When the sun starts to shine between the clouds, I start thinking of my favorite Bay Area destination--Napa. Sure it's cliche but I am so grateful to have such a treasure in my backyard. Napa is very fabulous and very big so that is why I have narrowed down it for you. Of course, going up to the Napa Valley is all about two things--eating and drinking. To go up to Napa to do anything else would just be silly! Enjoy the list and let me know if you have any other places that I left off!
Stop by for their fabulous french macaroons. The line is always out the door but it moves quickly. http://www.bouchonbakery.com/
Frog's Leap Winery
You can either get reservations here or not, it is one of my favorite places in Napa. You can sit out on their wrap around porch and enjoy a flight of wine paired with cheeses and dried fruit from their garden.
This place is so much fun. More on the commercial side but you can get a delicious flight of champagne and sit out on the patio. You also get to keep the glass that you taste with. Don't need reservations here.
This winery is further up near Calistoga/St. Helena area. It was just redone and their wines are very famous. It is a little older of a crowd but the setting of the house in the vineyards is beautiful.
If you want something kind of trendy and less like a winery, this art gallery/tasting location is a great place. It is in downtown Yountville in a adorable stone building and if it is nice outside, you can sit in the garden. The antiques they sell are super expensive but the wine tastings aren't. You would need reservations here.
This place has a valet out front but it is actually pretty relaxed. It looks like they just re-did the whole building and it is new to the valley. The wines are decent and the fountain and setting is really pretty.
Bistro Jeanty (Yountville)
The best tomato soup covered with a pastry shell I've ever had. I also had moules frites here and it was so authentic tasting. Really fun and cute.
Uva Trattoria (Napa)
I love this place. It is family style Italian, not pretentious just really good food.
Oxbow Farmers Market (Napa)
This is a great place to stop and get ingredients for a picnic. It is basically a mini version of the San Francisco Ferry Building.
Sweetie Pies (Napa)
This place has the best lemon meringue pie I have ever had. They even have it mini size.