So why the question mark after Napa Valley? Well for anyone who knows me well, they know I am not much of a wine drinker! Craft beer, absolutely.. whisky, yes please! Wine, well maybe! However I love the idea of going to Napa Valley! The family histories of the vineyards, the scenery, the ideal “girls trip” or romantic get-away, all place the Napa Valley on my bucket travel list.
I planned my trip out in the Spring of 2019. I love the idea of spring travel as the world is waking up, and everything is coming up new again. The crispness in the air makes the experience enjoyable, and even though it is a bit of a crowded time in Napa Valley, the idea of it bustling bring some excitement too.
What I know about the Napa Valley that are must do’s are a train ride, Calistoga Hot Springs and a Hot Air Balloon Ride with brunch. However I wasn’t sure what exactly to do in Napa, so I did what anyone would do and googled it! I actually found The Perfect Napa Valley Itinerary for First-Time Visitors., which included all I thought I needed to do!
I adjusted it a little bit, but stuck with their ideas for each day.
Day 1- Fly into San Francisco, pick up the rental car and drive to Napa Valley where I would stay in a Bed and Breakfast or AirBnB.
Day 2- Enjoy the 6 hour Napa Valley Rail Legacy Tour which features 3 Wineries and a 4-course Napa Style dinner. ($332/pp)
Day 3- Today is a day of self tour and relaxation. After spending the morning and part of the afternoon exploring the “valley” and several boutique wineries, end the day with a massage and dip in the mineral pools of the Calistoga Spa ($140/pp). After your treatment enjoy a nice dinner before heading back to the lodging in Napa.
Day 4- Begin early this morning with a Hot Air Balloon Ride over Napa Valley, followed by brunch. Then leisurely make your way back to San Fransisco for the afternoon and evening.
Day 5- Return home.
This itinerary runs about $1700/person, which includes flights and all of the options above. It does not include individual fee’s at Wineries, cost of food, or additional wine you must buy while you are there! A lot of fun will be had, and great memories will be made!!
Trip 9 is proving to include some great experiences and memories! Now I just need to figure out a funding source to make all of these dreams a reality!