It used to be that Napa’s city center was a sleepy spot where worn-out wine tasters took to their beds early. But with the revitalized downtown Riverfront area, locals and visitors can find great food, wine tasting rooms, good lodging and a bit a shopping too. The Riverfront district is only ten blocks square and easy to walk.
A few things are constant on our girls’ trips: we’ll go to a sushi restaurant one night and a steakhouse the other. When we go to Napa, we’ll hit up Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant, named Morimoto of course (pictured above), and Cole’s Chop House. Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie and Wine also looks promising with its Southern lean—deviled eggs with fried capers and pork chops with creamy grits. We’re also intrigued with the numerous tasting rooms, fifteen of them when we checked, where you can get an idea of your favorite vintages before you head out on the wine train.
We recommend staying at the AVIA Hotel in the middle of it all, which boasts boutique styling and an organic restaurant of its own. The terrace is pictured above.
For lunch wander through the Oxbow Public Market for casual local fare. The choices vary from Venezuelan to oysters to wine and cheese plates.
Looking for another reason to visit Napa soon? The Napa Valley Film Fest runs November 9th through 13th, 2011.