Any memorable girls’ trip calls for just the right balance of activities, relaxation, and of course, wine.
Gather your besties and get a taste of the good life with world-class wine experiences, Michelin-starred dining, exquisite spa treatments, yoga overlooking the vineyards, relaxing pool days, and trendy shopping.
You’ll find all of that in abundance in our girls’ getaway guide to Napa Valley.
Napa Valley has a variety of accommodations to suit your girlfriends’ getaway.
Downtown Napa options include modern hotels like Andaz Napa, historic inns like The McClelland House, and charming inns such as R INN Napa – with shops and dining options all within walking distance.
If your group of gals prefers to experience the enchanting towns and natural beauty up-valley, seek options like the iconic and retro Dr. Wilkinson’s Resort and Spa in Calistoga or the boutique Southbridge Napa Valley on St. Helena’s Main street.
For the ultimate girls’ getaway, consider Carneros Resort and Spa, which offers cottage suites, residences, and vacation homes that sleep up to six guests, as well as a variety of experiences and amenities to keep your group as busy (or relaxed) as you’d like. This stunning property is tucked into the rolling hills and vineyards of the tranquil Carneros region of Napa Valley and boasts three world-class restaurants along with a full-service spa, daily morning yoga sessions, and onsite recreational activities such as sabrage lessons. When you return home from the trip you, can show off your new sword skills à la Cameron Diaz.
Winery Tours & Transporation
Follow our guide and make advance reservations at a few of these spots, or peruse our directory of winery tour operators that can make all the arrangements for you.
Beau Wine Tours and Limo Service offers pre-planned routes or custom tours, providing a delightful day of safe sipping.
A trip to Napa Valley isn’t complete without wine tasting! With more than 400 wineries open to the public, you have a plethora of options to get a taste of these world-class wines.
Start your day with bubbles at the French-inspired chateau and gardens of Domaine Carneros. Select from two dedicated sparkling wine flights, a Pinot Noir flight, or a mixed flight to pair with cheese, charcuterie, caviar, or smoked fish.
Enchant the Chardonnay (or Pinot!) lover in your group at Artesa Vineyards & Winery. Insider trivia…This winery served as a backdrop for the girls’ weekend comedy, “Wine Country,” starring many Saturday Night Live greats. The sweeping views, architecture, and hand-made Spanish tiles featured here are second only to the wine.
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery offers a range of varietals from award-winning Sauvignon Blanc to balanced single-vineyard Cabernets. While on site, explore the art gallery featuring rotating exhibitions.
Wine Tasting Rooms
The downtown areas throughout the valley also offer more than 90 tasting rooms, ideal for many reasons, especially because they are walkable.
Handwritten Wines is a great stop if you’re in Yountville, and in walking distance of Regiis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge, the latest concept by Chef Thomas Keller.
Or, enjoy sparkling wines and caviar, or Cabernet and chocolate truffles at, Chateau Buena Vista, a beautiful, whimsical wine bar located in downtown Napa.
A hearty breakfast is key to a day of wine tasting, so take advantage of any offerings at your lodging location or, if you're in downtown Napa, pop by Loveski Deli in the Oxbow Public Market for a savory bagel, Contimo Provisions for a mind-bending biscuit coupled with a cup of locally roasted Naysayer coffee, or the ever-popular Bouchon Bakery in Yountville for a decadent croissant and latte. Check out additional bakeries and coffee shops.
For a relaxed brunch, visit a Napa Valley staple, Boon Fly Café, which serves up fresh juices, regional cuisine, and house-baked goods daily, such as the must-order Boon Fly donuts and, you won’t regret ordering the hearty chicken and waffle. Boon Fly is a short walk for those staying at the Carneros Resort and Spa.
Lunch / Picnic
If you’re seeking a casual lunch or picnic goodies to-go, stop by Oakville Grocery – centrally located on Highway 29 in Oakville. Sit at picnic tables to leisurely enjoy made-to-order sandwiches, wood-fired pizza, or ready-to-eat salads, cheese, and gourmet snacks. Thirsty guests can purchase a glass or two next door at Oakville Wine Merchant offering an impressive selection of wines, and enjoy the sips while sitting on the patio.
Revel in sunset views and pre-dinner drinks at Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar at Archer Hotel Napa along First Street in downtown Napa. Then, walk over to Oenotri for seasonally fresh-made pastas and artisanal pizzas.
For those staying at the north end of the valley, dine on seasonal American comfort food at Market in St. Helena and stroll over to Goose & Gander for a night cap and girl talk in the speakeasy-esq basement cellar. With unique concoctions and interesting combinations, the mixology at Goose & Gander is next level.
After a perfect day of wine tasting, head over to Brasswood Bar + Kitchen for a delicious farm-to-table dinner. Be sure to order the “off-menu” hand-pulled mozzarella – a cheese lover’s dream dish.
For an unforgettable fine-dining experience, take in the panoramic views and one of the region’s best seasonal tasting menus at the Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford. This dining experience is like a symphony, perfectly orchestrated, poised, and refined. You will leave wishing every meal could be so lovely.
Use the special time with your besties to explore an activity or adventure that will leave you reminiscing for years to come. Napa Valley features a variety of special events year-round – anything from live music to winery parties to breathtaking adventure.
Take in the incredible scenery by sky with an early morning hot air balloon ride with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, or by land when you continue the wine tasting journey on the Napa Valley Wine Train.
If shopping is a favorite pastime, explore the boutique shops of St. Helena’s Main Street or the fun mix at First Street Napa. There is something for every budget and every taste – whether it’s a cute boho hat or an exquisite designer dress – Napa Valley has style!
To wind down, relax, and refresh, try wrapping up your epic girls’ trip with some mindfulness, yoga, and spa rituals.
Start your Saturday with meditation and outdoor yoga against the serene backdrop of soaring redwoods and vineyard views at Harvest Inn offered from May to October.
Then, take it easy with a soak in Calistoga’s mineral springs and mud baths. Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs offers geothermal mineral pools, soaking tubs, and CBD and aromatherapy experiences. While there, take in some delicious food options at the onsite restaurant, House of Better, which features a nourishing menu of Southwestern-inspired fare.
Guests of Carneros Resort and Spa can explore one of many expert massage treatments offered at the well-appointed, lux spa. After your treatment, continue the calming vibes by lazily lounging at the Hilltop Pool, the heated, year-round, adults-only pool at the resort. Here, you can reset, relax, and regroup with your girlfriends in one of the cabanas and order a round of refreshing beverages.
Know Before You Go
With hundreds of wineries and miles of the valley to explore, we want you to know there's no wrong way to enjoy Napa Valley
What should I wear in Napa Valley?
Spring/summer = sun dress with a cardigan and sandals. Fall/Winter = denim, sweater, scarf and boots. Denim is acceptable year round, if it is a fancier scene wear dark denim. Always bring a light jacket for the nighttime breeze from the bay.
What is the best area to stay in Napa Valley?
There are 5 towns in Napa Valley, plus areas outside of the towns, where you can stay. All 5 towns have easy access to wineries.
From north to south: Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, City of Napa, American Canyon
Do I need to make advance reservations in Napa Valley?
While some wineries can accommodate walk-in visits, especially mid-week, an appointment is required by most wineries (by county ordinances).
Restaurant reservations are recommended, especially during weekends, holidays, and the peak season (May - October).
How many wine tastings can we do in one day?
We recommend 2 or 3 winery visits, but not more than that as most experiences take a minimum of 90 minutes and there is travel time in between. You can also hire a driver or tour company to drive you to the wineries, and they can even plan your day of tastings.