Post # 1
Hi Bees, we are planning on heading to San Fran for part for our honeymoon but I had the grand idea of suprising Fiance with a couple of nights in Napa as he is a big wine & foodie lover. I would prefer an all-inclusive (scared of the big bill!!) & probably the lower end of the price scale. Has anyone had a romantic getaway in Napa that they could recommend (google + trip advisor = overwhemled!)
Thanks for your help!!
Post # 3
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Try Groupon.com … they always have deals for Napa
Post # 4
Napa is fabulous — I actually think its 1000x nicer than SF, so I would try to spend as much time in Napa as possible! A lot depends on your budget. There are some wonderfully romantic hotels – Auberge du Soleil, Carneros Inn, Calistoga Ranch, Villagio Inn… but they are pretty expensive. For medium price there is Avia Napa (i think it may be an Andaz soon), and there are also hundreds of bed and breakfasts that are also beautiful and romantic. I would base myself in Yountville (very quaint town) which is walking distance from many michelin starred restaurants — French Laundry, Bouchon, Ad Hoc, Redd, Bottega, just to name a few. The best wineries in my opinion? Pride, Conn Creek (you make your own blend and they bottle it for you), Opus One, to name a few.
I dont think you will find all-inclusives for napa. Generally it would be cheaper if you had a car and drove around, or take a group tour.
Post # 5
@Marquise123: oh wow – thank you so much for your post. All inclusive is now out. Yountville is now in:) And I enjoy the idea of a romantic B&B. Michelin starred restaurants ? I didn’t even know they existed over there!
I was thinking of maybe hiring a car from LA & driving up – maybe Napa could be the first destination so that we have a mode of transport & then drive to San Fran for that portion of the trip.
So… now, B&B’s in Yountville anyone?
Post # 6
I am staying at the Inn on Randolph but that’s more downtown Napa, still within walking distance to yummy restaurants. Most B&Bs are really old school but this one is more modern and more my style.
My brother and his wife honeymooned in Sonoma at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. They stayed in the cottages which are more private.
The price is going to depend on when you go. I was able to get my room for much cheaper because it’s off season as well as a mid-week stay.
I really don’t think you will find any all inclusives up there.. I certainly didn’t see any.
Something to remember is it IS a pricey place. I’m from the midwest and wine tastings here are FREE. In Napa/Sonoma etc you’re looking at 20.00+++ a tasting (I was told usually 3-4 different wines, usually about 1/4 a normal glass of wine)
And the restaurants, though I have read are so delicious (can’t wait!!) can be very pricey!
Like anything, you can definitely keep the bill down as long as you budget correctly.
I’m currently trying to decide on a private tour for the day (have a car come, pick us up, and drive us around to all the wineries) and also a hot hair balloon ride!
Post # 7
@S2013: Thanks for posting. I quickly realised that there isn’t anything all inclusive. I’ve found an inexpensive b&b in Yountville. Thinking that we’ll keep the accom simple (doing luxury on the next leg) & enjoy the award winning restaurants.
We’ll have a car at this stage & may venture out to some wineries. Any idea how I can find out what they are charging? I have my eye on those that Marquise123 suggested above.
Apart from restaurants, wineries, is there anyting else I should not miss in Napa whilst based in Yountville?
Post # 8
oh in yountville there is also a great tasting room called jessup cellars, you must stop there! the people are so nice and the table for four is a great wine ($20 for a tasting, but i think they waive if you buy a bottle).
also charbay is a distillery and they do a great tasting of green tea liquor, passion fruit dessert wine, and port…. enjoy!!
Post # 9
I love napa! If you are renting a car, Sonoma is beautiful too (and more laid back with equally good wineries).
Tastings and tours usually range rom $10-20 depending on the winery. There are some big name ones like Domain Chandon/Moet, Beringer, Mondavi, etc. and those will be beautiful but the most “commercialized”. I’d say go to a couple but also check out the smaller ones. My fave is V Sattui (I would get married there if i could – looks like a castle! and you can picnic on the grounds).
I’ve also eaten at Caneros and it was delish!
I know tripadvisor could seem daunting, but if you just take the top 10 and then cross reference with yelp reviews (anything 4 above means it’s awesome!) you’ll have your top choices. Here are some links that might help.
Post # 10
I don’t have a terriblle amount to contribute, but I took a day trip to Napa on a trip to SF a year or two ago and it was fabulous!
Post # 11
Thanks for the info. My Fiance and I are also looking at spending some time in Napa during our honeymoon. We’ll definitely consider these suggestions 🙂
Post # 12
All this is great! Will look into Sonoma also. Would we be able to do a day trip or worth while to stay in a b&b over there?
I’ll be sure to post when descisions have been made if any bee finds it helpful!
Post # 13
Depending on your budget I would suggest staying in Napa (the city) and driving up and down the valley versus staying in another more boutique city. From Napa to get from one end of the valley (through Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga etc) to another takes about 80 to 90 minutes….depending on traffic and stops. To get from Napa to Sonoma takes about 30 minutes. So again it is entirely possible to see both the wineries in Napa and ones in Sonoma while staying in a budget friendly hotel.
Now for wine tasting the Napa wineries are over the top and more expensive but worth it if you enjoy unique architecture and elements. For actual wine tasting you will get more for your money to head over to Sonoma.
A few amazing wineries in Napa Valley are Opus, Darioush, castello di amarosa, clos pegasse, Peju, and Sterling (they have a sky tram). These have special elements worth seeing.
I live in Sonoma so feel free to PM me if you have any questions. There are lots of great restaurants I can recommend as well.
FYI there aren’t many all inclusive places here. I definitely recommend checking out Groupon and Living Social they are always running promotions for the area.
Post # 14
@Treejewel19: I am actually considering having my bach party in Sonoma! One of my BMs lives in SF and we’re thinking it’s still a cool destination without flying international. If we end up picking Sonoma, I am def going to PM you for any suggestions you might have!
Post # 15
@lilcshelli: I wish i could have my bach party over there!
Post # 16
save! we’ve been to sonoma before and i must recommend it. we went on a prearranged tour that picked us up in SF and took us to both Muir woods and 3 wineries in Sonoma (others were there so not super romantic although much cheaper than a private limo). We had a blast and I know they have tours that just focus on wineries bc really, who wants to drive? there are also tours that are longer (ours was just a day trip).
this is who we used -http://www.incadventures.com/trips/muirwoods/default.php – honestly i was worried bc i thought the website looked a little sketchy, but everything was fine. I was booking late-ish and was trying to find something inexpensive. the tour guide was a little quirky but definitely willing to accomodate his audience (offered to take us to more wineries past the scheduled time but a few people on the tour were flying out of san fran that night so it didnt work). we went to one big name winery and a couple smaller ones