My 1 day in Napa: what would I do?

If I only had one day and night to spend in Napa, what would I do?   Day 1: Arrive in Napa by 10:00 a.m.  Buy coffee from the Napa Valley Roasting Company at First and Main Street.  Be on the road by 10:00 a.m. either for a winery tour at Mondavi (many public tours all day) or Beringer (fewer tour times but an excellent tour of the cave, winery, etc.).   If I was smart I made a reservation at Schramsberg for the best cave tour of all in the Valley.  Then I make decisions based upon my preferences: broad selection of whites/reds (Jessup, Goosecross, Peju, Arger-Martucci, Flora Springs, Cosentino, Mondavi’s Folio), varietal selection (a TINY few of my faves- Baldacci Brenda’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sinskey Carneros Pinot, St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon, Peju Cab Franc, Arroyo Petite Syrah, August Briggs Zinfandel, Rombauer Chardonnay), unique tasting experiences with food and wine pairing (Swanson, Sinskey, Paraduxx, Quintessa, Peju), cave experiences (Schramsberg, Beringer, Vine Cliff, Jarvis), high-end wines (Opus One, Quintessa, Revanna, Phelps, Sherwin), hillside wineries that take you out of the Valley (Kuleto, Nichellini, Pride, Artesa, Reverie, Hess, Long Meadow Ranch), popular wineries (Nickel and Nickel, Silver Oak, Stag’s Leap, Duckhorn, Cakebread, Paraduxx, Quintessa, Rubicon, Frank Family, Miner Family, Phelps), unique wines (Prager/Port, Peju/Provence),  unique architecture (Artesa, Darioush, Rubicon, Beringer, Quixote), unique tours (by horseback or covered wagon: Larsen, by all road vehicle: Long Meadow Ranch, Olive Oil mill: Round Pond).  If time allowed, I would consider cycling in St. Helena or Yountville, doing a volcanic ash bath in Calistoga at the Lavender Hill Spa or soaking in the mud bath/mineral pools at Indian Springs, hiking at the Bale Grist Mill or up to Mt. Helena. Back at The Inn On First I would consider an in-room massage, a power nap, and then an 8:00 p.m. dinner reservation. Hmm.  One day?  I think more like a few days, if not a week…and that is when I would call the innkeepers and ask for an extension of more time at the inn!


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