I have been a fan of Corkcicle for ages, and I have had my eye on their new cooler backpack since it was released. So I was beyond thrilled when they invited me on the #corkciclewinetrail with Travel Mindset, to explore Napa Valley with their wine country products in hand.
We had the most wonderful time, and despite the heat, our wine and picnic lunches stayed perfectly cool, thanks to Corkcicle‘s new Eola cooler bag! You can read all about our weekend below, and see my previous posts on Napa here.
After flying into SFO, we picked up our Wrangler (a must for California!), and grabbed a quick Philz (mint mojito, milk no sugar), and Salt & Straw for the road. Two hours later, we were in Napa Valley, checking into the Senza Hotel and ready to explore. Our first stop was the Oxbow Public Market, for some Ritual Coffee iced lattes and lunch from Gott’s, followed by the Charles Krug Winery. We enjoyed a cheeseboard and a bottle on their spacious lawn, before heading to Farmstead for dinner.
On our second day, we woke up bright and early to check out the Oat Hill Mine Trail at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. We stopped at the Oakville Grocer to stuff my pack with provisions, and then made a second stop at Model Bakery for breakfast sandwiches on their famous english muffins. The backpack kept all of our goods nice and cold, even after hours of adventuring through beautiful (and HOT) Calistoga. After the hike, we brought our lunch to a picnic table at Rutherford Hill Winery, overlooking the valley below. Such a beautiful afternoon!
After lunch, we headed to three more wineries! Duckhorn Vineyards had a gorgeous garden (thank you for the rec, Ashley!), while Domaine Carneros is a Napa staple. In between, we snuck to Yountville for some Bouchon Bakery treats, and some fun in the park. Our last winery was next door to our hotel (Ashes & Diamonds), and was a mid-century modern tasting room quite unique to its surroundings. For dinner, we had a long list of restaurants, but ended up back at Gott’s Roadside. It is the perfect place to go as a family on a summer evening, with plenty of grass for crawling and the most delicious food!
On our last morning, we grabbed coffees from Ritual, breakfast at Southside (had wanted to revisit Boon Fly, but decided to keep the babe napping in the car), and headed back towards SFO. We had about an hour to spare, so wandered down Fillmore to Alamo Square and back, with just enough time for Cap’n Crunch cookies from Jane.
Until next time, California!