In November I had an opportunity to go the Napa Valley with Hotels.com and experience Napa for the first time. I knew Napa had amazing vineyards, but the Napa Valley has so much more to offer. I would definitely come back to this place again. There is literally something out here for everyone, so there is n chance of you getting bored. After you’ve read this post about what I got up to, if you want to find out what else Napa Valley Balloons has to offer, a quick search will give you the answers you need. As you know, I love being active and going on adventures…which isn’t something you would initially think of doing in Napa, but we did just that…we had an active vacation that focused on health, wellness and indulgence.
Young travelers (like me) are swapping beaches and beverages for action-packed, fitness getaways. Results from a recent Hotels.com survey shows that 80% of 18 to 35 year old’s consider keeping fit one of the most important parts of their holiday experience. Millennial’s are looking for unusual holiday experiences and use exercise to meet new people (27%) and explore new places from an alternative perspective (32%).
I flew from Vancouver to San Francisco and meet up with some wonderful ladies from Toronto. Our first stop was for food (obviously!) and it was near the water in Sausalito at the Barrel House. It was such a yummy lunch. I highly recommend getting the garlic fries because they are to die for.
The drive from San Francisco to Napa is only 2 hours, and much of it is through the scenic countryside. There are so many rolling hills and wineries all around. In Napa we stayed at the Meritage Resort and Spa. Every aspect of this hotel was amazing, and everyone was so welcoming and warm…it felt like family.
We all went to the Oxbow Public Market for dinner. If you are ever in Napa I would suggest getting to the market. It is a great place to purchase organic and sustainably-produced local food plus delicious regional specialties. I had some tasty gluten free tacos for dinner. Having to be aware of what I eat because of my diet constraints, eating out while on a trip is sometimes a challenge. Markets like this are always a good choice and they seem to have something for everyone if you are with a group.
We started out our first full day in Napa early. We went for a run along a local trail and it was a fabulous way to start the day. The trail went along rows and rows of grapes. The group and I ended up walking a little bit more than we wanted but we got out and did something active…which makes a trip so much more rewarding.
After the run we had a tour of the Meritage Resort and Spa property and wow is it ever big!! They have an amazing pool and even a bowling alley…yes you heard me right…a bowling alley!!! The property has a winery (of course), a tasting room and a gorgeous spa. After the tour we ate our lunch on-site at Siena Restaurant.
Our next stop was Spa Terra, which is in an underground cave at the hotel. I have actually never, ever been to a spa so this was a real treat for me. I got a facial and it was so amazing. My skin felt clean and fresh and loved. As I sit here and type this post I feel the need to go and get another facial. They are addicting I think!
For dinner we went to Don Giovanni. I don’t think I have ever loved a restaurant so much! Don Giovanni was quite possibly the best food I have ever had. Don’t tell my Zia, but the handmade pasta was better than hers. I loved that the restaurant used sustainably-farmed, local fruits and vegetables, and all organic meats.
You can watch my vlog in YouTube for better quality….here
The next day we started our day off early again and went for a hike at the Lake Hennessy Trail. This trail is just breathtaking and so peaceful…plus it was such a good workout. I love hiking, so this was a slice of happiness for me. However, as with any trip, things sometimes happen. I have found that traveling with Type 1 diabetes isn’t the easiest sometimes. During the hike, my blood sugar went low and we had to run back to the car and grab a snack. It is always an adventure traveling with me. There is never a dull moment. Thankfully the group was supportive and just rolled with the adventure lol.
If you only visit one winery in Napa it should be the Sterling Vineyards. You take an aerial tram to the hilltop winery which has the most amazing view the of the vineyards below on all sides. You can see us on the tram in my vlog. 🙂
Lunch this day was at Sam’s Social Club. We all had the most incredible grilled cheese sandwiches (which were huge). It was comfort food at its finest.
Our next stop was the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs. This is where I had my first mud bath experience and let me tell you, it is very interesting. I am going to be real with you here…mud in places mud should not be but it felt so good and my skin never felt so soft and loved. The volcanic ash mud bath was definitely a very relaxing and unique experience.
When we got back to the Meritage Resort and Spa, that night we had the pleasure of eating dinner in the wine cave. It was such a wonderful experience and I can’t thank the hotel enough for the amazing time they gave us. Check out my vlog for a better sense of how cool this location was and how wonderful the meal was. We finished the evening off with bowling right at the hotel at Crush Lounge, which was very fun and after that big meal it felt great to move around a bit.
The final day of our trip was so relaxing. We started off our day with yoga in the wine cave at the hotel. It was so relaxing and I truly felt one with myself. After yoga we packed our bags and headed out to go bike riding with Napa Valley Bikes Tours. We rode our bikes along the road where we saw wineries and so many beautiful homes. Along the way we stopped for a lovely picnic.
I had such a fun, active trip with Hotels.com. We managed to pack a lot into our time there and got outside to enjoy the Napa Valley with a run, hike and bike ride. I enjoy seeing the place I am traveling in many ways. In addition, the foodie in me was giddy with all of the exceptional dining experiences. There were so many options to fit with my diet constraints and it was great knowing so many options were locally sourced. I will definitely be back to Napa again.
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