|Subject: California Wine Country|
Here's some great things to stay, eat and do. Also with the doing is a
fantastic sight seeing The Wine Plane , various sight seeing excursions
over the wine country as well as San Francisco Bay, from 30 min to an hour.
Look up their site at http://www.wineplane.com Sandy from LA
Best Town To Stay In: Yountville. It is in the middle of the wine country and a very picturesque little town.
Yountville Inn, 6462 Washington St., Yountville; 800-972-2293. http://www.yountvilleinn.com Double $14-$285. Luxuriously appointed rooms, custom furnished with fireplaces. Complimentary continental breakfast.
Napa Valley Lodge, 2230 Madison St., Yountville; 800-368-2468, http://www.woodsidehotels.com (if can't reach try http://www.woodsidehotels.com); $212-$525. Features Tuscany-style architecture, gracious hospitality and relaxed sophistication with luxuriously appointed guest rooms overlooking flower-filled gardens. Private balcony or terrace, some rooms with fireplaces and vaulted ceilings.
Napa Valley Railway Inn, 6503 Washington St., Yountville; 707-944-2000. Only 9 units. Double $75-$130. Consists of turn-of-the-century railroad cars, three cozy cabooses and six spacious railcars restored to their original glory. Interiors furnished to suggest opulence of the era with contemporary amenities. Each suite has a brass bed, sitting room with loveseat and a full bath.
Petit Logis, 6527 Yount St., Yountville; 707-944-2332; 5 units. Double $135-$175 (special winter rates). Each large room has a different dÈcor, all have hand painted wall murals and include a fireplace, large bathroom with a double Jacuzzi tub and private patio; full breakfast included.
Maison Fleurie, 6529 Yount St., Yountville; 7007-944-2056; 800-788-0369. 13 rooms. Double $110-$260. Luxurious haven of French country romance features two-foot thick brick walls, terra cotta tile all reminiscent of an elegant farmhouse in Province. Has a swimming pool and outdoor spa and spacious landscaped gardens. A gourmet breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeurves are served daily.
Beazley House, 1910 First St., 800-559-1649; 11 units, double $125-250. In a shingle style/colonial revival mansion built in 1902. Has six guest rooms, all with private baths The carriage house behind mansion has been reproduced and has 5 rooms with bath, fireplaces and private, two-person spas. Full breakfast served.
Best Western Elm House, 800 California Blvd., 707-255-1831, 17 units. Double $99-$199. In a residential area just off Hwy 29. Modern, soundproof guest rooms decorated in pine and attractive fabrics.
Cedar Gables Inn, 486 Coombs St., 800-309-7969; 6 rooms, $139-$239. http://www.cedargablesinn.com Styled after the 16th century English country manor. Furnished with antiques and some have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. All have private baths. Each evening a spread of fruit, cheeses and wine are served and a full breakfast is served in the cheerful sunroom.
Discovery Inn, 500 Silverado Trail, 707-253-0892, 15 units, $50-$125. On highway 121, near downtown Napa. Newly remodeled rooms.
Yountville Most of the good restaurants are in Yountville.
French Laundry, chef won every possible food award to win. Extremely expensive, but worth it!
Domaine Chandon, 1 California Dr. 707-944-8844. Offers classic French and Champagne cuisine. Only winery with first class restaurant on site. Expensive, but worth it!
Pacific Blues Cafe, 6795 Washington St., 707-944-4455. Moderate. Very good food.
The Diner, for great breakfasts and Mexican food.
Mustards Grill, 7399 St. Helena Hwy. 707-944-2424. Great food, especially if you like spicey food, good service at moderate prices.
CafÈ Lucy - Le Petit Bistro, 1408 Clay St. 707-255-0110. Good food at reasonable prices.
If this is your first time to Napa the best winery to start with is Robert Mondavi, and take their tour; their Saturday tour is the best. On Hwy 29.
Sequoia Grove, has good wines, also on Hwy 29
Niebaum-Coppolla, Very good wines, also on Hwy 29
Peju Province, on Hwy 29 near Coppolla winery. Ask to taste their expensive ($35 a bottle) merlot (if you like not too dry red wine). The finest I have ever tasted!!!!
Berringer, good wine in the inexpensive line of wines.