If you’re lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, then you know that you’re just a hop, skip and a jump away from Napa Valley Wine Country. Or should I say “shake, rattle and roll” after the 6.0 earthquake at 3:20am on August 24, 2014. One of our favorite getaways is the quaint town of Yountville. We decided to drive up for the day to celebrate a special anniversary. Yountville is a great walking town – park your car and spend the day hanging out and exploring the area. A popular foodie and wine destination, Yountville is known for its eclectic gourmet restaurants (including the world-famous French Laundry), fun bars, luxurious spas, boutique wineries and tasting rooms, upscale art galleries and trendy shopping.
It’s harvest season in Napa Valley – what better time of year to visit California’s beautiful wine country. The “crush” (when the grapes are picked) typically runs from late-August to October. As Bay Area locals, this is one of our our favorite times to play tourist for the day and drive up to Napa from San Francisco – it’s only about an hour north of the city, so it makes a great day trip.
With so many wineries and restaurants to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming which ones to visit, especially if you only have one day to see everything. Here are a few of our recommendations for a fun day of wine-tasting, touring, and eating your way through Napa Valley 🙂