Today’s post is a bit long but it’s filled with so much information and recommendations of our favorite places we visited in Napa. We ventured to as many spots as we could within the short time period we were there. From wineries and restaurants to the best views in town, here is my must-do list while visiting Napa Valley.
After arriving in Napa, I had a solid list of five or so places I knew I wanted to try, but we had no schedule to follow. Brandon and I decided to fly by the seat of our pants for our entire trip. The Boon Fly Cafe—next to The Carneros Inn—was high on my list after another blogger recommended it to me. We decided to go for a late breakfast and spend that time planning the rest of our day. The building itself looks like a small, red barn and the atmosphere inside is rustic, quaint, and extremely relaxing. The one thing I noticed while visiting restaurants in Northern California, is that the theme of each establishment is executed fantastically. From food to interior design, this place is a must-see, must-eat. P.S. We highly recommend the fresh mini donuts!
Our next stop was Domaine Carneros, which is literally less than three minutes away from Boon Fly Cafe. The exterior of the breathtakingly beautiful château caught our eye when searching online for our next tasting stop. After sipping wine for the last 6+ days we were excited to switch it up with sparkling wine. We tried the Sparkling Wine Sampler which includes four, full glasses of champagne and paired it with the Sparkling Wine Cheese Plate for $36/person. It was delicious and definitely reasonably priced. The estate’s private terrace is so beautiful and inviting with views spanning the Napa countryside—we stayed for hours. Don’t forget to make a tasting reservation though!
At Domaine Carneros we asked our waiter where to go next. We had originally planned on enjoying the rest of our afternoon at Napa Cellars, but like I said, we were in a flexible mood. Per our waiters suggestion of the most amazing views in Napa, we headed to Artesa Winery, which was a quick five minute drive away. As we were headed there, we started driving up a windy road through acres and acres of vineyard. As we got to the top of the hill we immediately understood what our waiter was talking about. The panoramic views are insane—you can literally see for miles. The winery is more commercialized than what I normally pick—I love family-owned, casual spots—but it’s very unique because Artesa is built into a hill. And our tasting waitress made our time extremely memorable. She was so sweet, gave us more recommendations, and even slipped us a few tastings on the house. You have to go for the views!
After Artesa, we drove about 20 minutes North to St. Helena where I made a dinner reservation at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Farmstead is now one of my favorite restaurant at all time. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The food is delicious, the drinks were perfect, and the atmosphere was my favorite: cozy, rustic, and just felt like home. I highly recommend the Grass-fed beef meatballs, Warm burrata with whole roasted garlic, Grilled wild coho salmon and to drink, the St. Helena Breeze or Farmstead Manhattan. If you get the chance to go North to St. Helena or Calistoga, do it! You won’t regret it. Stay tune for my Sonoma recommendations tomorrow!