Enjoy a Sumptuous Weekend in Napa Valley

Fine wine in elegant settings, a romantic bed and breakfast, and stunning valley views describe Trouvaille’s special weekend in Napa, California. Take in the landscape from a restored, vintage train riding on a 150-year-old railway, as they serve a three-hour fresh, local dining experience, which includes a chance to meet the chef.

For an even more expansive view, Sunday morning begins with a sixty-minute hot air balloon ride, followed by champagne brunch. In the air, see from the wineries of Napa all the way to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

All-Inclusive Winery Tours

In Napa, they call wine “bottled poetry.” We give this “poetry” a chance to speak to us with two in-depth winery tours and tastings. Scenic views of the grounds from an aerial tram ride start our visit to Sterling Vineyards. Luxury and education meet at the winery, where we experience four small-production wine reserves and their strategically paired amuse-bouches.

Built in 1888 with a clever stone construction, the Chateau Montelena Winery resembles a moss-covered Gothic castle. Nestled at the base of Mount Saint Helena, the grounds include a lake and gardens. Our tasting includes time to stroll through and enjoy the landscape. In 1976, this winery brought Napa into worldwide esteem. Until that time, French wine was the undisputed world best. At a blind tasting in France with French judges, the 1973 Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena took first prize.

Your hosts for this experience are Paul Hardersen and Sarah Nolan-Hardersen. The trip is almost all-inclusive, with double-occupancy accommodations, a welcome package, breakfasts, and dinners, winery tours and tastings, a hot air balloon ride with champagne brunch, the Napa Valley Wine Train, transportation during the weekend, and airport transfers from Sacramento included. Airfare is not included.

An Enchanting Escape

The Candlelight Inn Bed and Breakfast is a charming, romantic Inn a few minutes from downtown Napa. Admired for warm hospitality, attentive staff, and comfortable accommodations, they serve a freshly made three-course breakfast each morning. Outside, a tree-lined garden frames the pool and Jacuzzi.

With Trouvaille’s Napa Valley experience, escape for the weekend to a foodie paradise with countryside scenery and legendary award-winning wines. You can see the detailed weekend itinerary here. Book soon to guarantee your place.

Here are the details

Join Trouvaille for a relaxing, yet exhilarating weekend in Napa Valley, California, for a weekend of wineries, balloon rides, train rides, great wine, and a gourmet food experience. Trouvaille travelers stay at the beautiful Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast (or similar accommodations). Enjoy two in-depth winery tours and tastings, fine dining in the evenings at select restaurants, a dinner ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, plus a walking tour of downtown Napa. The weekend is designed to be a relaxing, fun, getaway weekend.


Included: Accommodations, winery visits and tasting experiences at Sterling Vineyards and Chateau Montelena, a hot air balloon ride and champagne brunch with Balloons Above the Valley, a 3-hour gourmet dinner on the Napa Wine Train, all breakfasts and dinners, transportation during the entire stay (including airport transfers from Sacramento), your Trouvaille hosts, and a wine-inspired Trouvaille welcome package. Airfare is not included.

Your hosts: Paul Hardersen and Sarah Nolan-Hardersen. At Candlelight Inn, we are proud to offer a variety of room options to attendees. These are double occupancy.

Daily itinerary


Arrivals, transfers from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to Candlelight Inn, followed by an evening reception in the courtyard at Candlelight Inn. Guests receive a wine-centric welcome gift set upon their arrival, meet each other, enjoy appetizers, wine, and good conversation.


We will then depart for dinner in downtown Napa at Basalt: http://www.basaltnapa.com/, a restaurant that specializes in meals focused on local California cuisine.


We begin the day with Candlelight Inn’s delicious three-course breakfast, followed by a ride to Sterling Vineyards for the Platinum Experience wine tour and tasting. The Platinum Experience includes an elegant tasting that pairs tapas with specific uncommon wines, as well as descriptions of the wines and their vintages. We also meet the head chef and learn about the choice of pairings.

This is followed by a self-guided tour of the winery to see the wine-making process, sample more wines, and tour the facilities. Afterward, we drive to downtown Napa to explore the downtown area, shops, wine tasting rooms, museums, and art galleries. The weather is beautiful this time of year. The next stop after a short break at the Inn is to return downtown to board the Napa Valley Wine Train for a three-hour dinner experience on a classically restored train. This is old-time luxury dining at its best!


We rise early to get ready for our hot air balloon ride courtesy of Balloons Above the Valley.  It’s worth the effort as we’ll enjoy a thrilling 60-90 minute balloon ride above Napa Valley replete with views of the valley, Sonoma, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge. We return to a champagne brunch where you enjoy a gourmet breakfast, champagne, and the option to purchase a photo of your ballooning experience. If you’ve never been on a hot air balloon, you need to do this! 

Afterward, we have more time to stroll around downtown Napa before we zoom over to Chateau Montelena for another wine tasting experience. Stroll around the winery and beautiful, wooded area with a scenic lake. We then return to the Inn, rest and refresh, and depart for a fine dinner at Torc in downtown Napa.


We will share our final breakfast together at the Inn, followed by transfers to the airport for departures. Our hosts will be available for all post-trip travel assistance.

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