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Girlfriend getaway Labor Day weekend specials

Get on board for a fun afternoon with your girlfriends
Get on board for a fun afternoon with your girlfriends
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This year, make Labor Day for the Ladies. Especially you moms, who all have experienced your own labor day. For the long weekend, many wonderful places are hosting Labor Day specials. Here is a list of the top picks:

Venue: The Westin Verasa Napa
Address: 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 95449
Availability/Hours: Sunday, August 31 to Monday, September 1; Three-night minimum for Labor Day Weekend bookings
Cost: Rooms begin at $506 per night
For Reservations: Call (888) 627-7169

Located on the bank of the Napa River, The Westin Verasa Napa serves as an ideal destination for girlfriends looking to get away this Labor Day to experience the best of the Wine Country and celebrate the start of a successful harvest. Blocks from the famed Silverado Trail with more than 40 wineries and businesses and within walking distance of 15 of the Valley’s tasting rooms, The Westin Verasa offers easy access to Napa Valley’s premier wine attractions.

For ladies interested in an aerial view of harvest, the Hot Air Balloon Package offers one ticket per night per paying guest with Napa Valley Balloons. Accompanied by lunch at BANK Café and Bar and sparkling wine from Napa Valley with truffles for two, this package offers personalization to visitors’ Labor Day Weekend experience in Napa.

Region: Sonoma Valley
Availability/Hours: Labor Day Weekend – Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1
For Information: Call 866-996-1090

Along with being named the happiest place in California, Sonoma County was voted the number one wine destination in the U.S. Start your girlfriend getaway in Sonoma Plaza, the #1 attraction to visit in Sonoma, or expand your horizons. Sonoma Plaza's central location makes it an ideal base from which to explore Sonoma Valley, neighboring wine regions, the Sonoma Coast and Bay Area at large.

The Plaza's old adobe storefronts, meandering alleyways, sunlit courtyards and historic landmarks hum with an eclectic mix of restaurants, hotels, tasting rooms, cafes, artisan boutiques, galleries—even a vintage movie house. As for the nature lover, wildflower hikes and hilltop vistas abound within just a short distance. Anchoring it all is the tranquil Plaza itself, whose vast green stretches of lawn and immense tree canopy create a lush setting for picnics, cultural activities and weekly farmers markets.

Spend the days hiking Jack London State Historic Park, exploring the Wildwood Farm Sculpture Garden, relaxing at the Garden Spa at McArthur Place or shopping for antiques at Sonoma Country Antiques. Fill the evenings with classic films at Sebastiani Theatre, epicurean classes at Ramekins Culinary School, or dining at the renowned the girl & the fig.

Venue: Napa Valley Wine Train
Address: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, CA 95449
Availability/Hours: Labor Day – Monday, September 1, 2014
Lunch Train – Guests arrive at 10:30 a.m.; Boarding begins at 11 a.m.; Guests return at 2:30 p.m.
Dinner Train – Guests arrive at 5:30 p.m.; Boarding begins at 6 p.m.; Guests return at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Prices range from $109 - $249 for lunch trains and $119 - $189 for dinner trains
For Reservations: Call 800-427-4124

Celebrate Labor Day with gourmet dining, locally-produced wines, and views of Napa during harvest season aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Lunch and dinner trains offer an engaging and memorable experience that echo the glory days of train travel. Girlfriends can experience a relaxing three-hour, 36-mile round-trip journey from Napa’s historic downtown through the Napa Valley to St. Helena.

Along the way, you will learn about the Napa Valley’s acclaimed offerings and history while rolling past stunning scenery and enjoying a multi-course lunch or dinner menu from Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald featuring local, seasonal menu items prepared on board. The Wine Train also features Napa's most unique tasting bar, which is stocked with 20-30 boutique Napa Valley wines. At the tasting bar, guests can sample four tastes of wine for $10!

Restaurant Name: Waterbar
Address: 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Availability/Hours: Monday, September 1st ; 11:30am – 9:30pm
For Reservations: Call 415-284-9922
For Labor Day, Waterbar is offering a number of menu items perfect to celebrate the holiday including:
Soft Shell Crab Sandwich - avocado, butter lettuce, artisan bacon, Old Bay chips ($18) trap caught in Crisfield, Maryland Halibut Ceviche - summer melon, jalapeño, basil, hearts of palm ($14) long line caught aboard the “Patriot” near Sitka, Alaska Pan Roasted Golden Tile Fish - Goan style prawn curry, coal roasted eggplant, English peas ($36) hook and line caught near Montauk, New York.

About Waterbar:
Widely regarded as San Francisco’s foremost seafood restaurant -- and offering one of the city’s most extraordinary views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, the famed Ferry Building and the Embarcadero skyline -- Waterbar has set new standards of sustainability, variety, and excellence in the sourcing, preparation and presentation of food from the sea. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Parke Ulrich, Waterbar presents a daily menu of fresh-caught, sustainably raised fish as well as the most expansive selection of oysters on the West Coast, served sparklingly fresh from the famed oyster beds of California, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia and Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Waterbar features a full bar and an extensive wine list culled from the world’s great seafood-centric cultures. Reservations can be made by calling 415-284-9922.

Restaurant Name: EPIC Roasthouse
Address: 369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
Availability/Hours: Monday, September 1st ; 11:30am – 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 9:30pm
For Reservations: or call 415-369-9955

Located on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, EPIC Roasthouse offers “Beyond the Traditional Steak House” dining with excellent views – perfect to celebrate Labor Day! EPIC Roasthouse is offering a number of menu items for guests to enjoy including: Wagyu Hamburger Ground Fresh Daily served with French Fries ($15) Raised by Clydene Bultman on Thompson River Ranch, Marion, Montana. House Made Charcuterie Chef’s Board ($25) Pate de Campagna with Peach Jam ($12) Kampachi Sashimi - Charred Pineapple Relish & Coconut Coulis ($18) Kampachi Caught off the Coast of Kona, Hawaii.

About EPIC: EPIC Roasthouse is a contemporary waterfront steakhouse, featuring interpretations of traditional favorites and more by Chef Parke Ulrich. The menu goes beyond the traditional steakhouse experience, reflecting the diversity of the city of San Francisco with innovative cuisine that offers exciting preparations of steaks, meats, game, poultry, seafood and lighter fare. Handmade cocktails, domestic and imported beers, and a well-selected wine list complement the menu. The restaurant features an intimate upstairs bar and lounge with panoramic views of the city, ferry building and bay featuring the full restaurant menu as well as its own separate bar menu. Reservations can be made by calling 415-369-9955.

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