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Jul 23, 2011 07:11 AM

Help with my 50th Birthday Celebration in Napa/Sonoma

I will be traveling with my wife and two other couples to Napa/Sonoma in October to celebrate my 50th birthday. My birthday falls on Wed. the 19th, and I want to plan a fun night out with great food/wine/cocktails. I don't need the most expensive eatery in the valleys, but cost is generally not an issue. I was thinking a guy spa day pampering myself, followed by cocktails, wine, food and general 50th birthday party debauchery in a festive atmosphere. Any suggestions?

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  1. Where will you be staying? My first thought was Morimoto, Napa.

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    1. re: ceekskat

      I'm not sure where we are staying. My wife is planning the trip and wants to keep the details a surprise. I only know that we will be in wine country for the week. I imagine we will probably hire a car and driver the night of my birthday, so reasonable driving distances will be ok.

      1. re: cabanaboy

        Not sure how high end you want to go (don't know what the rooms rates are, these days)... Meadowood is a country club/resort as well as the restaurant. They have nice rustic cottages, 9 hole executive golf, spa, pool, tennis, etc. You could do the sports/pool/spa thing, rest up and just walk up to the restaurant, very genteel and relaxing.

        It's a bit more secluded and quiet, and I know that some people prefer more of a buzz. But I did see the Beckhams there last Dec. Otherwise, I would head up to Calistoga as Ruth mentioned below.

      2. I'd head for Calistoga it's the quintessential spa town and Solbar is one of the best restaurants in the valley (one Michelin star). Plus the north end of the valley is prettier and a little more peaceful than the area around the city of Napa.

        755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          One of your days you could start in Sonoma Valley with Fairmont Spa which has special men's treatments.

          Heading back to the square, Sonoma has figured out how to convert small cottages/storefronts into some great tasting rooms, so you can minimize driving time. Cellar Door, Sonoma Enoteca, Roessler Cellars (Yum) and others in close proximity to Sonoma Plaza.

          If you stay in Sonoma, I would dine at Cafe La Haye, El Dorado Kitchen or Girl and the Fig. Check out the menus. If you like contemporary Portugese food there is La Salette which is delightful.

          Have fun - a whole week of celebrating, way to go!

          Cafe La Haye
          140 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

          Sonoma Enoteca
          35 E Napa St, Sonoma, CA

          Sonoma Plaza
          475 1st St W, Sonoma, CA