While California has several wine-growing regions all over the state, most people who think of the California “wine country” think of Napa Valley. The rolling hills just north and east of San Francisco are home to over 300 wineries and vineyards, such as the well-known and respected Beringer, Raymond, Sterling, Robert Mondavi and Rutherford Hill.
At SitInMySeats VIP Tickets & Travel, it seems as though a luxury Napa Valley vacation is always being planned. The destination has remained at the top of the list for luxury travelers and clients who love to discover the wine and culinary treasures of regions world wide. Why is it so wildly popular? Laura of SitInMySeats, says “Napa Valley is blessed with lavish scenery, luscious wines, amazing restaurants and luxury accommodations at every turn. It is the kind of place you could spend days exploring, yet it’s compact enough that even if you have only an afternoon to break away from San Francisco, you can still get a taste of wine country and feel like you’ve had an encounter with the finer things in life!”
Just an hour’s drive northeast of San Francisco, this beautiful region starts south of Napa and stretches about 30 miles north to Calistoga. There are two main routes through the valley. Most visitors take Highway 29, which is a straight shot from Napa to Calistoga, hitting all the big names such as Opus One and Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate. But this route can get painfully crowded in summer. So, the travel concierge professionals at SitInMySeats generally suggest that their clients, whether on a self-guided tour or with a private driver, take the “other route”. This route is the Silverado Trail, which avoids the towns, is quieter, and has breathtaking views.
Wineries along this long and winding road include Stags’ Leap, (the winery that made the red that beat the French at the famous Paris tasting of 1976) and Darioush, notable for its striking architecture that incorporates references to Persepolis, the capital of ancient Persia. Because the valley is only a few miles wide, you can easily get back to Highway 29 by using the Oakville, Yountville or Rutherford crossroads as you make your way.
Recently, we designed a vacation to Napa Valley for a couple to celebrate their wedding anniversary. The clients wanted to stay, shop, sip and eat in luxury. They wanted to be pampered and catered to, yet longed for some adventure. The final vacation design included 2 nights in San Francisco, 4 nights in Napa, luxury accommodations, a private driver to take them to exclusive tastings, picnic lunches in the middle of the vineyards, a hot air balloon ride with champagne and a scenic bike tour throughout the beautiful valley. Their experience was so amazing and every detail so carefully attended to, the couple returned and immediately enlisted SitInMySeats VIP Tickets & Travel to design another visit within a few months!
Inspired by the many clients who make Napa Valley their own, with the help of the professionals at SitInMySeats, Lisa Crawford, Owner of the company, has decided to spend her wedding anniversary exploring the region this summer. “Seeing how amazing and extremely personalized a trip to Napa Valley can be has helped me make the decision to take my own vacation there! On my agenda? A lot of spa, sipping, shopping, amazing food and scenery I won’t every forget!”
So, whether you want a break from the big city for a day or want to be fully immersed in the culture of Wine Country California, SitInMySeats VIP Tickets & Travel will design an experience just for you!