Explore Napa Valley with Ginger Martin

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The best spots to play outdoors are…

Silverado Golf Course

Meadowood Resort

 

The best spots to get pampered are…

Bardessono Hotel

Solage Resort and Spa

Carneros Inn and Spa

 

The best spots to bask under the sun are…

Solage Resort

-“La Plage” Pool and Cabana at Auberge du Soleil

 

The best spots to watch a sunset are…

Quintessa Winery

Quintessa Winery

-The patio at the Auberge du Soleil restaurant

Quintessa Winery

 

The best spots to find entertainment are…

Napa Valley constantly has some kind of amazing festival or entertainment happening. One of my favorites is the live music event, Bottle Rock Napa Valley, an annual, three-day festival featuring incredible artists. The line-up for 2015 includes Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Tristan Prettyman, and No Doubt, just to name a few. The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is a fabulous venue in Yountville, built on strong community artistic and philanthropic relationships. Symphony Napa Valley is out of this world. Other events in Napa Valley that you don’t want to miss out on include Auction Napa Valley–the undisputed champion of charity wine auctions–and Festival del Sole, which offers 10 days of performances, winery dinners, tastings, concerts, and wellness activities.

 

The best spots to go shopping are…

As a seasoned shopper and fashionista, I take shopping VERY seriously! Main Street in St. Helena is my number one destination when I’m on the hunt for designer pieces. A couple of my favorite boutiques include Pearl and Foot Candy Fab Shoes. I love the personalized, elegant uniqueness of each of these boutiques and highly recommend them to my fellow shopping addicts. The Napa Outlets are great for discount shopping, too.

 

The best spots to meet new people are…

There are countless hip, fabulous restaurants, lounges, and bars sprinkled throughout Napa Valley. On the top of my list is the wraparound deck at Auberge du Soleil, where more than 40 wines are offered by the glass. Not to mention the absolutely breathtaking views of the valley. Solage is my favorite for brunch and Meadowood never disappoints for a Michelin-starred meal. I can’t live without grabbing coffee and delectable pastries at Bouchon in Yountville. Redd Wood, Bottega, and R+D Kitchen are perfect spots for cocktails. PRESS and Goose & Gander are two of my favorite destinations in St. Helena.

 

The best spots to soak in a beach view are…

Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast

 

Although we are located in the valley, we aren’t far from the coast. Stinson Beach in Marin County is the best beach in my opinion, but if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, the Sonoma Coast is idyllic. Point Reyes National Seashore is breathtaking and a fun area to explore or just relax.

 

The best spots to host a social gathering are…

While I love entertaining in both my St. Helena and Sonoma Valley homes, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley is one of the most fabulous art, design, and wine galleries I’ve ever been to and is a great venue for a party and wine tasting! I love Nickel & Nickel in Oakville for food and wine events, and Quintessa in the heart of the Napa Valley is incredible for group tastings or private parties.

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