Today, on ze blog, I am sharing our Napa Valley bachelorette party itinerary from this past weekend. In case you don’t follow along on Instagram, I was just in wine country celebrating my little sister who is set to get married next month. (Btw – if you aren’t following me on IG, you should be 😉 I sprinkle life’s moments on stories every now and then.) The trip went by way too fast; I wish we could’ve stayed longer. Nonetheless, we made the best of our circumstances and maximized our time together.
Before diving deep into the deets, I have to say, I was very surprised by the extreme hot weather we had to deal with. (God bless those who actually live there and have to deal with the scare of wildfires.) Little did I know I would be escaping hellish humidity only to experience dry, burning hot weather. Life works in mysterious ways. We obviously made the best of it and managed to have the best girls trip. I am looking forward to my little sister’s big day to continue the celebration! Having said that, let’s jump into our itinerary details.
Our Stay: The Olea Hotel
We ended up booking our stay in Glen Ellen, CA at the Olea Hotel, which was about 30 minutes southwest of Napa Valley, CA. It was my first time staying in Glen Ellen, and I must say, it was a charming little town. Honestly, who am I kidding? I find any small town in this region cute and charming.
From the moment we booked our stay, until we checked out, The Olea Hotel staff was incredible. They catered to every need and were helpful throughout the process. Shoutout to Kent, Chris, and Kathryn for being responsive, sweet, and caring. I could tell they cared about each of their guests and ensured to do everything within their power to create a pleasant experience. They didn’t take long to respond to emails, addressed every concern, and even accepted my Amazon packages! I was amazed by their support simply because they could’ve easily said no to my requests. Beyond grateful for their help.
I have no complaints regarding the bed, room, or grounds. Everything was clean, the views were beautiful, and their breakfast was A1! By the way, the breakfast is included in the stay and they offer 2-course meals every morning. Oh, and free wine every evening! They have little nooks throughout the entire property to sit back, pause, and enjoy. The pool is also open 24/7 so I think that’s pretty neat if you have the energy to go for a swim after exploring the wineries. We were on a strict timeline so we didn’t spend much time at the hotel, otherwise, you could have found me by the fireplace enjoying a glass of sauvignon blanc reading my book, Period Power, which by the way I finally finished on the plane back home.
Lunch Reservation: The Bistro at Auberge du Soleil
After almost two hours of waiting for our rental car, we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to end up at our first reservation of our first day in Napa Valley. I booked a reservation at The Bistro weeks in advance because I was aware it would be busy on Labor Day weekend. Thankfully, we were able to push out our original reservation time and they accommodated us without a problem.
The main reason I wanted to bring my sister to The Bistro was because of the impeccable views it has to offer. We ordered a bunch of small plates, drank lots of rosé, and took a bunch of photos. I was so happy to see my sister (and the girls) happy! The staff was incredibly nice and friendly. They knew the occasion and ensured we had a great time (we probably requested 99 photos, haha). Our waiter was also so sweet by congratulating my sister-in-law for expecting a baby with a small piece of chocolate. It’s the little things, ya know?
Also quick side note – The Bistro has won 13 consecutive Michelin Star awards. If that doesn’t tell you to come visit here, I don’t know what will. I think it is a must at least once in your lifetime.
First Winery: Domaine Carneros
If my garden doesn’t look like the one at Domaine Carneros, I don’t want it. (Just kidding, just kidding.) But seriously, they have a gorgeous landscape design. This french-inspired chateau was completed in 1989, and it is another must-see. One of my best girlfriends brought me here on my first visit to Napa and it left a great impression on me, I figured to bring the little sis here too. She ended up loving it, in fact, I think this was her top favorite winery because of the presentation. They are famously known for sparkling wine and do a great job describing each flight. Each flight comes with four tastings and they place each glass above a laminated menu with descriptions of each champagne. Quite clever, if you ask me. (Because let’s be real, it’s overwhelming tasting each wine and remembering the descriptors.)
Highly recommend visiting this winery if you love and appreciate boujee vibes. It’s chic, classic, and elegant. And if you know me, I am all about that!
Second Winery: Darioush Winery
This was my first time visiting Darioush and I loved it! The architecture was beyond words stunning. I was obsessed, I actually filmed parts of the winery to eventually create a TikTok video in hopes of reaching people who have yet to see this place! It almost felt like I was visiting a different country.
Darioush was founded in 1997 by Darioush Khaledi, an Iranian man who was on the pursuit of the American dream. The Darioush estate comprises 120 acres along the Silverado Trail. We had the Portfolio Tasting, and I have to say, I would go back just for the 2018 Signature Viognier. The small plates consisted of traditional persian foods, which were quite interesting. I wasn’t a fan of the lamb meat…other than that, I enjoyed tasting the other foods. I will have to visit again with the hubby sometime in the future.
Third Winery: Castello di Amorosa
Once again, since it was my sister’s first time in Napa, I knew I had to bring her to Castello di Amorosa (Castle of Love). It is a must-see because of its history and architecture. It truly resembles medieval times. A fourth generation winemaker, Dario Sattui, began construction of the castle in 1994. According to its website, it took more than 8,000 tons of hand-chiseled local stone and nearly one million antique bricks imported from Europe to complete the castle. Construction took about 15 years to complete and it opened to the public in April 2007.
Today, Castello di Amorosa is considered an architectural masterpiece with all the elements of an authentic medieval castle: a moat, drawbridge, five towers, high defensive ramparts, courtyards and loggias, a chapel, stables, an armory, and even a torture chamber. 107 rooms in total, no rooms alike. Very impressive!
Pit Stop: Welcome to Napa Valley Sign
If you create a similar itinerary, you will find it very convenient to stop by the Napa Valley Welcome Sign right before you arrive to dinner at the Brix Restaurant & Gardens. Since there’s two Napa Valley signs, be sure to go to the one located at 7598-, 7602 St. Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558. It’s seriously two minutes away from the Brix.
Dinner Reservation: Brix Restaurant & Gardens
This was my second time visiting the Brix for dinner, and I have to say, it didn’t disappoint. (Well, at least not for me. My sis didn’t like her chicken carbonara but I thought it was yummy!) I had the steak frites – classic. And my sister-in-law had the scallops and enjoyed them!
I highly recommend to book dinner reservations here. You’ll catch a beautiful sunset and enjoy peaceful grounds.
The biggest tip I can give you is to book reservations in advance. If you have a doubt, call and ask. It takes two minutes. It is better not to assume anything especially during these unprecedented times.
I hope you found this travel guide useful as you create your very own Napa Valley bachelorette party itinerary. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate in asking. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending a direct message on Instagram. I always respond to all of my messages 😉
Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!
Ps. If you are planning a bachelorette party in the near future, I highly encourage you to check out this blog post for inspiration. I shared all of the decorations used to deck out my sister’s hotel room. You can say rosé all day was the theme 😉 Also, read this blog post from last year to discover additional Napa Valley recs.