Since we traveled to Napa Valley, California with my family, I’ve been asked many times what wineries we went to and loved, which restaurants were our favorites, where we stayed and how we got around while we were there. So, today I thought I’d share a lot of that with you! My brother and sister-in-law are excellent travel agents for us anytime we travel as a family, which is SO awesome (They’re not actual travel agents, they’re just great at planning trips!).
This trip was a blast. It was wonderful making so many memories with everyone before we started adding kids to the mix. James and I flew out of Indianapolis with my mom and younger brother, John. We met my older brother, Joe, and his wife, Jennifer out there. They started the trip in Oregon and met us in California for 3 nights in Napa.
WHERE WE STAYED
We chose to stay in a VRBO for the 3 nights we were there. We loved that this allowed us a bit more space, a fully stocked kitchen, and the ability for us all to stay in one place. Plus, it was more affordable than hotel options. I can’t find the exact house we stayed in, but it was in St. Helena on a quiet street, which was perfect! It had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a sleeper sofa in the family room. The large kitchen and dining table were great to have! I remember looking at this one and loving it, but it was a tad out of the price range we were trying to stay within. Isn’t it gorgeous though???
We spent two days eating delicious food, tasting incredible wines, and touring the wineries. You’ll find the wineries we went to below. All of them were wonderful and we’d recommend any and all of them!
Restaurants, while typically is something crazy high on our lists, were kind of an after thought in Napa! After tasting wine with crackers, cheeses, and chocolate all day, it was so nice to end each night on a delicious dinner. Most of the time though, we weren’t crazy hungry because we’d done a pretty great job at staying full most of the day! But, we made sure to choose some great restaurants. We were well fed, that’s for sure!
The second day, we rented a limo. Best decision by far! It was SO much fun having us all in the limo, nobody had to worry about driving, the music was great, and we were able to bring snacks and drinks along, too. It was tons of fun. So many memories made in that limo!
On our 4th night, Joe & Jennifer headed home to St. Louis, while my mom, John, James and I stayed in San Francisco. We found a fun hole-in-the-wall bar and then had the most delicious Italian dinner at a place recommended by locals. By the way, always ask locals where the best places to eat are. Travelers will tell you the popular tourist-y spots, but the locals will give you the real deal!
This trip was one for the books. We sure won’t forget it. Making memories like these is what life’s all about, right? It doesn’t always have to be this extravagant. It can be a simple night of wine tasting at home, but doing things to create lasting memories as a family is super important and it can be done so easily!