Thursday, October 27, 2011

Back Trackin' - Fall in Napa Valley

Late November will make three years since Husband J and I went to Napa Valley, but we STILL talk about our trip there...a lot. It's such a beautiful place with so much great food and even better wines, which essentially means that we were in total heaven. We were there a week after Thanksgiving, and it wasn't particularly cold (As someone who hates the cold, you know you can trust me on this one). It was actually nice, nippy fall weather with sun pretty much every day we were there. I believe that Napa really is an all-year destination. Don't feel like you need to go there in spring or summer to enjoy yourself.

I am sure that it must be enchanting to see the vineyards bursting with grapes, but I loved the fact that so much of the greenery and vineyards seemed to say fall. :)

On the grounds at Duckhorn Vineyards

Husband J on the grounds of Frog's Leap

The view from our balcony at the Wine Country Inn

What I liked most about being in Napa in the "off season" was the fact that no one else was really around. Most visitors aren't coming to Napa in late November/early December. We got to really hang with and talk to all of the folks at the wineries as if we were shooting the breeze like old friends. They weren't rushed, so neither were we. I think we really got to ask all of our questions and learn more about the folks that work at the wineries and how they got involved in the wine industry. A big shout out to the folks at Arger-Martucci and Cakebread Cellars for being especially nice.

Are you a fan of off-season travel? Where was your most enjoyable off-season trip?


melinda said...

I was just at Cakebread! We went last weekend and it was pretty busy since the weather is so nice, but I can't wait to go back later this month when things are quieter!

nikita_the_traveller said...

Definitely a fan of off-season travel since it's so much cheaper and you can beat the crowds!

kimberly michelle said...

Off season travel is always the best! Mexico (with no one there) was AMAZING!!! I think I'd hate it if was on-season.

And Napa, while nice and crisp in winter, is so much nicer then than in the heat of the summer or the crowds of crush. We go tasting down the street (literally) when we have summer visitors instead of heading over the hill 40 minutes to Napa. I can't stand drinking wine on a hot valley day!


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