Who is ready for a recap of my 4th Annual Girls Trip!? This past November we chose to go to Napa and Sonoma for our trip(read about our other travels here). I’ve always heard great things about wine country so being able to experience it with two of my besties was a great time! We flew in on an early morning flight with Southwest to the Oakland airport. We rode in an Uber for a little over an hour to our first stop of the day, California Wine Tours.
We had booked a private driver for about 4 hours to take us around Napa and then to our Airbnb located in Sonoma. John was our driver and he was absolutely amazing. He knew so much about the area and was extremely friendly and helpful. We loved him! If you plan to visit more than one winery and don’t have a lot of time, this is definitely the way to do it. We never really felt rushed and got to go at our own pace/we could change our plans with John if we needed to.
Our first taste of wine came from Sterling Vineyards. This place was absolutely beautiful. It’s up on a hill and you literally have to ride a sky tram to get up to the tasting area. You do a small self-guided tour while walking through their facility and tasting wines as you go. Once we got to the end, you are greeted with more amazing views and plenty of space to sit and relax and order more wine/food if you want. We definitely could’ve spent half a day here, which I’m sure plenty of people do.
Our next stop in Napa was the V. Sattui Winery. This place was also super pretty and had lots of people there. They had a food truck, a small market, plenty of outdoor space to hang out and a great tasting room as well. We bought a couple of bottles of wine from here…which ones I bought will remain a mystery because apparently once I get to sipping, I don’t keep track of the ones I truly liked or bought. Ooops. We bought a small meat and cheese tray to take back to our Airbnb and we were off to Sonoma!
Our Airbnb was so cute and the perfect space for us. It had a great little backyard area where we drank wine and ate food. We had great weather almost every day of the trip, so we were happy about that!
We headed to Mamma Tanino’s in Sonoma for dinner on our first night. It was a small Italian place with really good food and drinks. The service was also great. We didn’t stay up too late that night after such a fun day and even more to look forward to the next day. Sunday morning we headed off on the best Airbnb Experience I’ve been apart of yet! We got to take an old school VW van around Sonoma to some great wineries and we made some new friends along the way!
Jake was our driver for this experience and he was so much fun and super accomodating for us! Ram’s Gate Winery was our first stop on this tour and it was amazing! The grounds of the winery were great as well as the people working there. Our second stop was Winery Sixteen 600. Their tasting room was in downtown Sonoma inside a cute house. We all sat at this large table and were served a farm-to-table salad that was seriously amazing plus some more great wine.
Our last stop on this tour was Anaba Wines, which gets its name from the winds that blow through the valleys of Sonoma. We got there a little before sunset and man it was beautiful. We took several pictures during Golden Hour and I don’t think any of our group was ready for the tour to end. I 1000% recommend booking this Airbnb experience or at least going to the wineries I listed because they are all so awesome.
That night we went to dinner at a highly recommended place, the girl and the fig. It was a very popular restaurant and thankfully we were able to make a reservation. I remember their meat and cheese(or charcuterie board if you fancy) being THE BEST! On our last day in Sonoma, we wanted to relax and take it a little easy. We booked massages at Raindance Spa and got to use their facility to really decompress and relax. The massages were great!
We spent the rest of the day walking around downtown and checking out a few places. We went to Whiskey Bar & Grille for a late lunch. Then we checked out Passagio, a small tasting room with a very sweet guy working there that helped us try new things. For dessert, we had some yummy ice cream at Sweet Scoops!
I would absolutely come back to California just to revisit some of the places we went to and to have even more time to explore. Have you been to Napa or Sonoma? What were some of your favorite places and things to do? Can you tell we love wine trips?
Happy travels! 🙂