Recently, my girlfriends planned the ULTIMATE weekend - my Bachelorette. (In case you're wondering we get married in exactly 31 days.)
They asked me what I wanted and I instantly replied with, "Good food, wine, sunshine, rounding it out with time at the spa and the pool."
Wine country was a no brainer. We live ~90 minutes from some of the best wineries, restaurants and spas... basically ever.
I should also mention I run with a crowd that knows a thing or two about where to eat, where to taste, and what to do basically wherever they go. The standard is set very high and they never disappoint.
So without further ado, I bring to you, How to Wine Country Like a GD Queen.
There's a ton of options. Hotels, AirBnBs, Resort & Spas, etc. We opted for my favorite spot in Calistoga - we had a two-bedroom cottage and it was perfect.
Indian Springs Resort and Spa - natural hot springs pool, mud baths (not for the faint of heart but dang I was into it), a great restaurant for food and a patio for cocktails, and walking distance to downtown Calistoga.
Solage - one of my favorites. The casitas are adorable, the spa treatments are amazing and SolBar (their restaurant) has some of my favorite food, wine and cocktails. Bonus: the frosé they serve poolside is TO DIE FOR.
Skip the touristy spots and go straight to the good wine.
Frank Family - One of my favorite wines. I love their reds (their Reserve Cab is only available at the winery) and I LOVE their tastings. The patio is stunning, so relaxing and Bristol, the resident Chocolate Lab is very friendly.
Rombauer - My favorite Chard of ALL TIME. Their reds are also excellent. Frankly so is the Sauv B.
Turnbull - Hadn't ever been and now it's the only place I want to go. Mostly reds but with a winery so gorgeous it looks like Restoration Hardware exploded. High, high ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows and a gorgeous backyard/patio area with couches, tables, and plenty of space for lounging with several of your favorite tastes. Or bottles. Get the Black Label and lie it down for 5 years to age.
Paraduxx - Part of the Duckhorn family and one of my favorite spots to taste. The outdoor area is beautiful, the cheese/charcuterie plates are amazing, and I love their wines, Goldeneye Pinot and Migration Chards.
Schramsberg Sparkling Cave Tour + Tasting - I'm not the biggest fan of bubbles but you get a LOT at this tasting (read: you're loaded by the end) and the tour is really, really informative and interesting. They have several million bottles of bubbly in their caves.
There are a million restaurants in Napa Valley and the surrounding areas. And they're (mostly) all terrific. Here are some favorites.
Farmstead - my first time there and OMG it didn't disappoint. Besides being the absolute cutest spot (at Long Meadow Ranch), the cocktails and food are to-die-for. Starting with the Cheddar Biscuits and Honey Butter. The salads were fantastic. The Beef Tartare was amazing. Everything.
Mustard's - One of my favorite spots to eat. It's classic, consistent, the food is great, and like the menu says, there are way, way too many wines.
Oakville Grocery - The best for grab-and-go sandwiches to take with you to picnic at wineries, chips, snacks, and to-DIE-for pesto pasta 'salad'
Solbar - At Solage, great 'date' spot for dinner but also a great spot for poolside drinks, snacks, apps, and frosé
Sam's Social Club - At Indian Springs; they have a great bar and patio for cocktails, and a great brunch, lunch and dinner.
There are a TON of options in wine country, but if you want to narrow it down to Calistoga/St. Helena area, you can't go wrong here.