The bucolic landscape, the laid-back lifestyle and the delicious food and wine make this stretch of northern California ideal for an outdoorsy weekend getaway.
1 Lucy’s Garden Table at Bardessono
From spring to early fall, Bardessono guests can book an alfresco party, which starts with a chef-led garden tour and a seasonal cocktail featuring local herbs and fruits. The party culminates with a multi-course meal served at a communal table in the heart of Lucy’s Garden. 6526 Yount St., Yountville, bardessono.com.
2 Napa Valley Balloons
Fly high over the Napa Valley on a hot-air balloon ride. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the lush rolling landscape and acres upon acres of vineyards, as well as pre-flight coffee and a post-flight sparkling wine breakfast. 1 California Dr., Yountville, napavalleyballoons.com.
3 Oakville Grocery
Founded in 1881, Oakville Grocery has everything you need for a gourmet picnic in sunny Napa Valley. Pick up a freshly baked baguette, local cheeses, preserves and a bottle of refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. 7856 St. Helena Hwy., Oakville, oakvillegrocery.com.
4 Round Pond Estate
This winery, olive mill and kitchen garden offers the quintessential Napa Valley experience: good food and good wine. Learn about olive cultivation and enjoy a guided olive oil tasting (I love the blood orange infusion). Be sure to check out the biodynamic garden, cared for by head gardener michael Presley. 875 & 886 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, roundpond.com.
5 Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Explore this state park where Treasure Island author Robert Louis Stevenson spent his honeymoon in 1880. If you’re feeling ambitious, climb to the top of mount St. Helena, the highest peak in Napa Valley. Hwy. 29 and Hwy. 128, Calistoga, parks.ca.gov.