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Napa Valley is a magical place that
forces you to disconnect and give
yourself to a world filled with spectacular
tastings, calming retreats and delicious
experiences. T e x t by b lue ar auz
Many journeys to the nation’s official Wine Country
will start as you cross over the Golden Gate Bridge into
Sausalito. The picturesque town combines hillside with
shoreline and has various viewing spots off the hills
overlooking more than 400 houseboats in the marina.
Make sure to try some fresh seafood while watching the
bay at Scoma’s Of Sausalito or at Trident with gorgeous
vistas of neighboring San Francisco. Driving into Napa
Valley, the rolling hills and sprawling fields set the pace
— it’s time to let loose and take in each moment. Up
the ante a few notches with a stay at the Inn On First.
The historic mansion was built in 1905 and only had 3
families live in it before being converted into a B&B in
2003. There are no TVs, as the owners feel it takes away
from the intimacy of the place. Instead, they feature
heart-shaped hot tubs and gas fireplaces in each room.
Since the area is synonymous with wine, a vineyard tour
has to be on the itinerary. Round Pond Estate offers a
tour of their winery, olive mills and an outdoor lunch
with a beautiful view of the estate and surrounding
mountains. For lunch, guests sample the estate’s olive
oils, red wine vinegars and wines. Cheeses, meats,
breads and fruits and vegetables from their own garden
make this the ultimate picnic. Go ahead, indulge in some
wine — after all, it’s bottled poetry; NapaValley.org.