Hey Napa Forum folks. First, thanks to everyone especially Russ and Syrahgirl for your insight and helpfulness on the forum, although I had been before it helped alot.
A friend of mine came to wine country 10/12-19 for a wedding. First, perfect weather! Our plan of attack, location. We stayed at two locations. One, Adagio Inn in St. Helena for north (up) valley and south valley at the Carneros Inn. Two very diffent locations and types of accomodations, both spectacular. Our inn keeper at Adagio, Polly was fun and fantastic, breakfast delicious, wine of porch with fellow inn "stayers" every night was great and something to look forward to. The Carneros was perfect, as you may have seen very "varied" opinions, but for me it was great. While at Adagio we enjoyed walking town in evening and getting feel of the "locals" in the valley, we were lucky enough to experience harvest festival complete with pet parade. The sights at Carneros (despite construction) were what the valley is all about, vineyards, agriculture, mountains as far as you can see. I could go on and on, but suffice to say everywhere folks were great and welcoming and truly in love with where they live.
TERRA-Very good and great venue, wait staff could be much more knowledgable and PERSONABLE.
MARKET-Great feel, upscale with a comfortable feel and great "comfort" food-Best mac & cheese ever..the wait staff added to the experience by being approachable and welcoming.
ANGELE-Beautiful location, small feeling, great for lunch on the river.
HILL TOP & BOON FLY CAFE-(both on property at Carneros) once there I did not want to leave after tasting wine all day, but they did not dissappoint..delicious and varied menu.
AUBERGE DU SOLEIL-Great place to look at and from (the view is great at sunset, trying to squeeze in as much as possible we did drink and appetizer and it was enough.
Two places for lunch-Sonoma Boulangerie in the square, cute, packed cafe with great salads, bread and chees and the ever present Oakville Grocery-leave time for the check out line, but everything you could want for a picnic.
WINERIES: I will do separate post for our plan of attack and beating the traffic, too much for here.
Finally, the spa at Carneros. It is small personal spa and I found it to be just what the doctor ordered. It was unpretentious and welcoming, no push to buy all the products and what a true spa should be. A relaxing, rejuvenating oasis. I can't say enough about the professional staff, my services were perfect.
Hope this helps.