It’s always tempting to make our way out to Napa Valley, and a little time in the quaint countryside is always a good idea. This time of year in Napa Valley is one of my favorites as the busy season has yet to make its way to the valley, the crowds are still in hiding , and it often feels like you have the whole place to yourself.
Late spring the weather can still be a bit colder, so finding a cozy space to call home is crucial. Myself and our Content Editor, Natasha, made our way to Napa Valley to find some of the best places to explore. We arrived to the lovely Senza Hotel which welcomed us with a warm space, and large room to call home.
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We often retreated here to escape the cold when we just needed to warm up a bit —the large fireplace and heated floors were just what was needed (Read the full review here). We both had been to Napa Valley a few times, so we wanted to find some new eats and of course the favorites, along with wineries to go to this time of year.
Here’s how we spent 24 hours in Napa Valley.
After checking in, head out for a bit of wine tasting at these wineries:
+ Intimate wine tasting at Robert Biale Vineyards
This cozy spot in Oak Knoll is that local, get to know the family, wine tasting. It’s an opportunity to sip with a view of the vineyards in a comfortable, approachable wine tasting room. Their Zinfandels are delicious, and the wealth of knowledge will have you well on your way to understanding wine.
+ An artistic tasting at Hall Winery
This incredible space invites you to explore, learn about their wine process, and take in the view. There are many art pieces in the wine tasting area, and across the property which makes for a wine tasting and art tour all at the same time.
Head back to the hotel to rejuvenate:
+ Soak and spa with a treatment at Senza Hotel
I really can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon — relax, enjoy a treatment and make it a day to just be.
+ Hors d’ oeuvres hour at Senza
Pop into the lobby for a light snack and even more tasting from a local vineyard.
For Delicious Eats:
+ Dine at NINEBARK
This newly opened restaurant, bar, and lovely spot in downtown Napa is a place to go back to time and time again. The warm interior is rustic, the food creative and playful making it the perfect place to wind down a day.
+ Eat your way through Oxbow Market
A place also known as trouble, has multiple little shops and eateries set up where you can find everything you could ever want. From Kara’s Cupcakes to a great latte at Ritual, there is truly something to eat or drink for everyone. It’s a great place to go hangout indoors when you need a break from the outdoors. Stopping by C Casitas for Mexican coffee is a must.
After having eaten your way through Napa Valley, be sure to head back to you room, as an early morning adventure awaits you.
Experience the Valley from Above:
+ Float at sunrise with Balloons Above the Valley
The early wake up call is definitely part of it, but the views are unbeatable. This is something I would do year round, as each time of the year the colors change. In the spring the soft green tones of the vines are starting to peak through creating a stunning and peaceful view above the valley.
Before you head home:
+ Pick up a basket of Dean & Deluca to top off your stay
One of my favorite stops in Napa Valley is Dean & Deluca to stock up on my favorite food. With plenty of options getting a basket of assorted cheeses, bread, and more makes for a delicious picnic.
One night in Napa Valley may seem quick — but it is just enough time to fuel your need for adventure.
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