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posted 07-23-2011 04:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Kmiller,

Check my winery suggestions on the Winery Suggestions part of this board.



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posted 07-18-2011 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kmiller     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all -

Wow - thanks so much for all the info!

Hawkeye – Calistoga looks amazing; however, I think we are leaning towards Yountville because of how centrally located it is. We are definitely going to spend a day there though! Thanks for the map – I am overwhelmed in a good way.

Yes, I am indeed a legal recruiter…anyone can feel free to send me an email. As for your co-board member in Hawaii, I make it a point to try to meet with everyone with whom I work, so a trip to Hawaii would most certainly be in order  (Do they have wineries there? Just kidding).

Molang – I like your itinerary and the way you think! I noticed you mentioned Bouchaine Pinot Noir. Mr. Miller and I recently discovered that delicious wine and enjoyed it immensely…we drank it like water. That is some mighty tasty Pinot.

Now, I also noticed your mentioned tee times. My goodness what are you doing - Shhhhhh. Please. I have been telling Mr. Miller that I’ve heard all the courses in California are terrible; it’s not worth bringing your clubs. He’s been smiling and nodding and pretending to buy some of the BS I’ve been selling. Please don’t make it harder for him – he’s a good man .

Funny you mention ballooning. I noticed that too. It looks like an amazing experience and what a way to see the area! I mentioned this to Mr. Miller one night. (Note that we both have a strong fear of heights. When we were in London many years ago he would not go on the Eye with me! So that was my excuse for not going either…)

Here’s how the ballooning conversation went:

Kmiller – Honey, during my Napa research today I read that you can ride in a hot air balloon over Napa. The pictures look amazing and it’s supposed to be really cool. Would you do something like that?

Mr. Miller – (expelling some guttural noise that was a cross between a grunt and all out laughter) Would YOU do something like that??? (clearly buying some time here…he's smart too...)

Kmiller – Of course. Why do you ask? (I told you he’s good at taking my BS)

Mr. Miller – Oh, ok. Then, yes. Of course I would do that too.

So as far as the ballooning goes, we are both posturing, waiting for the other to cave. Should we actually do it, (I really do want to!) I envision it will be a race to see who cowers to the floor first wailing like a little girl. I have no shame, he might. Given that I am considerably closer to the ground than he is, I suspect I’ll win (lose?) that one…no BS buying needed. 

Thanks again all – I’ll write in again when we have some more finite plans and I need some more suggestions. I do welcome anymore itineraries if anyone else feels like sharing. Take care.


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posted 07-13-2011 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for molang   Click Here to Email molang     Edit/Delete Message
Totally stay in YOUNTVILLE!!! It's the best! Villagio is awesome! Walking distance to all the best restaurants! Bouchon, Hurleys, REDD, Bottega.
Day One: Wine Taste along the Silverado Trail & 29
Revel in the scenic beauty of this road less traveled.
Stop at Pine Ridge for a barrel to bottle sampling, Darioush for a taste of superb Syrah, or Steltzner to try limited-edition reds.
Head north to Mumm for some champagne and a beautiful view of the valley.
Backtrack a bit to Yountville Cross Road, stop at Goosecross Cellars for lush, handcrafted wines, then cross over to Route 29.
Picnic fare at Oakville Grocery, or lunch at Brix with lovely outdoor gardens
Head north into Oakville for the valley’s best winery tour at venerable Robert Mondavi.
Complete your tasting experience at the spectacular Opus One (tours by appointment only).
Day Two: A Day in Napa
Napa's downtown shopping district
Wander downtown Napa. Experience the wonderful gift shops, antique stores, and galleries.
Oxbox Market for a great variety of food, cheese, and wine with lovely patio for dining.
After lunch, stay and do some wine tasting at Tasting at Oxbow, Mason Cellers, Rocca, Vintner’s Collective, Ceja Backroom and Bounty Hunter all within walking distance in downtown Napa.
take in some jazz at Silo, or Uva’s
Day Three: A Day in Calistoga
Quaint and quirky Calistoga
Drive to Calistoga for a morning of kitsch at the Old Faithful Geyser and Petrified Forest.
Relish a relaxing lunch at Wappo Bar or Brennan’s. Both restaurants offer lovely outdoor seating.
Meander and shop the many boutiques of the four-block town, or trek the trails at Bothe State Park.
Arrive at your afternoon spa appointment at the Mount View Hotel & spa for mud bath and mineral baths or Lavender Hills for couple’s massages.
Stroll over to Jole for farm to table California cuisine at its’ best.
Day Four: Ballooning & Carneros
Wake early for your appointed lift off into the wild blue yonder, followed by brunch.
Head out to an afternoon art and nature tour of the di Rosa Preserve or a “shop til you drop” visit to the Napa Premium Outlets.
Enjoy a late picnic lunch with tasty Pinot Noir at Bouchaine, or round out the late afternoon sipping sparkling wine at Domain Carneros and thrilling to the magnificent views at Artesa winery.
Come back to the inn and relax before dinner. Treat yourself to fine dining at La Toque Ken Frank’s excellent wine pairing menu. Or be causal on the patio at Angele’s or Celedon. Selection is plentiful for superior dining in the Napa Valley.
Day Five: A Day in St. Helena
Tee off at one our local golf clubs, or grab the reins of a faithful steed and ride the trails of Skyline Wilderness Park.
Head to St. Helena, stopping at V.Sattui for a wine tasting and picnic lunch on their lovely grounds.
Saunter the sidewalks of St. Helena. Window shop (or do some damage!) at the fabulous home accent and gift stores.
Attend an afternoon cooking demonstration at the Culinary Institute of America.
Enjoy one more wine tasting at Beringer, St Clement, before sitting down to an evening meal in St. Helena. We recommend Terra, Tra Vigne, or Go Fish for great seafood. Catch a great sunset at the posh restaurant at Auberge du Soleil.


posted 07-13-2011 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi kmiller (again),

Just saw that you are a legal recruiter. We have an attorney on this board, RichardSE that you may want to talk to. The poor guy is located in Hawaii and probably looking to get out. I don't know anyone in their right mind that would want to live in Hawaii. Just think of the long flight you would have to take every time you wanted to go to Napa Valley.



posted 07-13-2011 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi kmiller,

I would think one of two locations would be my choice.

choice 1: Calistoga - Ideal location because you can go south on Hwy 29 and visit all the wineries along there, you can go south on the Silverado Trail and visit all the wineries there, you can go north across the mountain to the Healdsburg area (Sonoma County) and visit all the wineries there (amazing Zins) and you can go west across the mountain a and visit the Glen Ellen area and the wineries there. None of these trips is too long.

We like the Stevenson Manor Best Western PLUS Inn in Calistoga as a very clean, comfortable and convenient place to stay.


You could stay in Yountville at a little more upper class neighborhood at the Yountville Hotel. Yountville is full of wine tasting rooms (not in wineries) and Michelin rated restaurants. Right on Hwy 29 so you can go N or S and easy over to the Silverado Trail.

If you haven't checked out the map of the area and wineries, I would suggest that you do so. May help in your decision.

When you select lodging, let us know and maybe we can get a little more specific for wineries to visit.


[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 07-13-2011).]


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posted 07-13-2011 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kmiller     Edit/Delete Message
Damombo -
Thanks so much for taking the time to reply!!!


posted 07-12-2011 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Yountville would be the perfect spot, in my opinion. We stayed at the Napa Valley Lodge last November (mid-Nov) and loved it. A friend stayed at the Villagio in February and really enjoyed it. Restaurants galore - AMAZING restaurants, many right there in Yountville. Lots of tasting rooms, right there in Yountville
If you are going to have 5 nights, then get out your map and divide the valley up so that each day you can visit wineries and end up at a restaurant in a certain area. That will help you avoid backtracking and crisscrossing - but that can be fun, too, because the area is simply gorgeous. Include a day on Spring Mountain since you have that many days. Plan to take a picnic lunch some of the days. There is a great deli in Calistoga, the Oakville grocery is nearish to Yountville, and Soda Canyon grocery near Napa - all will provide you with what you need for a picnic.
Have fun planning - we're happy to help if you need it.


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posted 07-12-2011 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kmiller     Edit/Delete Message
Hi All -
This seems like such a great site - I thought I'd ask you all for some advice. My husband and I are planning a trip for the fall (Oct-Nov), spending two nights in San Francisco and five nights in Napa. I have been doing tons of research, but am still unsure about some things.

Some info about us... We are young (30), no kids yet, never been to the west coast, really love wine (reds, but want to try whites), fine dining and relaxing.

Here is our ideal Napa trip. We want to stay someplace pretty nice, but not totally crazy expensive, i.e., $1000 per night.

We are beyond excited to go to some wineries for tastings.

We also plan on trying a different restaurant each night.

We are trying to figure out where to stay - what part of Napa that is. Is there one area that is more centrally located but perhaps within walking distance to some wineries/restaurants/other. We don't necessarily want to be right in the center of a chaos, but we also don't want to be completely removed from everything such that we would have to drive long distances everywhere.

Calistoga looks breathtaking. Is it too remote? Is it close to wineries, restaurants? Any within Walking distance?

To date, my research has led me to Yountville. What do you think of that? How about the Villagio?

Thanks so much!!


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