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Napa in May

aeneid Jan 18, 2014 08:24 AM

Have 6 days. What do y'all consider "don't miss"?

Thank you so much.

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    willyum Jan 20, 2014 11:07 AM

    Maybe I'm the only one, but six days in Napa seems like a long time.

    It's basically a relatively small farming area and after you've hit a couple of dining hotspots and toured a few wineries, which you can do in a couple of days, you might start wondering what else there is to do.

    For me, two nights and three days is enough. We'll be up there soon, dinner at French Laundry and one more less posh place plus 4-6 wineries whose wines are carried by our local merchant, then for dining the next two nights we're heading south to the bright lights for Atelier Crenn and Manresa.

    Maybe it's just me, but six days in Napa seems like a loooong time.

    1. d
      Dugan Jan 20, 2014 08:45 AM

      A recent lunch at the Napa Valley Bistro was quite good. The price is reasonable, good service, large menu and free street parking nearby. The lamb burger is noteworthy.

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        jaiko Jan 19, 2014 12:36 PM

        - Solbar/Calistoga
        - Etoile/Yountville (but we love French, and this is the closest to the long-gone La Bourgogne we've found)
        - Beignets at Ca'Momi/Oxbow Market
        - "Loose Goose" liver mousse at Dean & DeLuca; my DH matches it with Brie and I use St. Andrew
        - Bouchon Bakery has the third-best croissants we've tried in Northern CA; best in the wine country area. Their caneles are pretty good, again the best in the area altho not the best in Northern CA

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        1. re: jaiko
          aeneid Jan 20, 2014 06:48 AM

          Thank you.

          The list is building….

          Any picnic locations?

          1. re: jaiko
            headRN Jan 21, 2014 07:15 PM

            Who has the first and second best croissants?

            1. re: headRN
              jaiko Jan 22, 2014 05:23 PM

              Sorry - I had listed them before, but that was on another thread.

              We rate Sofitel Hotel/Redwood City as first. We've gotten them hot out of the oven and they literally made us swoon. We always thought they were the best but it's a long way to travel for us so we only hit them occasionally.

              But on our last trip, we were just there at the right time. They had run out, and the waitress said more were coming out of the oven in 10 minutes if we wanted to wait. Silly question [grin] - we drank more coffee and holy cow, in 45 yrs of eating all around the Bay Area we have never had anything better than those beauties!

              Plus, when you order coffee with your Continental breakfast (the regular food is so-so), you get your own individual 4-cup French Press full of strong French Roast coffee. We were happily bouncing off the walls afterwards, LOL - it isn't every day two of us knock down eight cups of coffee before 11 a.m.

              Second place goes to Parker-Lusseau in Monterey. M. Lusseau is a brilliant baker and a sweetheart as well. We hit town, order a full load of quiches, cakes, breakfast pastries, and pick everything up on the way out a couple of days later. PL is so popular now, they open at 7am and sell out by 8:30am.

              BTW, my apologies on the above original post I did - I realized too late I typed St. Andrew instead of St. Andre.....!

          2. CarrieWas218 Jan 18, 2014 11:59 PM

            - Meadowood for EXPENSIVE; one, blow-out meal.
            - Grace's Table for where the locals eat (go between 3:00 and 6:00 and fill up on half-price appetizers for a small-plates meals)
            - Boon Fly for brunch (must order doughnuts)
            - Oxbow Market (wander and nosh)

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            1. re: CarrieWas218
              aeneid Jan 19, 2014 08:03 AM

              Thank you. They are all on my "master list".

              Any vineyards you like?

              1. re: aeneid
                CarrieWas218 Jan 19, 2014 11:16 AM

                Almost anything on a mountain-top...

                You have six days? Take the time to make appointments on Spring and Howell Mountains - get off the main drag and you won't be disappointed.

                Also, other eateries (since I'm now on a real keyboard):
                - Zuni for small plates
                - Torc (haven't eaten there yet, but getting great reviews)
                - Goose & Gander in St. Helena

                1. re: CarrieWas218
                  bobpantzer Jan 19, 2014 11:52 AM

                  Did you mean Zuzu?

                  1. re: bobpantzer
                    CarrieWas218 Jan 19, 2014 03:17 PM

                    Yeah.... (fighting a cold and not firing on all pistons! Thanks for catching that....)

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