#tbt: MBFW sample - Erin's Napa Bachelorette

Looking to do a bachelorette weekend in Napa? Here's one we planned to get you started!

About the group:

There were seven of us, a perfect cross-section of Erin’s life: home/high school, college, law school, and post-college friends, and at every life stage (from single to married with a baby.) All Southern and mostly Texan (and all proud of that!) We incorporated a few Texas elements into the weekend to reflect Erin’s Houston roots.

 Why Napa?

It was an easy choice – Napa is Erin’s jam. She’s been multiple times, and loves it there. It was also a natural extension of her regular Monday night wine tastings + trashy TV law school study breaks.

Where we stayed:

A house we found through VRBO in St. Helena, a beautiful town in Napa.

What it cost:

We were a smaller group and were staying over a long holiday weekend, so our total costs came out to around ~$1,140 (excluding flights) per person for four days/ three nights.

  • Housing: $350/ person
  • Car rental and gas: $150
  • Limo: $150
  • Meals out (plus coffee, ice cream, etc.): $200
  • Tastings (7 over 2 days): $70
  • Bike tour: $170
  • Groceries: $50

What we did:

Friday:

  • Mid-day: Everyone arrived – we coordinated flight schedules, rented cars at the airport, and drove down in a few waves. A few girls got there early and picked up groceries and drinks. They also decorated the house with streamers and balloons (including a balloon dress outside!)
  • 8pm: Drove to dinner at Market in St. Helena. Delicious light American eats and excellent wine.

Saturday:

  • 8am: Early breakfast of English muffins and eggs (doused in hot sauce, obviously).
  • 9:30am: Limo pick-up for winery visits. We used National Limo, which we really liked – package came with champagne and water (very necessary), and our driver was great.
  • 10am: Duckhorn. A boutique, family-oriented vineyard with a seated tasting. They were knowledgeable and shared interesting facts about the wine (along with a few extra tastings!)
  • 11:30am: Longmeadow. Another beautiful vineyard/ranch. Here we did a both a red and white tasting (we particularly remember a good buttery sauv blanc), along with an olive oil tasting (yum!)
  • 12:15pm: Lunch at Farmstead at Longmeadow. This was fantastic – a super foodie place where we sat outside (and they served us wine in a beaker). The food was very fresh and tasty, not too heavy (although we definitely tried the giant mac and cheese) but enough to keep us going through a long day of wine tastings.
  • 2:00pm: Silver Oak. Absolutely beautiful property, good wine, and we got a free glass.!
  • 3:30pm: Mumm Napa. Loved this place. It had outdoor seating and a sparkling wine tasting, which was a perfect way to wrap up the day. Other highlights: a non-alcoholic wine (great since one of us was pregnant), a red sparkling wine (awesome!). We also wanted to make sure we stopped here since Erin was going to be serving their wine at her wedding.
  • 5pm: Finally made it back to the house and rested before dinner.
  • 8:30pm: Dinner at Tra Vigne. Excellent food (particularly the non-veg options), a wonderful, funny waitress, and a beautiful outdoor seating area full of strung-up lights.

Sunday:

  • 8am: Early breakfast
  • 9:30am: Headed out for Napa Valley Bike tour (note: they also have an office in Sonoma). We really enjoyed this experience – we’d given them a shortlist of places we wanted to go on our private tour (usually available for parties greater than 8, but they were nice enough to give it to our group of 7) and then they designed the final route. Teresa, our tour guide, filled us in on facts about wine and grape growing (like why there always roses planted near the grapes – not just for decoration!) and helped us find some special off-the-menu deals. Another bonus: there was a van to hold the wine (and anyone who got tired or couldn't bike.)
  • 10:45am: Biked for about an hour to Stags Leap. Loved the wine there (we bought a LOT), and great outside tasting under umbrellas where we could fully enjoy the lovely view.
  • 12:30pm: A short ten minute bike ride got us to Clos Du Val, where they had cabana-type areas set up for the tastings. Along with the wine, we picked up some snacks (wine filled truffles!). We had lunch there arranged by the bike company – a full spread from a local upscale sandwich place.
  • 2:30pm: Another ten minute ride or so to our last stop at Silenus, which we also really enjoyed, particularly our (extremely funny) tasting guide and our off-the-menu dry rose!
  • 4pm – late: Back to the house for some classic Texas appetizers (Velveeta and Ro-Tel, guac), homemade fajitas, and Erin's lingerie party and games.

Monday

  • Morning: Time to return to reality! We enjoyed one last meal at Napa Farms Market in the airport before boarding flights home.