In June we did a 3 day weekend trip to the wine country in Napa and Sonoma. For those of you that have been there during the summer you know that it can get pretty crowded and traffic is congested. We planned this trip where we could get to the wineries in Napa and Sonoma but afterward get away from the crowds and traffic to relax.
The Silverado Country Club is located off the Silverado Trail on the eastern side of Napa. They offer accommodations ranging from rooms to condominiums with both offering packages that include the spa, golf or tennis. What I like about staying there is you have the benefits of staying in a hotel (restaurants, lounge, pool, etc) but with the feel of staying in a resort. The property is spread out and not centrally located in one building with long hallways. There are a lot of open areas with a nice peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. If you just want to relax you can spend the entire stay there playing golf or tennis, having a spa treatment or sitting by the pool. If you are going with another couple I would also suggest staying in one of their condominiums. We had separate rooms this time and at night would sit outside and drink wine we purchased during wine tasting that day.
If you want to get out, Napa is right there. We went to dinner one night at a wonderful restaurant, Pear, along the Napa River. The downtown area of Napa is along the Napa River and offers many eating options as well as shopping. For wine tasting there is the Silverado Trail which offers many wineries prominent in California wine history. You can also cut across Napa and head north up the Napa Valley or drive over to Sonoma. On Sunday we had a great lunch at Chandon. Chandon is still one of my favorite places to eat in Napa Valley. We also took a drive to Sonoma for a day of shopping and wine tasting. Sonoma is less than an hour away.
|Napa along the Napa River|
|Etoile Restaurant at Chandon|
Staying in Yountville, St. Helena or Calistoga is nice but can get pretty crowded during the summer. This offers you a relaxing option. The Silverado Trail doesn’t get the traffic that you get on the other side of the valley. However, you are close to Napa and Sonoma.