Planning your Wine Country Ladies Weekend
When it comes to my lady friends, Napa Valley has attractions for all of us. Whether we are spending one last weekend together before the wedding or we just want to celebrate that promotion, we’ve collected some of our favorite Napa Valley spots for your unapologetically fantastic ladies’ weekend.
No ladies trip is complete without enjoying one of the many luxurious spas in Napa Valley. My favorite part of a spa treatment is the pool, steam room and access to amenities both before and after mytreatments. That’s why we love Solage. Hot stones, aromatherapy and advanced skin care keep you relaxed and refreshed. Take a long, wine-soaked lunch at SolBar for the perfect day with your ladies.
Are your ladies more of the down and dirty kind? Would they appreciate an outdoor soak in a hot tub or a mud bath? If so, Calistoga is your town. Enjoy a classic, reasonable restorative mud bath at Indian Springs spa.
If you’re looking for something part way between mud bath and luxury resort, Health Spa Napa Valley is just the spot. Order a light lunch from Pizzeria Tra Vigne to enjoy at the pool with your ladies after your treatments.
Pro Napa Ladies Weekend tip: Book manicures and pedicures for your ladies weekends early – weekends at the few local nail salons fill up fast.
While in America’s wine motherland, it makes sense to partake in the fruit of our labor. For groups, it’s always best to call in advance of your trip. When scheduling, leave extra time both at the winery (no less than 60-90 minutes per location) and plenty of time for travel so the group isn’t hurried.
Headed South from “Upvalley,” visit Clos Pegase, a winery with high quality fruit and outstanding grounds. They’re adept at managing groups and host some of the most beautiful events this side of the Mayacamas.
After your time at Clos Pegase, head up the Eastern side of the valley to Cade, a 100% LEED certified winery for some of the best views in the valley.
After enjoying the pure design luxuriousness of Cade, head back to the valley floor to enjoy some delicious sparkling wine at Mumm Napa – no ladies weekend is complete without bubbles!
Some more experiential tasting experienced include the bottle blending seminar at Conn Creek. Learn about how wines from different vineyards and varietals can be blended to create your perfect travel souvenir.
As well, the organic gardens at Frogs Leap Vineyards can accommodate gorgeous garden tastings for groups up to 14. A deliciously healthy way to wrap up your wine tasting day.
Pro tip: Hire a driver, the cost isn’t unreasonable compared to the cost of tipsy driving and the serious risk of a DUI.
Although many wineries offer cheese and chocolate pairing plates, as your weekend goes on, you’re going to need some food. We may be biased, but we truly believe America’s best food is within these 30 square miles. Capture some of Thomas Keller’s magic at Bouchon Bistro or Ad Hoc. The service is always impeccable and the food innovative and comforting.
The cuisine at Michael Chiarello’s restaurant Bottega could inspire the most jaded palates with fresh takes on classic Italian cuisine. Don’t forget the burrata (never forget the burrata).
For the best view in the valley, nothing beats the terrace at Auberge du Soleil’s bistro and bar. Fancy cocktails, a remarkable wine list and some of the valley’s best cuisine make it a must for your trip.
Pro tip: Consider a private dining experience for your group – you pick the menu and the costs can be divided ahead of time.
Are you planning your Napa Valley ladies weekend?
Ask any questions in the comments – we love to share the delicious of wine country – all in the name of friendship!