Enjoy Divine Napa Valley Dining and Wineries
Day 1 - Exploring Downtown Napa
Day 2 - Upvalley Cuisine
- Begin your culinary experience by enjoying the Inn's Gourmet breakfast.
- Make your way down First Street and stop into Ceja Tasting Room for some great Carneros Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. There is always a Ceja family member there to greet you as you walk in the door!
- Then drop in at Vintner's Collective off of Main & Clinton and experience some fabulous small production wines exclusively from Napa & Sonoma counties boutique wine makers.
- Further down First Street you will discover the Ox Bow Public Market – a one of a kind culinary destination in the heart of downtown Napa. From wine merchants and food purveyors to hand made chocolates –treat your taste buds to all there is to offer! If the weather is nice you can enjoy an al fresco lunch on the patio as you watch the Napa River float by.
- As you make your way back toward the Inn be sure to go over to the historic Hatt Market Place and Mill to view some of the top emerging Northern California Wine Country artists at M J Schaer Gallery. Works include traditional and contemporary paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and mixed medium depicting landscapes, food, and wine, still life, figurative and abstract.
- Join us back at the Inn at 5:30 p.m. for wine and hors d'oeuvres before you head out to dinner and indulge in the various delights of Elements Restaurant & Enoteca, a hip and contemporary dining experience that offers small plates with a Mediterranean flare.
- After breakfast, drive up valley to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (CIA)
which will be on your left, on the immense property that once was the Christian Brothers Monastery.
- Tour the grounds and wander through halls of the school itself
or take part in cooking demonstrations. Sample the "chef's daily tastings" with your lunch at the Wine Spectator Greystone restaurant.
- Be sure to browse through the gourmet store as well.
- After lunch, travel back down Hwy 29 stopping at Dean & Deluca to shop
for unique culinary gadgets and sample some of their gourmet wine country
- Stop in at the St. Helena Olive Oil Co. to try your palate at olive oil tasting and
another opportunity to take home a few more culinary delectables.
- A true culinary adventure wouldn't be complete without
experiencing the world renowned cuisine of Thomas Keller at
French Laundry. (Hint: Reservations must be made exactly two months
in advance; start calling at 10am sharp!) However, if you are unable
to get reservations there, try Keller's other restaurant Bouchon, where you
will enjoy less formal French fare.
- Once back at the Inn indulge in a night cap of port and home-baked chocolate chip cookies before heading off to bed.