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Valentine’s Day in the Napa Valley

by Karen on February 1, 2012

The Napa Valley is a romantic destination that uniquely pairs top notch food with world class wines, gorgeous views and a generally low key feel.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to share a few suggestions on special places to visit and romantic things to do in the Napa Valley with your sweetheart.

If you’re looking to ‘go big,’ here’s a carefully crafted Valentine’s weekend Napa Valley itinerary designed to keep your taste buds entertained and your body relaxed and refreshed.

So where do the locals go?

Here are recommendations from local experts on the ‘most romantic’ spots in the Napa Valley.

“If we’re banned from Meadowood, my wife and I love a spot just above the Bale Grist Mill off of Hwy 29. There are some great hiking trails and if you get up high enough you can see a lot of the valley. We really live in quite a beautiful place.” –Michael Ireland, wine director, The Restaurant at Meadowood

“Kenzo Estate in the mountains east of Napa off Monticello rd. It is isolated and beautiful, an immaculately manicured vineyard amphitheater. The most peaceful and serene spot in the valley.” –Jeff Creamer, wine director, Brix

“The Valley is such a beautiful place anywhere you can sit with a glass of wine and look out at some its spectacular views, the bar at Auberge, a vineyard view room at The Harvest Inn, the hills above Calistoga. We are all so spoiled to live in an area with so many choices.” –Jim Gallagher, wine director, Cole’s Chop House

“Other than Auberge du Soleil to me that place would be Meadowood. I was married there so it will always be a special place for me and my wife. We held the ceremony on the lawn next to the 3rd tee and while we were waiting for the ceremony to start a foursome came through. I remember our wedding party given the golfers polite ‘golf applause’ as each golfer hit off the tee. Classic.” –Kris Margerum, wine director, Auberge du Soleil

What’s on your list of most romantic Napa Valley spots?

About the Author

has written 195 posts on The Cork Board. She's lived in the heart of the Napa Valley for nearly a decade and is a foodie with a love of photography. Follow her on Twitter @KRJ99 and visit her website.

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