Napa, Sonoma, Tahoe: just a drive away but worlds apart. If you’re planning to hop in the car this month, here are some new things to check out in a few of our favorite destinations.
Howell Mountain: Taco Truck Harvest Lunches at Ladera Vineyards
Ever had wine with Mexican? Grab nine of your closest friends for an alfresco harvest lunch at Ladera, where world-class cabs are paired with, yes, tacos from local truck Tacos Michoacan.
Yountville: Thomas Keller Labor Day Weekend
If you’ve got, oh, $2,750 burning a hole in your pocket (and, ahem, an Amex), spend Labor Day weekend with Thomas Keller. It includes dinner in the garden at French Laundry, a cooking demo by the culinary deity himself, and more.
Tahoe: The Ritz-Carlton Highlands
Can’t afford a room at the lush Ritz-Carlton Highlands at Northstar? Go to the spa instead, which has a grown-ups-only pool. Traci Des Jardins’s Manzanita for spot-on Cali cuisine (house-made pasta, a to-die-for burger) is obligatory.
Livermore Valley: Wente Vineyards Garden Tours
If you’ve been to the summer concerts, you know the property is gorgeous. Experience it in a whole new way on select Thursdays this summer with a tour of the herb and veggie gardens, followed by a two-course lunch.
Check out the Hotel Healdsburg’s new sister location, a sustainable inn with a creek-side pool. If you weary of pinot tasting, hit the hotel restaurant, Spoonbar, for cocktails from Scott Beattie and seasonal Mediterranean fare.
Geyserville: Rustic, Francis’s Favorites
The just-opened restaurant at the newly renovated Francis Ford Coppola Winery serves Mr. Coppola’s faves from around the globe, many prepped on an Argentine-style parrilla. Think dishes like classic steak Fiorentino.
Photos: Courtesy of Ladera Vineyards; Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton; Courtesy of H2
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