Weekend in Napa

Weekend Getaways with Leora Hasas and Abby TegneliaSometimes the best part about living in frenetic Las Vegas is how easy it is to get out of town for weekend getaways. Yet, in all of my years here (five, off and on), I’d never been to Napa. On a recent weekend, I changed that, heading to northern California with my friend Leora.

After the easiest Southwest flight, I landed in San Francisco for a night on the town. We met up with one of my favorite travel bloggers/photographers/writers, Kristin Luna, of Camels and Chocolate. For some reason, the only pictures we took were on my BlackBerry, which later died. Spending more time with this talented, amazing girl is the top reason I want to go back to SF soon!

The next morning, Leora and I took off for Napa, giddy as two schoolgirls. We jumped out of our car at the Golden Gate bridge, running around with our cameras and making other tourists take a million pictures of us until we got that perfect one (see above!).

Weekend getaways Napa

The drive was short and easy, and we arrived at Oxbow Public Market (food, wine, cupcakes, cheese) for lunch. We headed right for the Hog Island oysters and pulled up a chair at the bar. We swallowed down some champagne and a dozen of the most delicious oysters we’d ever had, shucked right in front of us.


Next we drove the rural, scenic Silverado Trail, stopping in a few wineries, including Stag’s Leap and Casa Nuestra. We didn’t linger long though – we were eager to get to Yountville. We checked into our room at Napa Valley Lodge, which we loved. The rooms were spacious, and it was close enough to walk to wineries like Jessop Cellars, our favorite. That night, we took the old-fashioned trolley to Ad Hoc for dinner. The farm-to-table hotspot famously serves one meal a night. We were in love. The “simple” salad, meat and potatoes were some of the best we’d ever had. Really, the ingredients were so fresh and tasty, it was all we talked about for the entire two-hour meal.

After such an amazing dinner, and just enough wine to make us sleepy, we headed back to the hotel to jump in the hot tub. Needless to say, we both slept like babies that night! In the morning, we headed to Redd for brunch. We shared the prosciutto breakfast pizza, with arugula, screambled eggs and crème fraiche, which was almost magical. The food in Napa almost outshines the wine. It’s that good!

Our trip was over way too fast, as we both had to fly home Sunday for work. Now, I’m dying to go back. It was such an easy, relaxing trip that I can’t believe we don’t go more often.

Weekend getaways wineries

In Napa, you really can’t go wrong. But these are my recommendations:

Oxbow Public Market: 610 & 644 First Street, Napa, California

Napa Valley Lodge: 2230 Madison Street, Yountville, CA 94599, 888-944-3545

Ad Hoc: 6476 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, 707.944.2487

Redd: 6480 Washington Street, Yountville CA 94599, 707 944.2222

Jessop Cellars: 6740 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599, 707.944.8523

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  1. Abby I am SOOOO jealous. I really want to go to Napa someday.

  2. It’s PERFECT for a foodie like you — you’d love it there!!

  3. Mmmm that food looks delicious! This post has me craving for some wine. I remember the awesome time I had wine tasting in Tuscany. In all my years living in Cali, I never made it to Napa Valley or Lake Tahoe.

    Great pics too!

  4. Sounds like the perfect weekend trip! We only headed to Napa for a day trip when we visited San Francisco and wished we’d stay overnight somewhere to be able to drink more wine & enjoy some of the delicious food… Looks like we need to go back 🙂 P.S. What’s that Welcome Drink in the last picture? Looks delicious.

  5. What a faaaaabulous weekend getaway! Wish I could have joined you gorgeous.

  6. Thanks for the sweet words, Abby! I’m so glad you had time to meet up and that I happened to see/stalk your Tweet about being in San Francisco for the night =) Come back soon, will ya?

  7. This is so lovely! I was in San Francisco, but Napa and surrounding area seems like a trip in itself.

  8. Sounds awesome. Isn’t it weird too how you can travel so much internationally and never make it to those places so close by?

  9. Looks like you ladies had a wonderful time. Love the photo of the Golden Gate bridge how many photos did you take to get the right one?

  10. I LOVE wine country!! Great post. I actually prefer Sonoma/Healdsburg to Napa (snobbier, imho), but the wine can’t be beat anywhere in either area. Yum.

  11. @Lindsay — totally! I need to do more weekend trips. I’m so all or nothing!

    @Kirk — We took a LOT of photos, but at least we only made each fellow tourist do two or three before moving on to the next one. We were such girls!

    @Jobo — I definitely need to hit Sonoma next!

  12. @Hart — That’s how I felt: after all of these years living on the west coast, it was time!!

  13. You didn’t happen to talk to a guy named Bay at Jessop, did you? He’s my cousin, and he works in the tasting room.

    We were recently up in Napa as well visiting my (and Bay’s) family, and it’s such a great spot.

  14. I’d love to get to Napa Valley some day too! It’s funny reading this, I was thinking of Ayngelina so it didn’t surprise me to see her comment first. 🙂

  15. @Emily — no way! We hung out with the whole gang in the tasting room at Jessop, but I don’t remember names. That’s so cool!

    @Dave — this post will always remind me of both you and Ayngelina. You know how I thought it was soo weird to take pictures of my food before I met you two. Now, I don’t think twice!

  16. Sometimes a weekend away is as good as a week away (depending on how badly you need it, what you do, and who you’re with). Napa has always sounded so beautiful to me. Even though I don’t like wine.

  17. It’s funny who I have been to SF several times yet never made it to Napa Valley. Your trip is a good reflection of what there is to do, and my final doubt is perhaps the same as yours: which is better, the wine or food?

  18. Ahhhh, a trip to Napa….what a luxury that seems like these days. LOL. I love love love it up there! Did I ever tell you about dancing in the rain after visiting 5 wineries? I dream of eating at the French Laundry the next time I make it back there. And speaking of you taking more weekend trips…..might I suggest a jaunt to L.A. to visit a little lady named Olivia? We will feed you dumplings, cucumber in magic sauce and wine 🙂

    P.S. I LOVE your new banner. SO cute!!!!

  19. Wine and food… yessssss…. sounds like a dream. I’ve never made it out to Napa for the sole purpose of having a relaxing weekend. I need one ASAP!

  20. What a great weekend. I’m now craving oysters and champagne, but this is not really anything new. Napa is so beautiful and sounds as if you did all the good stuff, just right for a quick getaway!

  21. Mmm, oysters…

    BTW, I love the new header logo.

  22. i wanna go too someday…. must be nice to visit vineyards… and stay there fir a couple of days..

  23. We are heading up to Napa in a few weeks- this sounds perfect!

  24. What a fun girls’ weekend! I love that you gave specific recommendations of restaurants & wineries. Napa Valley is so large and there are SO many wineries that I often don’t know where to start. Since I live in Sacramento, I’m just an hour away…I love going there but don’t do it often enough. Thanks for the inspiration!

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