Your Weekend Guide for a Perfect Girls Wine Trip in Napa.
We all love wine, girlfriends, and good scenery, which is why we ALL need to visit Napa with our girlfriends at least once (or hundreds of times) in our lives. If you’ve been itching to go and have no clue where to start, no need to look any further. I’ve compiled the perfect Wine-Country-Chick-approved itinerary for you and your girlfriends to set you up for a Napa trip filled with endless amounts of wine pours, laughs, and fun. Trust me, you will not regret any of these recommendations. Enjoy your trip, and please share your photos (Holla at me on Instagram @winecountrychick)!
Friday – Settle in and Dinner
Arrive to your accommodations in or near Downtown Napa. We recently stayed at Bel Abri Napa Valley Inn which would be perfect for you and your girlfriends. It’s about a 20-25 minute walk to downtown Napa. It’s clean, colorful, and modern design is very welcoming. They even have a small breakfast available in the lobby in the mornings. Highly recommend this hotel if you’re looking for a more reasonably priced accommodation with a good location.
bel abri hotel
Drinks: Stop into Brown Downtown Napa. The exposed brick and modern industrial decor is amazing and the Zinfandels are even better.
Dinner: Your options will be endless within walking distance from Brown, but I highly recommend Gott’s Roadside for burgers, salads, and more.
Saturday – Wine. wine, and more wine
Plan a Designated driver for the day. There are many local limos and car services in the area. You don’t want anyone to miss out on the delicious wines you will be tasting all day so make sure to plan ahead. My advice is to reserve the limo/car for 6 hours from 11-5PM.
Here’s your itinerary (don’t forget to make appointments):
11AM: Depart Hotel
11:30AM: Mumm. A day of wine must start with bubbles. And let’s face it, it just seems more acceptable to drink sparkling wine before noon. Check out more details about the tasting here.
12:45PM Lunch at Dean and Deluca for some incredible deli food including sandwiches, pasta salads, dips, cookies, and more. If you want somewhere to eat the food, you can go across the street to V. Sattui, order a glass or bottle to share, and use one of their picnic tables.
2PM: Hall Wines (St. Helena location) – Not only famous for its appearance on Season 22 of The Bachelor (any fans out there?), Hall wines has a stunning facility, tons of amazing wine (including a variety of delicious Cabernet Sauvignons), and great options for tastings. We sat outside on their patio to take in the views, but make sure to stop inside to check out their modern art.
Hall Wine views
3:30PM: Ashes & Diamonds Winery – Last stop! You will truly feel like you’ve transported to Los Angeles once you arrive to this trendy, state-of-the-art facility. The wines are unique and the lounge will make you want to re-design your living space. You will also be very pleased with their crackers and dip. (see more for their experience here).
5PM: Return to Hotel
Make sure to account for the fact that you will probably be exhausted when you return. I’d recommend ordering pizza for delivery and opening a couple bottles of wine (probably a few that you purchased throughout the day). For the energizer bunnies out there, make a visit to Napkins Bar + Grill for some dinner and drinks.
Sunday – Breakfast and Bubbles
Wine Hangover? You probably need some bread. Don’t worry, I got you.
Stop in Model Bakery for the best English Muffin you’ve ever had in your life. These things are flaky, warm, and too irresistible to pass up.
Meander through Oxbow Market for some locally famous vendors including Three Twins ice cream, Cheese and Wine Merchant, Hog Island Oyster Bar and more.
One more winery? OK! Grab some bubbles at Domaine Carneros, which is conveniently located on the southern tip of Napa (closer to Oakland/San Francisco). This chateau will make you feel like you’ve quickly made a trip to France.
And that’ a wrap! Time to start planning for your next trip to Napa.