Girls’ getaways are quickly becoming the popular go-to for brides planning their last few days of freedom, and if Vegas isn’t quite your style, think about getting away with the girls in Napa Valley! To get the skinny on one of the world’s top destinations for wine lovers, we’ve consulted with The Bach, an online bachelorette party planning resource that provides fun bachelorette party ideas, a carefully curated list of venue recommendations, and all the tools you need to simplify the planning process. Founder Joanne Barken and her team are spilling their top tips for the perfect girls’ getaway to Napa Valley, and let’s just say we might already have our suitcases packed!
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Wine Tours in Napa Valley
There are so many ways to explore wine country during the day that it can be tough to choose what is best for your group. If the bride loves a bit of adventure, view the vineyards from above and start the day with a hot air balloon ride! With Balloons Above the Valley, you will launch early in the morning and catch the sunrise. After landing, your group can enjoy champagne and a huge brunch spread.
Napa Valley Bike Tours is the perfect option for an outdoorsy bride-to-be. At a casual pace you will bike through either Napa Valley or Sonoma, and make several stops at wineries. They will handle making appointments for your group, and will also provide lunch.
Want something a little more traditional? Check out Platypus Tours for both private and group wine tours. They also offer an old fashioned wine train for a unique way to see the scenery.
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Spa Locations in Napa Valley
Recover from a day of wine tasting by planning a spa day with the girls. There are plenty of luxurious venues that are perfect for a Napa Valley bachelorette party. Spa Terra is built entirely underground and is filled with steam grottos, soaking pools, treatment alcoves, waterfalls, and radiant heating. They offer massages, facials, aromatherapy, stone therapy, body scrubs, exfoliation, body wraps and more.
The Spa at Carneros Inn offers a truly unique experience. Nestled among vineyards and farmlands, you can enjoy scenic views of Napa Valley while lounging by the pool. Even if you are not staying at the inn, you can book a Day Spa pass and indulge in luxurious treatments and take advantage of a complimentary guest cottage while you are there.
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Dining in Napa Valley
There is no shortage of great food in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Stop into Bouchon Bakery for some breakfast pastries and be sure to pick up some of their famous macarons to snack on later. For lunch you can’t go wrong with juicy burgers and creamy milkshakes from Gott’s Roadside. Want to picnic at a winery? Order gourmet sandwiches ahead from Oakville Grocery for a delicious lunch.
The upscale restaurant scene in Napa Valley creates the perfect opportunity to get dressed up with the girls. If your group is looking to splurge, Farm, Morimoto Napa, and The French Laundry all provide exceptional service and unbelievable food. Want something a little more casual? La Condes offers flavorful Mexican fare and a casual vibe for your next Napa Valley bachelorette party. Oenotri is also a great choice for Italian food and is known for their homemade pastas.
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