CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY
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Among the reasons the Wine Country is ideal for a honeymoon is that unlike such places as Paris or Florence there are no must-dos or must-sees. But there are plenty of options for wine lovers, gourmands, outdoorsy types and even lazybones. Your concierge can help you shape your itinerary. Every resort has special relationships with local businesses that offer activities like hang gliding, hot-air balloon rides or horseback riding. Hiking and biking trails abound as well. And of course you can always stay at your lodgings and swim laps, take a yoga class or get a facial. After you’ve paid your exercise dues, hire a town car through your trusty concierge and visit some wineries (see our suggestions below).
ARTESA VINEYARDS & WINERY
1345 Henry Rd.
This winery used to produce sparkling wines based on parent company Cordoníu’s Spanish varieties. Now, after a modern face-lift and addition of sculpture and paintings by local artist Gordon Heuther, the winery sells primarily still wines, striking out in areas other wineries in the region don’t touch. The Carneros District, whose rolling hills you can see from the hilltop perch at Artesa, is perfect for pinot noir and chardonnay, but the winery also makes wonderful sauvignon blanc, albarino and tempranillo. You can try them all while gazing out at the gorgeous views. Don’t try to get married here, though. It's been said that a bride showed up once in full regalia and had to be turned away.
500 First St.
This food-lovers mecca in downtown Napa has so many things to offer it seems the folks running it never want you to leave. You can wander through the organic herb-producing Edible Gardens ornamental, watch cooking demonstrations, join a wine-tasting group or eat lunch at Julia’s Kitchen (named for Ms. Child, of course). Copia—its full title is Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts—is a foodie church, and events have been developed to celebrate every occasion, season and holiday. Yes, you can get married in the garden—even if you are inviting a thousand people.
THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
2555 Main St.
The other C.I.A. This one offers cooking demonstrations, tasty meals and a fetching terrace on which to linger and decide what to do next. Check the Web site for upcoming classes, but you even can learn a thing or two just stopping for lunch or dinner: The kitchen is open, and it’s better than the Food Network because the cooks are right there making your meal. The menu usually includes some classics, such as French onion soup and cioppino as starters, roasted chicken or day-boat scallops for main courses and crème brulée for dessert. The huge stone building is impressive, and the service is superb.