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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!

3 Answers

top answer by
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


Can never go wrong with Rutherford Grill

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

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:

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

Mentioned in this answer:

  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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answered first by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Favorite wineries (either great tasting selection, view, or people):  Flora Springs Winery & Vineyard, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Bennett Lane Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Frank Family Vineyards, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Crocker & Starr Wines, Mumm Napa, Domaine Carneros, and/or Pine Ridge Winery

If you are trying to visit wineries (main priority), pick up lunch at Oakville Grocery or stop for a quick bit Gott's Roadside.  For dinner check out (if you want to drop a chunk of change The French Laundry-if there are no reservations, try out his other restaurants:  ad hoc or Bouchon-both are outstanding in their own right.  The market just east of the river in downtown Napa has some excellent choices as well.  My one and only stop that I make every single time I'm in town: Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ in downtown Napa-order the beer can chicken.

Mostly-just enjoy!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Joseph Phelps Vineyards (attraction)
  2. Grgich Hills Estate (attraction)
  3. Frank Family Vineyards (attraction)
  4. Crocker & Starr Wines (attraction)
  5. Mumm Napa (attraction)
  6. Oakville Grocery (attraction)
  7. Gott's Roadside (restaurant)
  8. The French Laundry (restaurant)
  9. ad hoc (restaurant)
  10. Bouchon (restaurant)
  11. Flora Springs Winery & Vineyard (attraction)
  12. Bennett Lane Winery (attraction)
  13. Trefethen Family Vineyards (attraction)
  14. Pine Ridge Winery (attraction)
  15. Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ (attraction)
  16. Domaine Carneros (attraction)
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answered by
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!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Frogs Leap Vineyard (attraction)
  2. Duckhorn Vineyards (attraction)
  3. VML winery (attraction)
  4. Truett Hurst Winery (attraction)
  5. Lagunitas Brewing Company (attraction)
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