It was the perfect way to spend the weekend: two full days and 3 nights to spend in Napa in the spring with a rented convertible and the top down all the way to Napa.

Napa was perfect this particular weekend: 80 degrees with blue skies and no humidity. There are the rolling hills as far as the eye can see with grapevines, rose bushes, and all sorts of incredible foliage blooming-be sure to have allergy medicine with you just in case you need it as it is a beautiful assault on your senses.

Choosing one wine area like Napa gives you a real understanding of and appreciation for the area and is more enjoyable and relaxed than trying to squeeze in several cities in one trip.

For a custom wine tour call on Perla Travel Tours.The delightful drivers  take you around to your appointed tastings. Being introduced to private boutique wineries-some open to the public, others so small they are completely private, is a truly amazing experience. Fontanella Family Winery, Porter Family Vineyard, and the Robinson Family Vineyards are the three remarkable boutique wineries I visited while in Napa. There are others to choose from and you can customize your tour. If you want food and wine parings or a wine and chocolate tasting, these can all be arranged.

Artesa Winery sits high and actually into a hilltop, giving visitors breathtaking views of Napa Valley and San Francisco Bay. The Tasting Room had four fine wines for tasting. They offer special events throughout the year so check their website to see what’s happening during the dates you will be in Napa. It is a beautiful winery with amazing views, interesting artwork and décor and fabulous wines.

Eat like the locals for the best cuisine. First on the list: The Restaurant Pearl. It is small and open with the owners, Pete and Nickie Zeller working onsite with Chef Jose Bravo Guzman. Make reservations as this is a favorite for locals and it’s a small, intimate space. The food is fresh and light with artfully prepared plates. Another locals restaurant is Azzuro’s on Main St. downtown. Azzuro’s has a modern décor and the food is served fresh from local sources. Local winery owners are known to frequent this establishment with their families. The vibe is good here.

Downtown Napa offers Oenotri, a delightful restaurant for a light pizza or salad during the day with sparkling water and a glass of wine and to finish it off. Try the Meyer Lemon Granita for the finishing touch. It was the perfect lunch after walking around downtown in the morning.

The Model bakery in downtown Napa is a must visit for breakfast, known to locals for their fresh bread and best English muffin breakfast sandwiches around. They are famous for the English muffins they fry right there on site. On the weekends expect a line out the door, mostly locals but a few lucky visitors, like me, were in the mix and it was worth the wait. Take your yummy breakfast sandwich to go, and walk around the corner to the Oxbrow Market where, among other amazing specialty shops, you will find a wonderful cup of coffee at Ritual Coffee. Visiting downtown Napa is a must. It’s quaint and reflects Napa at its best with numerous Zagat rated restaurants to choose from for lunch or dinner.

If you go:Fly into San Francisco International Airport and rent a car. There is no easy way to get-there you have to drive. The convertible definitely made the drive quite nice.

For hotels, events, restaurants and more information on Napa visit: www.NapaValley.com.

The Model Bakery

Oxbow Public Market

644 1st St., Bldg. B

Napa, CA 94559

www.TheModelBakery.com

Twitter: @ModelBakery

707.259.1128

orders@themodelbakery.com

(2 locations, Napa & St. Helena, CA)

 

Oenotri Restaurant

1424 First Street

Napa, CA 94559

707.252.1022

www.oenotri.com

contact@oenotri.com

 

 

Azzuro’s Pizzeria e Enoteca

1260 Main St.

Napa, CA 94559

707.255.5552

www.azzurropizzeria.com

 

 

The Restaurant Pearl

1339 Pearl St.

Napa, CA 94559

707.224.9161

therestaurantpearl.com

 

 

Perla Luxury Tours

1436 2nd St.

Ste 188

Napa, CA 94559

707.227.8271

www.perlaluxurytours.com

 

 

Artesa Winery

1345 Henry Road

Napa, CA 94559

707.224.1668

www.arteswinery.com

 

Local Eatery Azzurro in Napa Valley

Local Eatery: Azzurro

Spring in Napa Valley

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful.

Spring in Napa Valley

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful.

Family run winery in Napa Valley

Family run winery in Napa Valley

Underground wine tasting room at private winery in Napa Valley

Underground wine tasting room at private winery in Napa Valley

 

Private Winery with underground storage in Napa Valley

Private Winery with underground storage in Napa Valley

Spring in Napa Valley

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful.

Napa Valley Private Winery

Napa Valley Private Winery

Napa Valley Private Winery

Napa Valley Private Winery

Wine Tasting

Napa Valley Private Winery-private wine tasting

Ritual Coffee at downtown Napa Valley

Ritual Coffee at downtown Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel  in Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel  in Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel  in Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel  in Napa Valley

Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

Black Swan at Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

Black Swan at Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

Pearl Restaurant in downtown Napa Valley

Pearl Restaurant in downtown Napa Valley

Artesa Winery Napa Valley

Artesa Winery Napa Valley

Artesa Winery Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Artesa Winery Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Oenotri Restaurant in downtown Napa Valley

Oenotri Restaurant in downtown Napa Valley

Oenotri Restaurant in downtown Napa Valley

Oenotri Restaurant in downtown Napa Valley

Local Eatery in Downtown Napa Valleyt

Local Eatery in Downtown Napa Valleyt

 

Farm fresh vegetables in downtown shopping at Napa Valley

Farm fresh vegetables in downtown shopping at Napa Valley

Downtown Napa Valley Shopping

Downtown Napa Valley Shopping

 

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Great Pizza at Oenotri downtown Napa Valley

Great Pizza at Oenotri downtown Napa Valley

White Swan at Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

White Swan at Embassy Suite Hotel in Napa Valley

Local Restaurant Pearl in downtown Napa Valley

Local Restaurant Pearl in downtown Napa Valley

Local Restaurant Pearl in downtown Napa Valley

Local Restaurant Pearl in downtown Napa Valley

Local Restaurant Pearl in downtown Napa Valley

Local Restaurant Pearl in downtown Napa Valley

 

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

Spring in Napa Valley is beautiful

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