New Hot Spots to Visit This Spring
April 30, 2018
Come discover what's new in the Napa Valley, including new and upcoming experiences, shops, wine tasting, restaurants, and hotels.
The Culinary Institute of America at Copia now offers hands-on cooking experiences for home cooks and professionals in its new 9,000 square-foot state-of-the-art kitchen featuring Hestan appliances. A much-anticipated part of CIA at Copia, the kitchen serves as a hub for public cooking classes, interactive dining events, industry conferences, and private events. Cooking experiences, which range from two-to-five hours in length, include the CIA Skills series, where guests learn basic cooking skills and how to prepare various cuisines from a CIA chef-instructor, then enjoy their prepared meal. Class topics include A Beginner’s Guide to Sushi Rolls, Healthy Cooking, Exploring Brazilian Cuisine, and Grilling Like a Pro.
First Street Napa has announced several new retail merchants, including: Tommy Bahama, an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s clothing and home furnishings; Mecox, offering a range of products suited to indoor and outdoor living environments; State & First by Maris Collective, offering curated women’s and men’s fashion, footwear, handbags, accessories, and home goods; Lush, offering skincare, hair care and bath products, as well as unique gifts; Napastäk, a chic, unique epicurean boutique featuring an eclectic selection of high-end cooking products; and Kalifornia Jean Bar, featuring the latest California fashions for men and women, and premium brands for denim and accessories.
The Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar opened at Archer Hotel Napa in the center of downtown Napa on April 15, 2018. The expansive 7,000-plus square-foot destination rooftop is home to chef Charlie Palmer’s second outpost on property, a full-service restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, as well as late night bites and cocktails. Sitting atop the five-story structure, the Rooftop offers 360-degree views of Napa Valley and includes fire pits surrounded by modern rocking chairs, a shallow ledge pool, cabanas with stone fireplaces, and indoor/outdoor fitness studio and spa.
Gran Electrica, the second outlet of the original in Brooklyn, NY, has opened on Main Street in downtown Napa, offering an authentic and market-driven Mexican menu. The beverage program incorporates traditional flavors with seasonal ingredients, and cocktails featuring tequila and mezcal by small-batch and artisan distillers. The restaurant's wine cellar features a selection of both local and European wines with a focus on small producers. Gran Eléctrica Napa also offers a large outdoor patio, perfect for al fresco dining alongside its chef-driven produce garden.
Lovina (formerly Calistoga Kitchen) recently opened in Calistoga. Lovina was once the home of Lovina Graves Cyrus and John Cyrus, Calistoga pioneers who survived the Donner Pass in 1846. The team at Lovina is a diverse group of friends, uniquely suited to running this small, historic restaurant space.
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