While we haven’t been in many years, Napa is still one of my favorite places to spend a weekend. It’s a charming little town (that has really grown!!), with lots of fun things to do. Known for its vineyards and wine tasting, there is also amazing food and great shopping. And we did it all!
What to wear in Napa
Being Winter in Northern California, the mornings and evenings were chilly, even going down into the high 30’s. But the days are sunny and reached into the 60’s briefly, so layers and jackets are essential.
Where to go
Since Napa is in the heart of wine country, wine tasting is a required activity. Lol! My girlfriend had toured the Del Dotto Winery previously so we decided to do so again. It was so fun! The wine barrels in kept in caves that we traversed as we tasted the various wines. Even though we rented a car, we Ubered over and back as you do tend to get a bit tipsy from all the tasting!
The tour ended with a lovely lunch that included their homemade pizzas and cheese, Panini, and charcuterie made up of their own meats and cheeses. It was wonderful. Not to mention much needed after all that wine!
For the bourbon and whiskey men in our group, we also included a visit to Napa Valley Distillery’s Tasting Salon. There we sampled rum and bourbon and learned about the distillery process for the various alcohols. That was also fun!
Finally, we spent time at the Oxbow Public Market. In the event that it sounds too much like a weekend of drinking and booze (LOL!), this is also a great place to shop around and get a bite to eat. It’s clearly well visited by locals and tourists alike!
OK, if it appears we gave undue attention to wine and spirits, read on…
Where to eat
There are so many great places to eat in Napa that you literally cannot go wrong. We opted for casual, authentic menus on this trip.
Our companions are great foodies and know all the great places to eat. Our favorites included Zuzu and Ca’ Momi.
Zuzu is located in the Old Town area and features Spanish fare. They are both a restaurant and a tapas bar and we sampled lots of their small plates. Favorites included their two paellas and their Boquerones which are white anchovies, sliced egg, and remoulade on grilled bread. If you like tapas, go there!
Ca’ Momi is very authentic Italian cooking in a casual atmosphere. Our foodie friends are of Italian heritage so generally do the ordering so we enjoyed a plethora of salads, canzone, authentic pizzas, and desserts. Everything was fabulous!
Where to shop
From antique shops to clothing, most of the shops are great. We visited almost all of them. Our favorite for unique, quality clothing was The Mustard Seed Clothing Company. I’ll be sharing my favorite find from them in the future!
Whew! All that in a weekend! There are a lot more wineries and restaurants and things to do in Napa, so this is just a snapshot. If you haven’t been to Napa–either recently or never–consider it for a fun weekend. It’s a great place to eat, drink and shop!
Thanks for joining me for my little journey: a weekend in Napa!