Auberge Du Soleil
Not all couples want to head off to some far-flung international destination for their Honeymoon. For those who don’t want to leave the U.S., why not consider the romantic and luxurious Napa Valley in sunny California? Few places can rival the rolling hills and world-renowned vineyards of California’s wine country, an hour and a half north of San Francisco.
Napa Valley and Sonoma County both offer breathtakingly gorgeous countryside for those who love the outdoors, amazing restaurants for foodies, and endless tasting rooms for wine-lovers. Honeymooners can easily spend a week here—but couples that just have time for a mini-moon can pack in plenty of adventure as well. There are dozens of romantic, luxurious resorts, inns, lodges and B&B’s….someplace for everyone. Many rooms have their own fireplace, private patio or balcony, Jacuzzi tubs and more. Many properties have spas for a little, or a lot, of pampering too.
With more than 400 vineyards that dot Napa and Sonoma valleys. Couples can visit large wineries for impromptu tours and tastings, but some boutique wineries may require reservations. Venture underground too, below Rutherford Hill in Napa Valley, for some of the largest wine caves in America. Couples can see the valley by train during a 3-hour brunch, lunch, dinner or theme ride from Napa to St. Helena and back on the Napa Valley Wine Train. There are even some wineries where couples can make an appointment to create their very own wine. What could be more romantic than that?
The town of Calistoga is famous for its spas and hot springs. And for those interested in antiques, the town of Petaluma in Sonoma, offers Sebastopol’s Antique Row (with hundreds of dealers) and the Collective Shops of Healdsburg. In downtown Napa, visit Alice’s Napa Vintage Market.
Napa Valley Aloft
Romance fills the air with a panoramic view of wine country, even San Francisco and the Sierras on a clear day, in a tranquil hot-air-balloon ride. Couples can also enjoy a wonderful picnic after visiting one of the many delis or cafes. They can purchase their picnic items, grab a bottle of wine and a blanket, then head out to one of several spots for a secluded picnic for two.
Napa and Sonoma are romantic destinations that can be enjoyed by honeymoon couples who love great resorts, amazing food and superb wines, along with numerous outdoor activities.
– Melanie Jascoviez CTC / DS
Resort photos provided by Aberge Du Soleil