Spent a weekend in Napa a couple weeks ago and although I’ve always loved San Francisco, I think the city is facing some competition now.
A weekend was great, but next time, I’m definitely spending at least one more night in Napa. While more relaxed and not as congested with things to do as the city is, there is a lot to check out in Napa. Here are a couple of my favorites from the weekend.
1. V. Sattui Winery – 1111 White Ln., St Helena, CA 94574
Oldie but a goodie for sure. One of my go-to wineries whenever I’m in Napa Valley. This beautiful winery has three tasting rooms and wonderful staff that are knowledgeable and friendly. There is also a deli that sells a variety of delicious eats (my favorite is the mustard prawns!). You can pick up some hot food, cheeses, meats, etc. and head outside (weather permitting). They have picnic tables ideal for a romantic picnic for two, or an ideal backdrop for enjoying a bottle of wine — or two — with a group of friends
2. Oxbow Public Market – 610 & 644 1st St., Napa, CA 94559
This 40,000 square foot marketplace offers a number of vendors — coffee, wine, beer, food, what more could you ask for? All the necessities in one place! There’s such a great vibe here, so much to try. Great place to just hangout. We had dinner reservations for that night but ended up cancelling and stayed to try the various food offerings.
3. Hog Island Oyster Co. – Oxbow Public Market
Located inside Oxbow Public Market, this place was poppin’ for a Saturday afternoon. We only had to wait about ten minutes for seats at the bar, but we were able to enjoy a glass of wine while waiting. Kept it light and ordered the Oyster Bar Mix, which was an assortment of the day’s oysters and a bowl of clam chowder. Highly recommend!
4. Hill Family Estate Wines – 6512 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
Found this place on Yelp when we were looking for a nearby tasting room so that we did not have to worry about driving after doing some wine tasting. This place was less than a 5-minute walk from our hotel. Hill Family Estate is a family-run business and has a more intimate and cozy feel compared to other wine tasting rooms. You walk in and it’s as if you’ve just walked into a friend’s house. The set-up resembles a living room with different sections for tastings. Jeff was very knowledgeable and even gave us a couple extra pours. We ended up returning that night to pick up a bottle of Syrah to enjoy on our final night in Napa.
5. Atelier Fine Foods – 6505 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599
Located across the street from Hill Family Estate, Atelier Fine Foods is a boutique that offers everything you need for the perfect charcuterie board. They sell an assortment of delicious meats, cheeses, and spreads. Even found a bag of black truffle chips that were way too delicious for their own good. I copped a few bags to bring back home!
6. Gott’s Roadside – 644 First St., Napa, CA 94559
When looking up places to check out in Napa, this was mentioned in a number of articles so we had to check it out. Really chill diner serving roadside classics. Definitely gives off that California vibe. We ordered the California Burger, chicken tenders, and brisket sandwich, which was their special for the day. Really good food. The line out the door was not lying.
Definitely so much to see in Napa Valley. Might just have to make a Napa trip an annual tradition….