Napa Honeymoon in April/May?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@kittymama426:  Did you figure this out yet? You should contact treejewel19 – she’s great help with planning trips to Napa! 🙂

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2000

@kittymama426:  

I live just south of there and weather is usually very mild in late April. Occasionally showers may be in forecast but rarely anything stormy that time of year. Lot’s of romantic bed and breakfast’s to choose from

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper

@pengoala:  Awww thanks! Gosh I love this area, can’t promote it enough!

@kittymama426:  April and May is a gorgeous time around here. May usually offers slightly more guaranteed sunny days but the temperature overall is quite perfect either month. You are probably looking at high 60’s low 70’s with nights getting down to the 50’s. In other words, perfection.

I am not sure what your overall plans are but I would happy to give you suggestions depending on what you enjoy doing, your budget and length of stay. I love this area and can’t say enough about how romantic and gorgeous it is. 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Treejewel19:  Can you please provide more information? 

Winery suggestions, restaurants, B&B’s…

MY DH and I are looking to visit some time next year for about 4-5 days…..

Thanks!!!!!

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My FI and I went there last year, and absolutely loved it. We’d go back every year if we could. Go to Bottega for one meal: http://www.botteganapavalley.com/  The seating there is so lovely & they’ve got a great drink menu.

We also went to Bouchon’s (it’s also owned by Thomas Keller, but not as upscale as French Laundry), and it was amazing!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper

@californiabride2013:  Would be happy to.

Would you mind sharing:

-what time of year you will be visiting

-white/red/sparkling or all of the above for wine preferences

-food budget (upscale, middle of the road or budget)

-how much you are looking to spend per night?

With this I can pretty much craft out some great suggestions that would fit you and your DH a bit better. 🙂

@kittymama426:  Yes, we have eaten at Ad Hoc a few times. It was pretty good. I take it based on your comments you stuck to the Stag’s Leap and Yountville area.

@BagsnBooks:  Bouchon is waaaaaay better than French Laundry. I have eaten at FL a total of three times now and I am far too picky of an eater to really enjoy it. Bouchon is heaven and their bakery (right outside) is a definite stop for us when we drive by. The Bouchon brownie bites are like chocolate heaven.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Treejewel19:  Agreed! We absolutely loved Bouchon-and the bakery was just to die for–we stopped there twice on our trip there. The giant macarons were so delicious.

 

I’m so jealous that you get to live in Sonoma County. I have friends in Petaluma and it’s pretty much my dream to live in that area.

Post # 12
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My FI and I are also planning a honeymoon in Napa next April! 

@Treejewel19:  do you think 2 weeks is too long to spend honeymooning between Napa, Sonoma, and San Francisco? We want a vacation that requires little to no morning alarm usage, and lots of down time with some wine and cocktails in between and some amazing food. I think the area fits the bill I’m just nervous about spending 7-9 days in Napa & Sonoma. Also, can you recommend some cute inns or B&Bs? I’ve heard great things about Miliken but would love to hear other suggestions as well.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Treejewel19:  thanks so much for your help!!

  • We really do not have a set time that we would like to visit- when do you think is the best time to visit??
  • I like red and white wines… I am not a fan of the sparkling wines
  • My DH and I prefer budget and middle scale restaurants- we live in a major city and have access to a ton of “fancy” restaurants.  We like to visit mom and pop restuarants and “hole in the wall” type of places on vacation.  We find that these places have the best food
  • as for hotel- 100-200 a night works for us

Thanks again for your help!!!!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper

@californiabride2013: 

Time: I would highly recommend coming in early March. The weather around here is gorgeous in the early spring and the mustard flowers are blooming so the vineyards are covered in yellow flowers. Another bonus, the barrel tasting weekends:http://www.wineroad.com/events/barrel_tasting/8. Anyone who loves wine and wants to try a great variety this is the best time to visit (two weekends to choose from). You have access to over 150 wineries for three days straight all for $35.00 (total). Amazing right?

If spring doesn’t work I would suggest fall. Harvest time brings around several fun festivals in the area and the weather is also gorgeous. Mid-70’s, no rain and the leaves start to change. The crowds aren’t too bad compared to the summer months and if you visit the local coast the fall lends the best time of year to do so (surprsingly better than the summer).

Hotel: With that price range you are going to have a hard time staying anywhere within Napa Valley without some amazing groupon once in a lifetime deal. Most hotels start around $300 a night. You can stay in Napa (city) for mid-200’s and if you are lucky just around $200. If you come over to Sonoma County to Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Santa Rosa (across the hill) you can get a hotel for high $100-200. So it would be cheaper but you would have to drive either to Napa Valley (45 mintues or so) or Sonoma (30-35 minutes).

Food: For Napa Valley there are several amazing places with middle of the road pricing.

-Bouchon is my absolute favorite (Yountville). It is the less presumptuous brother to the French Laundry. Even if you don’t eat there stop in and grab some naughty things at their bakery.

-Rutherford Grill (Yountville)

-Pizzeria Tra Vigne (St. Helena). I used to work there several years ago. The food is absolutely out of this world.

-Checker’s (Calistoga)

-Villa Corona (St. Helena, been told this place is amazing. Although Armadillo’s is good too right up the street).

-Gillwood’s (St. Helena. A small cafe with amazing breakfast and brunch. Used to eat here every Sunday when I was in college).

-Guigni’s (St. Helena. Small hole in the wall sandwich place. Grab one and find a pretty place to eat…perhaps at V. Sattui Winery right up the road. Definitely get the Guigni “juice”).

-Cindy’s BackStreet Kitchen (St. Helena. If for no other reason simply go for dessert).

Sonoma (town of):

-The Red Grape

-The Girl and the Fig (Amazing)

-Hopmunk Taven (pub food, great music)

-Rancho Viejo (near the main square)

I can amend suggestions depending on where you end up staying. Like I said you won’t be able to stay “in” the Napa Valley with those prices but can stay within a relatively reasonable drive.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

@mojitolady:  No, I don’t. But I love it here. 😉

April is a tough time because some years we have loads of rain and other years very minimal. The mustard flowers will be likely gone although the vines will be starting their green process so the vineyards should be pretty. In other words it might be a curl up in front the fire and do nothing time of year.

There are loads of wineries between Napa and Sonoma Valley but I don’t know if you literally want to drink yourself silly for two weeks. Depending on how much time you want to spend you can stay in Napa (city) and drive up and down Napa Valley for a couple of days trying a few wineries. It takes about 75 mintues to get from one of the valley to the other provided there aren’t any serious traffic concerns. You could also take a day or two and do the Sonoma wineries (there area some amazing sparkling options around that area) and head up to the Dry Creek Region in Northern Sonoma County (amazing reds).

What I might suggest is that you continue North a bit, perhaps along the coast after three or four days around here. Perhaps head over to Half Moon Bay or up to the Mendocino Coastal area? You could head out to Bodega Bay and up towards Jenner, Gualala and even Fort Bragg if you are adventurous.

I am not familiar with Miliken Creek but I did look it up. Personally if you are looking for an Inn and Spa I wouldn’t stay IN Napa City which is exactly where this is located. I would head further north into the valley and stay at a place or two along the trail.

Yountville- Bellagio Inn and Spa or Hotel Yountivlle (do not stay at the Napa Valley Lodge, not worth the money).

St. Helena-Harvest Inn, Meadowood (pricey but worth every penny. This is where the President stayed during his visit…what a traffic nightmare that was!).

Calistoga-Indian Springs Resort and Spa (the spa features are amazing), Solage.

There is also Calstoga Ranch and Auberge. Both pricey but again out of this world amazing.

What is your overall nightly budget?

 

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Treejewel19:  Thank you for your detailed response! We have restricted ourselves to a nightly budget of $350 or less so we can really enjoy the good food & wine the area has to offer. I looked up your suggestions and found them to either be above our nightly price point or unavailable. I was surprised that some were booked up as I had assumed that was low season! I would love some dining recommendation or your commentary on my current list of restaurants to try:

 

Ad Hoc, French Laundry, Bouchon, Addendum, Oenotri, Redd, The Girl and The Fig, 

Bottega, Bistro Jeanty, Kitchen Door
 
What would you add to or remove from the list?

 

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