Planning a trip to Napa

Are you planning a trip to Napa Valley? Hopefully, the itinerary of our trip to Napa will help. If you are looking to go to Napa when they harvest and crush the grapes, September or October are the months to research. Please check with some of your favorite wineries as the timing can vary based on weather conditions that year.

Planning a trip to napa

We arrived at the San Francisco airport and departed for the Simi Winery. Boxed lunches were waiting for us on the bus. The next time I go, I would like to explore San Fran as I hear it is beautiful!

At Simi Winery we had a tour, tasting and dinner al fresco at the winery. It was a delicious grilled meal with wonderful wine. We even got little muffins to take home.

Simi meal
Then, we departed for our hotel, the River Terrace Inn, which is located in downtown Napa.

We had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and departed for the Robert Mondavi Winery.

Robert Mondavi Winery

At the winery we had a tour, tasting and lunch. Ingrid showed us around and was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable and made the tour so fun! The lunch was so delicious.

Our lunch menu is pictured below.

Mondavi luncheon

We even got to see Mrs. Mondavi!

Ms. Mondavi

After Mondavi, we had free time and explored downtown Napa. We loved going in all the little shops and the marketplace.

For dinner, we walked to Morimoto. This is a delicious restaurant. The sushi was amazing.

Early Saturday morning, we departed to Chandon for our balloon ride over Napa Valley.

Ballon in Napa

It was beautiful.

Napa from a balloon

Napa from a hot air balloon

However, after several failed attempts to land, we finally were able to land in a winery just missing the river. The winery wasn’t open yet, so the balloon landing crew that was following our balloon, wasn’t able to reach us to assist with our landing. We aren’t fond of heights and after our landing, I highly doubt we will ever do that again!

Balloon landing

After our two-hour balloon ride (which was only supposed to be 45 minutes), was a relaxing afternoon.  While the some golfed at Chardonnay Golf Club, the others had spa services at Gloria Curry Day Spa. I was treated to a wonderful massage and facial. I got to meet the owner, who gave me a wonderful facial. She even has her on product line, which I tried and enjoyed.

We had breakfast at the hotel and departed for the airport. Napa is such a wonderful place to visit. I only saw a little bit of it, but am in love with their natural and green way of life. Even the airport had a place to do yoga!

Have you visited Napa? What was your favorite part? I would love to hear more about it!

Safe, happy and healthy travels,

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  1. Aliza B says:

    It looks like you had such a nice time. It would have been amazing to take a balloon ride!

    Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Party. I’ve pinned your post to our group board.

  2. Ashley says:

    What an amazing trip! Your balloon ride looks so wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again this week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

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