Wine country weekend getaways are one of our favorite things here at MGD. We’ve shared travel guides for Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ynez, and more! Today, we’re heading to one of the most well-known wine country areas in the world and taking you through the best places to stay, where to eat, and which wineries to visit. We were lucky enough to visit just a few weeks ago and test out all of these spots for you in person! So, let’s dive into our Sonoma Valley & Napa Valley travel guide – Hope you’re as excited as we are!
Where to Stay in Sonoma & Napa Valley
There are so many beautiful boutique properties in this wine country that we couldn’t leave out of our Sonoma & Napa Valley travel guide! Boutique properties are our favorite kind – We love the curated experience they create for guests. If you’re an avid traveler like us, add all of these properties to your list!
Farmhouse Inn in Sonoma Valley
Farmhouse Inn / Link
We stayed at Farmhouse Inn on our recent trip, and it was a wonderful B&B experience! It’s located in the neighboring Sonoma Valley and it’s truly the perfect getaway.
Solage / Link
Solage is a pretty little spot in Calistoga. It’s a large property with cottages, bikes, a great pool, an onsite restaurant, and an amazing spa.
Meadowood / Link
Newly reopened after the devastating fires, this is truly an iconic and beautiful place to stay. Great location too!
Alila / Link
This new Napa Valley hotel is on our list to check out next time we’re in wine country! Their spa looks amazing, too.
Bardessono / Link
This eco-resort is also in Yountville, conveniently located walking distance to lots of great restaurants and central to many of Napa’s best wineries!
Where to Eat in Napa Valley
While most travel to Napa for the wine, the amazing food and restaurants are just as good! From Michelin starred dinner experiences to markets made for progressive meals, there’s something for everyone in Napa.
Fern Bar at The Barlow
Farmhouse Inn / Link
The Michelin star restaurant on property is well known and loved in Sonoma. Try everything, you won’t be disappointed! We did the wine pairing and non-alcoholic beverage pairing with our 4-course meal and had the best experience!
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch / Link
This was one of our favorite meals in Napa Valley. The food is simply amazing!
The Barlow / Link
Located in Sebastopol, this former apple processing plant spans 4 city blocks and is full of tasting rooms, restaurants and shops. A fun spot to spend an afternoon and evening. We did a progressive dinner here one night so we could try a little bit of everything. Must-try spots include Fern Bar, Blue Ridge Kitchen, The Farmer’s Wife and Two Dog Night Creamery.
North Block Restaurant / Link
If you’re staying at the North Block Hotel, you have to stop by their restaurant next door – So good!
The Model Bakery / Link
This is our favorite spot to grab a quick breakfast and baked goodies, with a few locations around Napa. A must try!
Oxbow Public Market / Link
Located in downtown Napa, there’s a little something for everyone here. It’s like a mini San Francisco Ferry Building with several food vendors, both indoors and outdoors.
Bouchon Bakery / Link
Another morning favorite for the best baked goods and coffee!
Oakville Grocery / Link
This gourmet market has make-your-own sandwiches and is the perfect pit stop on a wine tasting afternoon!
Press / Link
If you’re in the mood for steak, head here! Press is a delicious steakhouse located in St. Helena in Napa Valley.
The Charter Oak / Link
We always love a good seasonal, Californian-fare restaurant. Pro tip: Ask to sit on the patio!
Gott’s Roadside / Link
When you need a burger and fries, look no further! With 2 locations in Napa, pop by Gott’s for a casual, delicious bite to eat.
Ad Hoc / Link
Ad Hoc was the hubby’s favorite thanks to their iconic, tried and true comfort food menu.
Goose & Gander / Link
For great gastropub vibes, head to Goose & Gander! They also have a cool basement bar if you need a break from wine while you’re there.
Brasswood Bar + Kitchen / Link
For pastas, oysters, and a cozy atmosphere, Brasswood Bar + Kitchen is worth adding to your list!
Wineries To Visit In Napa Valley
There are so many wineries and tasting rooms in Napa Valley that you could visit 10 times and not visit them all! We rounded up a few of our favorites that we visited on our last trip and that stood out to us in terms of experience or aesthetic. Add your favorite wineries in the comments below, since we’re sure we missed so many good ones!
Joseph Phelps Winery & Rudd Estate Winery in Napa Valley
Rudd Estate / Link
Rudd Estate is the most beautiful property, designed by the amazing Backen & Gillam Architects. We loved hearing about their lovely family legacy while we were there!
Flowers Winery / Link
Flowers is known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and their recently opened destination tasting room is a beautiful spot to spend the afternoon!
Joseph Phelps Winery & Vineyard / Link
Joseph Phelps is one of the most well-known wineries in Napa, and we can confirm – It’s well-worth the visit!
Ram’s Gate Winery / Link
With sweeping views, an outdoor veranda and fire pit, and food pairings, Ram’s Gate was one of our favorite stops!
Cakebread Cellars / Link
If you’ve heard of Napa Valley, you’ve likely heard of Cakebread Cellars! They have delicious white wines (try the Chardonnay!) and a beautiful country-chic property.
We don’t know about you, but we’re already ready to book a trip back! Did we miss any of your favorite spots in our Napa Valley travel guide? Let us know in the comments! For more California travel content, head to the travel section of our blog for all of our guides in one place. Thanks for following along with our adventures!