Traveling is always amazing but special people can make a trip even more amazing as happened to me last month when I had to chance to travel to Downtown Napa with Dana, one of the Luxury TravelingMom writers. Dana and I have always gotten along fabulously; she is one of those people I can simply just “be” with. There is no need to fill air space; it just is. That to me is one of the most important things to look for when I consider traveling with someone. A girlfriend getaway with Dana to visit and explore Downtown Napa was just what I needed and it may be just what you need as well. The area has so much to offer all travelers and is full of everything ladies need during a travel retreat.
One of my favorite aspects of traveling to Downtown Napa is that I can walk everywhere. From the theater to lunch and visiting wineries and back to my hotel at the end of the day, it is just a walk away. For a girlfriend getaway, this adds so much to a trip. Conversations, shopping and spontaneous discoveries happen more during these walks.
Dana, Luxury TravelingMom, and I both have a deep passion for wine which added to the fun of discovering new wines and getting reacquainted with some I had not seen in awhile. There truly are so many wines to try and tasting rooms to visit right in Downtown Napa; that means more than one trip is a must. But don’t be shy to Downtown Napa if you are not a deep wine lover; craft beers and unique cocktails can be found easily throughout the entire area and offer their own unique conversation starters.
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Traveling offers the chance to break away from the normal routine and distractions that come with it – an opportunity to connect with those I am traveling with. Traveling to Downtown Napa takes that to an even deeper level with the small town feel; shop owners tell stories, ask questions and express interest in life – your life. It reminds me of the special conversations I would have with my grandma and grandpa when they were alive; the stories that took time and showed a respect and interest in the here and now. Because this is something I fear is leaving our society with all of the advancements in social media, it makes it even more special each and every time I visit Downtown Napa.
Filled with countless restaurants and places to dine and drink the day away, it is important to savor the tastes of Downtown Napa while you visit. If you want to relax and see a bit of the Valley, The Wine Train is a great way to combine the best of eats and drinks. A favorite of mine, Ninebark, should be added to any travel agenda; it is the perfect place to grab a drink, cocktail, apps or a full meal. The outdoor second floor patio is unforgettable and lights up the night so enjoying this hot spot during the dusk and evening hours offers a special ambiance.
Because what is a girlfriend getaway without shopping? Whether it is wine, trinkets, clothes, or what not, the streets of Downtown Napa are filled with shops both big and small. Strolling the streets and popping in to explore as your heart decides is such a fulfilling feeling while on vacation, especially while on a much needed girlfriend getaway.
For travelers who enjoy explore both indoors and outdoors, Downtown Napa is full of things to do. Dana and I kayaked the Napa River for over two hours while enjoying some great laughs, nature encounters, and the joy that we both take in time outdoors. Uptown Napa Theatre pulls in national talent with its state of the art sound system; talents like Jonny Lang, Craig Ferguson, Cheap Trick and The Charlie Daniels Band are just some of the bands travelers can experience while visiting Downtown Napa. With so much to do in the area, travelers can take comfort in knowing they can walk safely between destinations and just focus on the area and the joy of travel.
While it is important to have fun during a girlfriend getaway it is equally as important to recharge so you can head home with renewed energy. Napa River Inn is one of my favorite places to stay in Downtown Napa because of the boutique feel and lush accommodations.
Whether taking a trip with a girlfriend or that special someone, Downtown Napa offers a special ambiance that caters to every traveler while leaving you feeling right at home.