What are Your Favorite Wineries, Hotels, Restaurants and Activities in Napa Valley?

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  1. Lighthouse
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    Napa Valley on a beautiful day can be quite extraordinary. Please share your favorite recommendations in traveling through the valley.
     
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    Pizzeria Tra Vigne in St Helena

    Good home made pastas and traditional pizzas - no corkage either.

    A great place to take the kids!
     
  3. I recommend Redd in Yountville for a nice dinner place. The ambiance was very nice there, the food was californian cuisine, fresh simple ingredients. We did the 5 course prix fixe so between my husband and I we were able to sample 10 different dishes because they let us choose different items in each category.
     
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    I'm a big fan of St. Supery Winery. IMO they make some of the best whites in Napa. Their Moscato dessert wine is A1.
     
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    Ad Hoc for dinner.
     
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    Bistro Don Giovanni - great italian food
    The Oxbow Market - a fun variety of different food vendors from Gott's to Pica Pica especially good for kids.
    The Bouchon bakery - great sandwiches and baked goods
     
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    The deck at Auberge for drinks during sunset!
     
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    Unfortunately many of the best Napa wineries require advanced reservations and some are closed unless you are in the industry or otherwise have good contacts.

    The large Napa vineyards and those on the main roads are extremely touristic, especially on weekends in season. It can be fun for a group to take go to some of these, but expect big crowds and an experience that is oriented toward the masses. You generally will not taste their special vineyard or reserve label wines in these places.
     
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    It is important to time visits to Napa Valley to avoid busy weekends during peak season. Having said that the valley is extraordinarily beautiful and has an amazing concentration of great food (at all price points) and wine as any I have experienced. It just requires a little advance research and planning.

    Others like more rustic and less developed areas of the wine country in Sonoma, Paso Robles, etc. I personally enjoy them all.
     
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    I think we basically agree, although I always prefer to get away from the big touristic wineries along the main road in Napa. I don't see any reason to visit them because I don't come to wine country to ride little trains or be herded around with a big group. Like many things, it's better if you can plot a strategy and plan in advance.
     
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    I am especially fond of Bistro Don Giovanni
     
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    If you like art you should stop by both the Hess and Clos Pegase. Wineries. Very good wines and art.
     
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