The Getties — as in “getaways” — are our selections for best places to stay, best places to eat and best things to do in various categories and regions. These picks have been selected by our team, our regional editors and award-winning writers.
The feature film Bottle Shock chronicles the “Judgment of Paris,” a 1976 blind wine tasting. The stunning win by Chateau Montelena Chardonnay with “buttery notes and a Smithsonian finish” from an unknown Napa Valley winery put Northern California next to France on the world’s wine map and America’s Wine Country was born. Today, though it’s only 70 miles northeast of San Francisco and 789 square miles, the fertile, warmer Napa Valley boasts more than 4 Michelin-starred restaurants and 400 wineries. Because 95 percent are family-owned, you’ll be warmly welcomed for a half- or full-day visit.
Consider this your fail-safe guide to the region.
photo: Napa Valley Barrel Tasting
It’s no surprise that some of the best ‘bucket list’ restaurants are located along Hwy 29 in Napa Valley. We’ve taken the guesswork out of your next dining experience with these best breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and sweet treats and winery dining picks.
Looking for the most romantic, most luxurious, best value, best places to take a group (wedding, family reunions or just a well deserved girls trip?) And speaking of well-deserved respites, we’ve also curated the best wellness hotels in Napa Valley.