Just a few more days and all of the madness of this snowless holiday season will be behind you. Then rip off your ugly holiday sweater, because you deserve a weekend getaway. Preferably one with plenty of booze.
We've been researching for your post-holiday escape for months, exploring the very best of Napa. We went there, stayed there, and it took threats of force to get us back.
Here's where to stay, eat, and pop the finest bottles in California's wine capitol:
WHERE TO STAY (i.e. WHERE YOU'RE STASHING YOUR CRATES OF VINO)
High roller pad: Auberge du Soleil is not your typical roadside tavern, but a sun king’s palace tricked out with an incredible pool, views, and suites well worth the splurge.
Nightly rates $600-5,200. 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford (707-963-1211)
The swank updated Andaz Napa in downtown offers nightly tastings and a rooftop deck with a fire pit and porch swings.
Nightly rates from $209. 1450 First Street, Napa (707-687-1234)
Ask for the Soaring Over California package at Wydown Hotel, which includes a balloon ride over Napa Valley and champagne brunch at Solage's Solbar.
Packages from $424, double occupancy. 1424 Main Street, St. Helena (707-963-5100)
WHAT TO DO (i.e. WHERE TO TRACK DOWN YOUR CRATES OF VINO)
High roller fun: Napa Valley Reserve is a private club at Meadowood Resort for the ultimate in wine tasting. Membership assures the opening of many doors. And many bottles.
1000 Silverado Trail North, St. Helena (707-968-3190)
Tour the massive Caves at Soda Canyon which just opened and sip on vino like Patland Estate and Lobo. As for those caves? Expect more Bruce Wayne level furnishings than Batman — and plenty of wine.
2275 Soda Canyon Road, Napa (707-861-8100)
Francis Ford Coppola makes you an offer you can’t refuse at his winery. Check out Don Corleone’s desk from The Godfather in the movie gallery.
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville (707-857-1471)
Arrive at your tasting in style by taking a trip on the luxury wine train. You'll get a gourmet lunch with a view of the valley before disembarking for your private tour.
1275 McKinstry St., Napa (800-427-4124) $140-250
WHERE TO EAT (i.e. WHAT TO CONSUME WHEN YOU'RE NOT DRINKING VINO)
High roller feast: For all the new developments here, the place to pull out all the stops remains The French Laundry. Chef Thomas Keller dazzles with foie gras, salmon cornets, and oysters & pearls. He once served nicotine-flavored sorbet to Anthony Bourdain during a long lunch.
6640 Washington Street, Yountville (707-944-2380)
Ad Hoc is the baby bro to French Laundry with a much more casual vibe and finger-licking good buttermilk fried chicken.
6476 Washington Street, Yountville (707-944-2487)
Find the most scenic Napa view at The Thomas rooftop bar, the ideal spot to chill out with cocktails or take in the sunset glow with a glass of wine.
813 Main Street, Napa (707-226-7821)
You could drop by recently re-opened Oakville Grocery or Dean and Deluca, but Oxbow Market's cool smorgasbord of dining options is perfect for sampling pizza, sushi, sandwiches, or a burger from Gott’s Roadside.
644 1st Street, Napa (707-226-6529)