Andrew and I got engaged at the peak of Christmas craziness. Excitement was high, celebrations ensued, and our family and friends were around to make the moment even sweeter. Once the Holiday season came to an end, we were prime for a quiet getaway with just the 2 of us.
Right before New Year’s Eve, we made a trip up to Napa Valley. This trip to Napa is one of our favorites partly because it is so serene, but also because there is always so much to see and do. For this particular visit, we focused our stay on St. Helena. Here are a few highlights of our 24 hours in St. Helena:
Harvest Inn – We booked a romantic, loft suite in the main building. I loved our room because it was huge with vaulted ceilings, but had a brick fireplace that gave it a cozy bed-and-breakfast feel. There’s also a bar downstairs with creative cocktails that got pretty packed as the night went on. The next morning we had the most amazing, FREE breakfast outside on the covered, heated patios. So far, this has been our favorite hotel to stay at in Napa Valley.
Duckhorn – This was our favorite winery we visited on this trip. The tasting room itself looks like an old Victorian home with a beautiful wraparound porch. It was sprinkling when we went, but if there on a nice day, I would recommend doing your tasting on the porch. Everything about the experience was top notch from the service to the wine and cheese pairing. While I’m normally a Chardonnay gal, Andrew and I both loved their Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rombauer – If I had to drink one wine for the rest of my life, it would be Rombauer Chardonnay. When we decided to go to St. Helena, I immediately made a reservation at Rombauer. To say I was excited would be an understatement. Unfortunately, their wine tasting experience did not live up to their actual wine. While their tasting room is in a beautiful setting, the inside was a bit outdated and service wasn’t great. However, we got to have a glass (or 2) of my favorite wine and met some fun people while at it, so it wasn’t an overall bust.
Goose & Gander – This was a cute little restaurant right off of Main street we stopped at for lunch. This place came highly recommended by the locals. The atmosphere was pretty cozy and downstairs was an underground-style bar. The drinks were great and food was okay (although Andrew said he burger was fantastic). I would recommend going for dinner and eating in the upstairs dining room. Side note: If you’re driving, give yourself a few extra minutes for parking.
Archetype – I absolutely loved this restaurant! Everything from the vibe, to the service, to the food was top notch. They had one of those menus that you could easily see yourself ordering multiple entrees from. The main dining room was classy and modern with a white wash interior. We sat outside in a covered patio area with little heaters going and comfy pillows (which is heaven for me). Next time we find ourselves in St. Helena, I will definitely be back!
All in all, it was an incredible little engagement getaway. If you are recently engaged, or just getting overwhelmed with the wedding process, a quiet trip with your fiancee is a great way to remember why you’re getting married in the first place.