery


A rare tasting if he is around is with Dick Petersen - for oh so many reasons. (Richard Grant Wine - is his label)

Drivers might help get one into certain wineries - but you certainly don't need a driver to explore the valley.

Hope this helps


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  1. Angèle (restaurant)
  2. Oenotri (restaurant)
  3. Bistro Don Giovanni (restaurant)
  4. Bouchon (restaurant)
  5. Redd (restaurant)
  6. Bottega (restaurant)
  7. Rutherford Grill (restaurant)
  8. Press Restaurant (attraction)
  9. Goose & Gander (restaurant)
  10. JoLē (restaurant)
  11. Solage Calistoga (hotel)
  12. The French Laundry (restaurant)
  13. Restaurant At Meadowood (attraction)
  14. Araujo Estate Wines (attraction)
  15. Dana Estates (attraction)
  16. Meteor Vineyards (attraction)
  17. Gandona Estate (attraction)
  18. Seven Stones Winery (attraction)
  19. Marston Vineyards (attraction)
  20. Arns Winery (attraction)
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Liz from Austin (Texas)

In Napa, i love Frogs Leap Vineyard and Duckhorn Vineyards  In sonoma county, i like VML winery and Truett Hurst Winery  that is where i would spend a couple of days!   Then if you head back to San Francisco on 101, stop at Lagunitas Brewing Company for a beer - thats an awesome spot!


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