There is so much you can do in Napa Valley, so much so that it can be a bit overwhelming when you only have a weekend to conquer it all. The good news is that if you live in So Cal, a flight to Napa is a quick hour away and you can always come back so don't stress if you only squeeze in a few wineries. I made my trip into a girl's getaway with a good friend of mine and we had the best time exploring, eating and drinking! We visited a small family owned organic winery that we fell in love with called, Tres Sabores (Three Flavors). The owner was on site and fed us fresh pomegranates from her farm and shared with us her story of how she became a winemaker. In speaking with the locals, we learned how important it is to visit the Napa/Sonoma area right now due to the recent fires in those areas. All the wineries are open for business and it's just as beautiful as ever. Unfortunately, there were some wineries and many homes that were lost in the fire but that is why they need tourism more than ever. In such a terrifying and tragic time, it was heartwarming learning the stories of how the community came together to support one another. I highly recommend visiting the smaller wineries for a more intimate tour and opportunity to speak with the locals.
Napa valley is not only known for their amazing wines but also for phenomenal food and amazing chefs. As one local told us, you can't have a restaurant in Napa and stay in business if the food isn't 5 star... it just won't survive. With that in mind, we drove around looking for the cutest place we could find and stumbled across Archetype. From the street, there is a garden-like entrance and a fireplace burning with small bistro tables in front for those willing to brave the cold. Since we are from sunny Orange County, we definitely voted to sit inside where we were greeted by more fireplaces and a fresh neutral palette with greenery everywhere. Not only was our food delicious but our eyes feasted on the fresh and inviting design.
I don't think Napa can be conquered in a weekend but I do think you can get a lot more done than you think and have an amazing time!