Napa Valley is one of those classic destinations that has somehow managed to trump trends. It’s just always a good idea, particularly during the spring months of April & May. And as a travel advisor, it’s one of the more popular destinations I’ve been getting inquiries on lately. So I thought I’d share a few of my personal recommendations – from where to stay and eat, to the winery that always makes it into my itineraries. Plus the perfect Taigan shift dress to have you touring the wineries in comfort and style.

Get There

Fly into San Francisco, rent a car at the airport. Napa Valley is about 1-hr from the city.


The Carneros Inn | 4048 Sonoma Highway | Napa


Redd | 6480 Washington Street | Yountville

Must-Visit Winery

Kenzo Estate for its Bouchon Bakery sandwich pairing on their outdoor patio (Reservation required)



Start at Schramsburg, sparkling wine, great way to ease into a day of wine drinking (Reservation req’d)

Here are a few Napa-inspired Taigan finds:

Aron Pencil Dress by Antik Batik | $335

Tip: Comfortable, stylish for a day of touring wineries.

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Nantucket Wine Carrier by Hancock Baskets | $74.99

Tip: Bring your own wine carrier for that special bottle of wine to take home.

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Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil by St. Helena Olive Oil Co. | $24

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Organic Grey Sea Salt by St. Helena Olive Oil Co. | $12

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Chardonnay 2010 Napa Valley by VGS Chateau Potelle Winery | $45

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Eisch Classic Wine Decanter by Corzine & Co. | $155

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Lavender Body Butter by Napa Valley Bath Co. | $22

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Happy Travels,


Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a Virtuoso travel agency & SmartFlyer affiliate, specializing in business & luxury leisure travel worldwide. For more information on Lila’s Napa Valley itineraries and exclusive benefits at The Carneros Inn (upgrade on arrival subject to availability, daily breakfast for two, and $100 Spa credit) contact Lila at

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