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Yet another "Rate My Napa Weekend Itinerary"

Already re-arranged our accomodations (now staying in Downtown Napa)... seemed logical since we're trying to minimize all the driving around.

BBQ in Napa? Interesting concept... any idea if the meat is smoked? Nothing burns me up more than trying a new BBQ joint only to discover that the meat was partially/fully boiled and slathered in sauce to make it "smokey"... :-/

Yet another "Rate My Napa Weekend Itinerary"

Thanks so much for the suggestions (particularly the wineries). I also had Elyse on my list of candidates... any thoughts?

So many conflicting opinions about my Monday brunch choices (especially in older threads I haven't posted in yet)... seems like it depends on what kind of ambiance and/or food you're looking for.

Yet another "Rate My Napa Weekend Itinerary"

wolfe and vday, thanks for the link. While we're not celebrating anything, newly wed, nor particularly picky about accomodations, we do appreciate ambiance (and industrial doesn't sound very... ambient). I'll look a little more carefully around the Downtown Napa area. ;)

To anyone else reading this, any other feedback (particularly winery choices and Saturday dinner... remaining OT reservations are at whacky times and I doubt we'd have the energy for an epic 4 hour meal)?

Yet another "Rate My Napa Weekend Itinerary"

Greetings Chowhoundians. I know, just what we need... another "please look at my plans" thread. I'm bringing my lady friend to Napa at the end of the month and want her to leave with fond memories of her first trip. Just to preface, we're both seasoned foodies with a basic understanding of wine (but little or no understanding of wineries). I've been to Napa twice, but both trips were impromptu invitations to the Meadowood (years ago) and TFL respectively. We're also on a bit of a budget.

Saturday: Arrive in the valley early/mid afternoon. Head straight to Downtown and spend some time at Oxbow. Then down to Gaia to check in. After freshening up, dinner somewhere a bit more laid back and casual with a drink or two (this is the biggest ? at the moment).

Sunday: Reservations at Ad Hoc for brunch. Winery tours/tastings in the afternoon at 2-3 places (Cakebread, Honig, and/or Elizabeth Spencer). Emphasis is on value, wine, interest, and education (probably in that order too). Dinner at Ubuntu (particularly excited because my lady is fascinated by "what Californians can do with amazing local produce").

Monday: Check out. Bouchon Bakery for some goodies for the ride home. Brunch/Lunch at either Brix, Boon Fly, or Fremont Diner. Head home.

Also, before the Sonoma and beyond suggestions start flying, we'd like to stay south of St. Helena and north of Am. Canyon. Anyway, if you guys have any suggestions to improve or help make this trip more memorable for us, I'll be eternally grateful! <3

Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Boon Fly Cafe
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

Fremont Diner
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA