Lavender Inn: French Country Hotel in Yountville

If you are looking for a relaxed and beautiful spot to stay in Yountville, then look no further then the Lavender Inn. This historic house has a half dozen rooms built on the property and is a fun bed and breakfast only a stones throw from both the famous French Laundry and downtown Yountville itself. […]

Redd Wood: Stellar Wood-Fired Pizza in Yountville

Redd Wood is the second of two restaurants by acclaimed Chef Richard Reddington in Yountville. The other is simply called Redd and features upscale regionally inspired cuisine with ethnic influences. Redd Wood is an Italian eatery that features wood-fired pizza and is the subject of this post. It is a great spot for lunch or […]

Hot Air Balloon Ride with Napa Valley Aloft in Yountville

While in Yountville, one of the activities that I really wanted to do was riding a hot air balloon over the valley. I found a company called Napa Valley Aloft and booked tickets for a sunrise ride with my wife and I. It was a great experience with beautiful views and a unique perspective, here […]

French Laundry Gardens in Yountville

When you talk to foodies about the best spots to eat in California, the French Laundry from chef Thomas Keller is among the most coveted dining experiences in the state. The restaurant itself has a prefix menu that is $300 plus a person, and it books out 6-8 months in advance. I have never eaten […]

Gott’s Roadside: Fantastic Quick Stop in Napa Valley

When driving through Napa Valley, South of St. Helena, you have no doubt seen Gott’s Roadside. This spot harkens to the days of old when you would find these types of places strewn all over roadsides across America. This location has been here since 1949 as well and it is incredibly popular. You should know before […]

Calistoga Food Guide: Where to Eat Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert

In the Northern part of Napa Valley, sits the small town of Calistoga. This town is brimming with hot springs, culture and unique spots to check out such as the castle winery, petrified forest and the old faithful geyser. While spending a weekend here you would be remiss if you didn’t set aside time to […]

Phifer Pavitt Winery in Calistoga: The Most Beautiful Tasting Room You Will Ever See

When in the Napa Valley there is no shortage of massive wineries that you can visit. I even heard that there are over 500 in the valley itself now. The large wineries have a ton to offer, such as places like Castello di Amorosa (the castle winery). However, you miss out on some of the […]

Jericho Canyon Vineyard: Caves and ATV Tours at a Calistoga Winery

Much like Phifer Pavitt, another small boutique winery in Calistoga, Jericho Canyon Vineyards is an appointment only winery that will give you a new appreciation for the work that wine makers do. With its labyrinth of caves, watchdog Molly that “patrols” the interior and its sublime tiered vines, this is one of those spots that […]

Castello di Amorosa: The Castle Winery of Napa Valley

As the most visited winery in California, Castello di Amorosa is like an adult Disneyland in the North part of Napa Valley. This 107 room castle that took over 15 years to make is an incredible spot to visit and the hour and a half tour that takes you all over the castle is a […]

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Hotel Review

During a recent trip to Napa Valley, I got the pleasure of staying in the beautiful small town of Calistoga. This town is built on a series of underground geothermal areas which lead to the creation of places like the Old Faithful Geyser, Indian Springs and the Calistoga Hot Springs becoming attractions. I was able […]