Guide Downtown Napa

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Winter in Napa, probably doesn’t sound overly exciting, BUT the boy and I braved it and had thee best time. We took a weekend trip for my birthday in January. Yes, I’m extremely late on sharing this, hence the coats in May haha. I’d never been to Napa, I thought I would be very close to several wineries. Turns out the area is huge! The downtown area is sort of far from the wineries. We hung out in downtown and had plenty to do.

Here are the spots we hit up:

01. Ox Bow Public Market.
We loved how they condensed a bar, several restaurants, juicery, farmers market all into one building!
We ate at the C Casa for breakfast + Ritual Coffee. Also, tempted by Hog Island Oysters and the cheese merchant.

02. Alexis Baking Company & Cafe (ABC).
Live music over breakfast, pastries galore, colored patio colors, yup right up my alley! Try the lemon ricotta pancakes or creme brûlée French toast with apricots!

03. Tarla Grill
We had dinner, late night snacks + dessert. *Apricot Chardonnay Sorbet!

04. JAM Cellars.
Our first night was spent here. The staff was so nice, they would sit and chat with us for like 15 mins. It felt like hanging out with a friend, who was drop wine science facts left and right. The decor was rad, themed in classic Rock & Roll. Try the buttery chardonnay.

05. Small World Mediterranean.
We had a long day of walking and forgot to eat lunch, we went big here with 6 dishes. Think gyros, Persian cucumbers,  hummus, zucchini sticks, cured veggies and smoothies. *I had my first dolma here!

06. Capp Heritage.
A cozy tasting room with a place, large leather bowl chairs, art deco meets victorian elegance. This live music was on another level. We saw Sonoma local, Jon Shannon Williams (<–listen to the last video), he was performing for the first time since quitting his job, going full-time with his music. The room started out some what sparse, by the end of the night he filled it to the brim. He would take his guitar out onto the streets and serenade people to come in. When they decided to join, we’d all clap. By the end of the night, all 6 ladies were up by the mini stage dancing the night away.  It was such a good night, we accidentally left something very expensive at the venue, luckily the folks who run the place are super amazing and saved it for us in the morning. I kind of owe them my life now.

Places we want to hit next time:
Miminashi (Japanese “soft cream”) *rad interior + exterior
Cadet Wine Bar
ZuZu Tapas
La Taberna
Oenotri
Napkins Bar + Grill
Carneros Inn (that pool though!)
Shed (Healdsburg–majorly wanting to visit!!!)

We can’t wait to go back!

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Photography by: Josiah Velasquez + me
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