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Weekend Guide to Napa: A Gourmand’s Paradise

Feb 10, 2015

There is rarely a day of bad weather in Napa Valley. Driving down Highway 29 with the top down and the wine-scented air blowing through your hair are the makings of a perfect weekend road trip away from the city. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite stops through wine country to help you plan your next getaway to our resort in Napa!

BREAKFAST

Model Bakery – For close to 90 years, The Model Bakery has been part of the Napa Valley culinary scene, providing the best breads, pastries and coffee house in St. Helena.  When you visit make sure to try their world renowned english muffins.

WINE

  • Quintessa – Quintessa is a family-owned biodynamic and organic wine estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley. We believe the best way to truly experience this stunning and distinctive property is through privately hosted experiences that are customized for each guest. Reservations for these experiences are available to visitors by appointment only between 10am and 4pm daily.
  • CadeCADE Estate Winery sits high above the fog line on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain, just northeast of the town of St. Helena. The building’s striking architecture, a dialogue between gentle contours and strong rectilinear forms, suggests the complexity of our wines– powerful yet nuanced expressions of our mountain terroir.
  • Lava VineLava Vine Winery specializes in small production, handcrafted wines from Napa and Knights Valley organic vineyards.  Located in Calistoga, they are family run and dog friendly, housed in a barn that’s casual and inviting — a place to experience exceptional wines, celebrate small town life, and leave as a friend.

Auberge Resorts Blog - San Francisco Road Trip: A Guide to Napa Valley

LUNCH

Archetype – Offers an iconic Americana menu that takes a contemporary out-of-the-box approach. Dishes feature local, seasonal ingredients, perfect for pairing with a thoughtful selection of regional wines and handcrafted cocktails. The dining room—designed by Archetype founder and renowned architect, Howard Backen, and named as one of the “10 Most Beautifully Designed” by Architectural Digest—reflects distinctive wine country style with a relaxed, comfortable sophistication.

Auberge Resorts Blog - San Francisco Road Trip: A Guide to Napa Valley, Archetype Restaurant

Auberge Resorts Blog - San Francisco Road Trip: A Guide to Napa Valley, Archetype Restaurant

DINNER

Auberge du Soleil One of the first great Wine Country establishments, the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil pays tribute to its legacy with an award-winning menu and wine list. Executive Chef Robert Curry’s inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich ingredients of California’s Napa Valley and draws from regional produce, accented with Mediterranean flavors.

Auberge Resorts Blog - San Francisco Road Trip: A Guide to Napa Valley, Auberge du Soleil Restaurant

PICNIC

Oakville GroceryOriginally opened in 1881, the 130-year old Oakville Grocery is a historic landmark in the heart of Napa Valley. This beautiful gourmet market showcases outstanding new food offerings – delicious seasonal prepared foods, curated gourmet products, breads, cheeses, charcuterie, fresh baked goods, and a new line of Oakville Grocery private label foods.

SLEEP

Calistoga RanchLocated in the heart of the Napa Valley just outside the town of Calistoga. The Napa Valley resort features 50 indoor/outdoor private lodges with outdoor showers, a personal hot tub and lushly appointed beds. Calistoga Ranch also provides a private restaurant, The Lakehouse, overlooking the secluded Lake Lommel and a world class Napa spa.

Auberge Resorts Blog - San Francisco Road Trip: A Guide to Napa Valley

These are just a small selection of the delicious wine and dining offerings to be enjoyed in Calistoga, Napa Valley – a gourmand’s paradise.