Trip Planning: Napa Valley

May 6, 2013

I have always wanted to visit Napa Valley my entire adult life, and in a few short weeks I'll finally be there! No kids, wine, beautiful scenery, great food, more's going to be good. I'm having so much fun planning and looking at the amazing pictures. Of course, I have to share it all with you!

Doesn't this remind you of the movie "A Walk in the Clouds" with Keanu Reeves? It was a good movie, but the scenery is why I have watched it several times.

I'm still trying to decide on the hot air balloons. I don't have a fear of heights, but I do have a fear of falling. I don't know if there's a difference, but I'm okay being up high as long as it doesn't feel like I'm going to tumble to my death. I may have to just take pictures from the ground.

The wine train might be a better option.

I'm still trying to decide on which wineries to visit. Any suggestions?

Cappola Winery

Castello di Amorosa

Vittorio Sattui

It wasn't easy finding a place to stay because there are just too many great options. My husband swears Yountville is the place to be and since he's been there a few times recently for work (I know, right?), I'm going to take his advice.

Auberge du Soleil


Hotel Yountville

And the food...

Osso Bucco

I will be at Bouchon every single day.

Michael Chiarello's Cafe

I will probably pick my restaurants based on how cute they are. Is that strange? Don't answer that. I can't wait to leave, but I think planning is half the fun!


  1. I grew up about an hour from Yountville and have never been there. What the heck was I thinking?! Oh yea, to begin with there was the all important school and no car. Then car and kids and no time. And now I am half way across the country and no plane ticket. lol I will be visiting my sister not far from there this Fall. Maybe that will be this years "place" for us sisters to spend a few days. It looks beautiful. Have a great time!!!

  2. OH.MY.GOODNESS! This looks like a dream come true! Every single thing here makes me giddy. Are you going with your husband or is this a girls trip? I can't wait to hear more about it! I've been there once, years ago and I don't think I appreciated it as much as I would now. Would love to go back there.
    I'm with you on the hot air balloon thing - it made me chuckle when you said you didn't have a fear of heights, only a fear of falling. I wouldn't mind doing a hot air balloon, but something like skydiving where you are actually throwing yourself out there I would not be able to do. But you're right, the wine train sounds the safest. ;)
    Have such a great time on your trip!

  3. Check out the Harvest Inn, located in the heart of the Napa Valley, on St. Helena's Main St.