Wine country is an incredible place to visit just about any time of the year. The holidays, though, can be very stressful at home – the pressure of entertaining, cleaning, cooking, and cleaning again in the aftermath. It can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why Thanksgiving is an extra special time of year to visit Napa. You can kick back, relax, enjoy the gorgeous atmosphere, and allow yourself to be catered to.
The Napa Valley Wine Train
The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the few places where you can actually enjoy a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day itself. Chef Kelly Macdonald is known for creating the perfect turkey, and it will of course be paired with decadent side dishes. Your multi-course meal and wine pairings are served as you enjoy a relaxing 3.5 hour ride through wine country. The price range on Thanksgiving day is $134 to $209 per person. Make sure you make your reservations early.
The Calistoga Inn
The Calistoga Inn is another popular spot for Thanksgiving Dinner. The menu, while somewhat traditional, is also a bit different than you may be used to. Calistoga has been serving Thanksgiving dinner for 25 years and the day sells out quickly, so make your reservations soon. Prices start at $63 per adult (three courses) and $32 for children. The prices range upward for different entrees (like fillet instead of steak) or for additional appetizers.
Celadon is another incredible restaurant serving Thanksgiving dinner. Located in the Historic Napa Mill, the restaurant caters to small families and large groups, so if you book right away you may just be able to bring a large group of family and friends to enjoy Thanksgiving together.
Auberg du Soleil
The restaurant at Auberge du Soleil serves a decadent Thanksgiving meal you won’t soon forget. Think creative dishes like oysters on the half-shell or a stunning fairytale pumpkin soup. The cost usually ranges from $55 for children to $125 per adult. Call or book online to ensure your spaces are reserved.
Napa Valley Hotel and Suites
The Napa Valley Hotel and Suites has a stunning and affordable Thanksgiving package as well. For only $199, you can enjoy a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi and a king size bed. You’ll also receive a free dinner voucher for two valued at $50. You don’t need to use this on Thanksgiving day, either. Book ahead and enjoy the weekend before or after – whenever you’d like.
The holiday season is in full swing but you don’t have to let that become a cause for stress. Book a weekend away or a meal in a gorgeous restaurant and let someone else do all of the work for you. Enjoy!