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May 17, 2011 11:04 AM


Reading other posts and replies I was encouraged to write this post, although they provide extremely valuable information they fail to address my particular needs.

We are honeymooning in San Francisco, Fairmont July 2nd and 3rd, and would love to find amazing restaurants that are spectacular but are somewhat reasonable.

Then we are heading to the Westin in Napa from July 4th to 6th.
We love Shafer and Pride Cabs and Ridge Zin Blends and any good Champagne. Since we are unaware of local traffic, if wineries are open on July 4th, we desperately need help planning an itinerary for our short stay - 3 full days. We also love finding the newest hot boutique wineries.

We are thinking of visiting Shafer, Stags Leap, Caymus and the ending each day with Domaine Chandon, Schramberg or Mumm. While not forgetting Pride, Forman, Joseph Phelps and Ridge.

If you can also suggest some great markets and spots to picnic or grab lunch, and have romantic dinners that would be fantastic.

Thank you so very much!!

Mitchell & Stacie

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  1. Just a suggestion about July 4th in Napa (from a local). Fireworks are launched at dark to be visible from the party that goes on downtown that day at Veteran's Park. You can walk to the 3rd street bridge from the Westin (the bridge is closed to cars for the event between Soscol and Main streets and a good place to watch from), or better yet rent kayaks and watch the fireworks from the river. On the river is much more romantic than on the bridge. The last few years it has been really cold and foggy on the 4th.

    1. Oxbow is a few blocks away from the Westin and you can pick up picnic provisions at The Model Bakery and Fatted Calf. There is also a cheese shop but I don't remember the name. Some of the wineries that you mention require reservations. Joseph Phelps has picnic tables with views of the vineyards.

      I love Mumm's but they will be crowded. I think you'll enjoy Schramberg as well, but I'm not that big a fan of Chandon.

      I would look them up on the map and plan your days accordingly; going along the Silverado Trail one day and perhaps Hwy 29, another. They are the main north-south roads and are parallel to each other. Just be aware that 29 can be Verry Slow on a holiday.

      For example, Shafer, Phelps and Mumm can all be grouped together, as they are along Silverado Trail.

      Hope this helps...

      Fatted Calf
      644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

      Model Bakery
      610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559