The Fun and Discerning Millennials’ Guide to a Weekend in Napa Valley

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Curator’s statement

Napa Valley is a picturesque region renowned for its world-class wineries, stunning landscapes and is the culinary capital of California. It’s the perfect weekend getaway spot for the discerning millennial who appreciates a good vibe and an Instagrammable moment. For those looking to experience the best of the best, Napa Valley has plenty to offer: Indulge in exceptional wines, savor innovative food and explore the beautiful country landscapes. Here's a guide to the best wineries, dining spots and other activities to make the most of your Napa Valley experience.

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Where to stay in Napa Valley

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Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection

Napa Valley retreat with luxurious suites as well as plenty of wine, wellness options and epicurean treats.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley

Unique Four Seasons accommodations set within a world-class vineyard.

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Bardessono Hotel and Spa

Locally-engrained stylish Napa hotel that celebrates the local community of artisans, chefs and winemakers through its conscious hospitality approach.

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Things to do in Napa Valley

The views of vineyards in Napa Valley.

Hot Air Balloon Ride: Soar above the vineyards and valleys of Napa Valley in a hot air balloon for a stunning bird's-eye view of the region's beauty.

Cycling Tour: Explore Napa Valley's scenic landscapes and charming towns on a leisurely bike ride up the Silverado Trail or join a guided bike tour to and stop at a winery or two along the way.

Hiking in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park: Reconnect with nature while exploring trails, redwood groves, and scenic vistas.

Take a Cooking Class: Enhance your culinary skills by attending a cooking class at one of two Culinary Institute of America locations renowned for turning out some of the country’s best chefs.

Art and Culture: Napa Valley has a vibrant art scene where you can explore local galleries or visit the di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art.

Spa: Many of Napa valley’s hotels offer unparalleled spa experiences, indulge in a day of self-care at some of the best spas in the U.S.

Take a Dip in the Hot Springs: Calistoga is home to rejuvenating hot springs that provide a soothing and therapeutic experience for tourists. Immerse yourself in the mineral-rich waters, known for their healing properties and unwind amidst the natural beauty of Napa Valley.

Lay Poolside: Napa Valley boasts a variety of luxurious hotel pools where visitors can relax and soak up the California sunshine while enjoying stunning vineyard views or serene garden settings.

Highly Rated Wineries to Visit

Quintessa: Nestled in the heart of Rutherford, Quintessa offers a unique biodynamic experience. Explore their beautiful vineyards, take a tour of the winery and indulge in their exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style blends.

Opus One: A collaboration between Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One is an iconic winery known for its elegant wines that rival the finest wineries in France. Book a tour and tasting to discover their meticulously crafted blends that embody the spirit of both Old World and New World winemaking.

Far Niente: Prepare to be enchanted by Far Niente's historic stone winery in Oakville. Known for their exceptional Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery offers intimate tours, tastings and a glimpse into their beautifully restored underground cellars.

Promontory: For a truly exclusive experience, visit Promontory, a hidden gem producing limited quantities of superb Bordeaux-style wines. The breathtaking estate and extraordinary vineyards create an ambiance that's hard to forget.

Joseph Phelps: Set in the scenic Stags Leap District, Joseph Phelps Vineyards showcases stunning views and an outstanding wine portfolio. Their Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon is a must-try, and their tastings provide a deep dive into their winemaking process.

Silver Oak: Known for their exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Oak offers a high end tasting experience in a more casual and lively atmosphere than most of the other upscale wineries. Enjoy their iconic wines while admiring the vineyard views from their modern tasting patio in Oakville.

Places to eat & drink in Napa Valley

Eating al fresco in Napa Valley.

Lunch

Gott's Roadside: Located in St. Helena, Gott's Roadside is a local institution serving gourmet fast food burgers made with local and organic ingrediens. These may be the best burger of your life and their famous homemade organic milkshakes are life changing.

The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil: Indulge in a leisurely lunch and choose between either the more casual restaurant or the luxurious Michelin-starred restaurant. Both occupy two sides of a spectacular outdoor patio overlooking scenic valley views. Savor Mediterranean-inspired cuisine paired with a glass of chilled white wine.

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch: This farm-to-table restaurant in St. Helena offers a rustic and charming setting. Relish their seasonal dishes crafted from ingredients grown on their own organic farm.

Oakville Grocery: Located in the heart of Napa Valley, Oakville Grocery is a historic landmark and a foodie's paradise. Grab a gourmet sandwich, artisanal cheese or a selection of local snacks for a picnic on the go.

Dinner

Bouchon: Elevate your evening with a visit to Bouchon, a renowned French bistro in Yountville. Chef Thomas Keller's culinary expertise shines through their classic French dishes, creating a memorable dining experience.

Restoration Hardware: Immerse yourself in a unique ambiance at Restoration Hardware's stunning rooftop restaurant in Yountville. Enjoy delectable American cuisine while surrounded by stylish decor and beautiful vineyard views.

Solbar: Situated in Calistoga's Solage Resort, Solbar offers an exquisite dining experience with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Their innovative dishes, vibrant cocktails and relaxed atmosphere make for a delightful evening.

The Charter Oak: Experience the charm of a modern farmhouse at The Charter Oak in St. Helena. Their family-style menu features dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, creating a warm and convivial atmosphere.

Press: Located in St. Helena, Press is a contemporary steakhouse that offers exceptional dry-aged steaks and a comprehensive wine list. Their stylish setting and outstanding service make for an unforgettable dining experience.

Travel Advisor Eileen Maralian with a black patterned dress in front of the Eiffel tower.

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