(Closed) First Anniversary

posted 6 years ago in California – Northern California
Post # 3
Hostess
23641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wedding day twin! And, apparently we live very close to one another (we live in redwood city)! πŸ˜€  Napa is so beautiful – what about doing the Wine Train? I’ve never done it and have been itching to do so, but hear so many great things about it! The wine train has different trains you can choose from that leave at different times of the day, I believe.  You can do dinner on the train, wine optional.

In terms of wineries, I’m in love with the wines at V Sattui – my friend was married there and the wines there are just exquisite!

Happy Anniversary planning! We haven’t even started planning yet. πŸ˜›

Post # 4
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2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

we’re going to Napa too for our first anniversary! We’re leaving in December. I am anxious to hear other comments as well!

Post # 5
Hostess
23641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh by the way, I’m moving this to the Norcal boards so that maybe the Napa/Sonoma folk can give us a hand! πŸ˜€

Post # 6
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The Library tasting at Cakebread is an exceptional experience πŸ™‚

Post # 8
Hostess
23641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

yeah! DH and I have been talking about it – thing is, we’re going to be in LA for a portion of that weekend for a USC football game (we both went there haha).  We’re talking about maybe making reservations somewhere either in LA or somewhere on our way back, but since I’ve been dreaming of the wine train, we may or may not do something crazy and go out of the way and hit up Napa. πŸ˜›  So, maybe we’ll see you! Haha!

Post # 10
Hostess
23641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

LOL your DH sounds like my DH!  Well, they have daytime wine train options too! πŸ˜›

Post # 11
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3472 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Bouchon.  It is the most amazing restaurant I have ever been too– it’s expensive (usually ~$150 for me and my husband; including wine) but if you’ve got the time/moeny it’s WELL worth it! You will need reservations if this is of interest. 

If not, there is also the Bouchon Bakery which is right next door– much easier on the wallet and absolutely the best bread and pasteries money can buy in my opinion.  I highly recommend stopping in for a quick bite! 

 

Post # 12
Hostess
11174 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MsATC:  I always recommend the wine train to out of town guests but it really depends on your preference. My DH and I actually just did the wine train date with friends a few weeks ago. The food is amazing and the views spectacular. It gives you a great introduction to the Napa Valley and it will be light for the dinner portion but dark for the return to Napa (dessert portion).

Okay now where do I begin???

Napa Valley is gorgeous of course but you will get a lot more for your wine tasting buck if you stick to Sonoma. So that is up to you. Sonoma is about 30 minutes from the Sheraton and Napa (city) is about 45 minutes to an hour. However, you will need to drive further into the valley to get to the wineries and name restaurants. I would say you need to allow 90 minutes to really get to the tourist draws in Napa Valley.

Food in Napa Valley:

-Yountville: Bouchon (or the bakery for the Bouchon brownie bites, they are out of this world) or Bistro Jeanty

-Rutherford: Rutherford Grill (amazing, one of my faves!)

-St. Helena: Adorable town, highly recommend walking around and seeing the shops (I used to live there) and eat at Pizzeria Tra Vigne. Most amazing pizza if you like rustic thinner crust. For amazing sandwiches try Guigni’s…tastes better than the shop looks. Grab a sandwich and head into the town park for a romantic bite. Not sure if you enjoy hiking but there is the Bothe State Park with great shaded hiking trails, this is right outside St. Helena.

-Calistoga: Checker’s (great Italian) or Brannan’s Grill. This is a nother great place to walk around.  If you are in need of some pampering you can hit up Indian Hot Springs. It is truly amazing and a great way to enjoy a warm afternooon after your massage/treatment.

Now for wineries there are loads of amazing places you can go. My favorites thanks to the amazing architecture alone are; Darioush, Castello Di Amarosa, Peju, Opus, and Domaine Carneros. These are just amazing on their own for a picnic lunch…no need to taste the wine. Domaine Carneros is on your way from Petaluma to Napa Valley anyway so it makes a nice pit stop.

 

For Sonoma:

My favorite restaurants are the Girl and The Fig and Red Grape Pizzeria, both equally amazing. Again if you like hiking there is a great and moderate trail that takes you to an amazing overlook of all Sonoma (if my DH can do it anyone can).

Not sure if you like trains but there is a really cute train town. My DH and I went about a month ago just for kicks. It was pretty fun.

 

As for where you are staying, there are some pretty amazing restaurants in Petaluma too just in case you find yourself not wanting to leave the area.

 

Anyway as you can see I have loads of info in my brain. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions…I live just 10 minutes from the Sheraton. πŸ˜›

 

Post # 14
Hostess
11174 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MsATC:  Head to Doran Beach in Bodega Bay, great beach. You can go to the left and ther are tons of tidepools. For lunch there is the Dog House right nearby with great hamburgers and hot dogs. There is a great kite shop up the road if you and your DH are interested in that kind of thing.

For horse back riding we typically go with Chanslor Ranch.

Are you a fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies?  You can check out the Potter Schoolhouse, used in the filming of The Birds and I heard that Tippi Hedren will be at the Tides Wharf (restaurant in Bodega Bay) for autograph signings over Labor Day weekend.

If you like to golf there is a great golf course (Bodega Harbor Golf Course) on the beach (Doran Beach).

Not sure if you are familiar with Duncan Mills or like antiques but they are having a huge antique fair Labor Day Weekend. You just might run into my DH and I there. πŸ˜‰

Post # 16
Hostess
23641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MsATC:  WOW look at you planning a fantastic weekend! So far, DH and I only have planned a dinner in Los Angeles (he’s keeping it a secret apparently) for Sunday night.  I’ve taken off our actual anniversary on Tuesday (i don’t think he’s taking it off of work) and have plans to attempt to recreate the meal from our wedding reception!

We may not do anything quite so elaborate, but who knows? It’s still early and maybe I can squeeze more celebration out of him! πŸ˜€

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