Although tourism slows this time of year in Napa, the mustard is blooming and you’ll find great deals, winemakers in tasting rooms, and more easily-made reservations all over the valley. So use the upcoming long weekend to freely revisit your favorite spots and try some new ones. Here's a list of our recommendations for fully enjoying Presidents' Day weekend in the valley.
Skip the cologne, roses and lingerie, and get your sweetie something more creative this V-Day. Here are seven ideas.
Instead of Cologne:
Turn your man into the suave, debonair type you’ve always loved by gifting him with an old-fashioned shaving kit. The straight razor is back in style, but unless he’s a pro, he’ll appreciate this compact shaving set with a pure badger brush, stand, and five-blade, nickel-plated razor. $195 at The Art of Shaving, 287 Geary St., 415-677-0871.
While Poem Cellars keeps things exciting by frequently changing names and blends, you can always count on their wines being big, red, and in short supply. And now the men behind these tasty wines are spicing things up yet again with a challenge for their enthusiasts (it involves a prize)...
Jericho Canyon is located at one of the northernmost points of Napa Valley and worth every minute of the extra drive time. Nestled in the volcanic foothills, where the palisades meet Mount St. Helena, this rocky vineyard is one of the most geographically beautiful wineries in California.
We've been trigger happy for all of Jetsetter's flash sale trips. Partying like a VIP at the Superbowl, channeling Meryl Streep on an African Safari and lounging like a celeb in Palm Springs all sounded pretty nice. And now all of Jetsetter's sales are available 24/7 - so that you book any of their featured trips at any time. It's called Jetsetter 24/7 and they're rolling it out red-carpet style with a series of luxe vacation package giveaways.
Though Palmaz Vineyards isn’t far from downtown Napa, it definitely feels off the beaten path. This might be because it's inside a mountain, with a series of caves housing its winemaking process. It's all very Bat Cave meets James Bond, especially because one of the corridors houses a fleet of historical Porsches, which the Palmaz boys still race.
Visiting a slew of wineries can be fun, but often it's just as enjoyable to relax a bit more and drive a bit less. Ma(i)sonry, just north of the heart of Yountville and located a short walk from Bardessono and Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, is a perfect spot to relax, check out art, and try wines from 15 limited production wineries. The ivy-covered manor is so enjoyable that it was featured in the New York Times Magazine as a must-stop an 11-hour Napa Valley tour.
Still have relatives in town? Just cause there are little kids running around doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day up in the Napa Valley. So load up the fam and head to these Napa Valley wineries that have a little something for everyone.