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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. 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, tours, and tastings, hot air balloon ride, and champagne brunch, Napa Valley Wine Train, breakfasts and dinners, transportation during the entire stay (including airport transfers from Sacramento), your expert hosts, and a 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, but single occupancy can be arranged on request for an additional fee.
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 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 an area restaurant, such as Basalt.
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.