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Napa Valley


Courtesy of Jeff Auvenshine

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”  ... Benjamin Franklin

We landed in San Francisco around noon, picked up the rental car and headed across the Golden Gate Bridge towards Napa Valley for a weekend of wine tasting. It was my first trip to wine country and just the thought of being there made me happy.

Napa Valley is beautiful even during the winter when the vines are bare. The fields are filled with sunshine better known as mustard plants that brighten your spirits even on a rainy day. I was curious about the history of mustard blooming in the wine fields. While I wasn’t able to find out the facts, there's a myth that during the mission era in California the missionary’s sprinkled mustard seeds along the path providing them a guide between the missions which were, in theory, about a days walk apart.

So, in keeping with my traveling during off-season philosophy, you not only get sunshine on rainy days in wine country, but you can also get some amazing travel deals.

The Silverado Resort offers luxury accommodations. We booked our trip online through Travelzoo and got a $99 nightly rate for a standard room. When we arrived, much to our surprise, we were upgraded to a Junior Suite (fireplace and all) and given complimentary wine tasting passes to four different wineries including the Mondavi winery. Fabulous!

Melissa's eatery picks in Napa:
1. The Oakville Grocery is a quintessential country store that’s been around for over 120 years. It’s charming and is the perfect place to get a snack or to stock up on groceries if you’re staying in a condo.
2. The Grill at Silverado was a lovely place to enjoy appetizers and dinner after a day of wine tasting.
3. The Boone Fly Cafe served a most delicious Kobe beef burger and I hear they offer a great cup of coffee and breakfast breads too.

Thanks for being a faithful reader and have fun on your next weekend travel adventure.


  • Debbra Brouillette - Tropical Travel Examiner 5 years ago

    I totally agree with Ben Frankin's quote... Have been wanting to return to the wine country in California for years. Sounds like you had a great time and the Travelzoo special was quite a bargain! Thanks for the tips in case I make it out there soon.

  • Cheryl Antier 5 years ago

    What a fabulous weekend trip! I love visiting the vineyards here in the south of France, but we keep several bottles of California wine on hand for when we're celebrating American holidays or want to please guests who find American wine 'tres exotic"! Great article, thanks! (By the way, would love to know the names of your favorite wines from the weekend!)

  • Pauline Dolinski 5 years ago

    I love this quote from Franklin, one of the great minds of all time. He would have loved visiting American wine country...along with Thomas Jefferson.

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