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The Best Tip for Visiting Napa Valley

Napa Valley has been my dream destination for quite some time. And with a big birthday rolling around (40 GASP!), I desperately wanted to make it happen. We began planning earlier this year, and thanks to my Napa gurus (Hi Jill,  Kristy, and Kerry) - our itinerary was set.

There are over 500 vineyards in the area and with limited time, we wanted to go to a few big ones but preferred the quiet, less touristy places. Another thing we knew we wanted to do was set aside free time to explore. If you are or someone you know ever has plans for Napa, Sonoma, Yountville or the surrounding areas, I URGE you to get a driver. Susan at  My Napa Valley Driver was easily the BEST part of our vacation, and she is simply my BEST tip for vacationing in Napa Valley.

A driver in Napa - especially with this company - will make your trip livelier, more inviting, and safe. Susan was amazing for so many reasons.

The Hidden Gems

On our first full day with her, we were starving at lunchtime. We had some suggestions from friends, but Susan asked to take us to her favorite place. When we pulled up to La Luna, we saw it was an old gas station/convenience store. She swore they had the best quesadillas and tacos. These Texans were up for the challenge! I can easily say these were the BEST authentic, cheesy quesadillas I have ever had. We are still talking about it - and we live in the land of Tex-Mex!

Later that afternoon, she insisted we take a coffee break. If you know my love of coffee, you know I couldn't resist. Oakville Grocery Co. was the epitome of coffee house heaven. I ordered the SEA SALT CARAMEL LATTE because WHAT?! Paired with a lemon tart, that afternoon treat hit the spot. I miss that coffee everyday.

On our last day with her, we had some extra time before dinner, so she took us to another vineyard for a quick tasting. Without her knowing the ways around and the best places to see, we may have missed this chance - and who wants to miss a chance with wine? Not me.

The Pictures

We had our phones ready for captures - we documented the scenery and our awe of the vineyards. But, with Susan, she pretty much did it for us. While we did our tastings, she would come in every now and then to snap a photo. This way, we could relax at trying to capture every single thing. We got group shots, couple shots, jumping shots (see above), and just any shot with a gorgeous background. The pictures she snapped of us are easily my favorites.

The Nuturing

Our moms would be happy to hear that Susan took care of us each day. She brought a cooler of waters and even had fantastic snacks. We devoured our very own cheese bar on the road one day - she thought we'd need a snack before our next tasting. Nothing heavy - just something to settle our tummies and keep us fueled before the next go-round.

At one point, she gave us each a bottle of water and pretty much demanded we chug it. She had little ways of looking out for us. On our one day without her (where the ladies hit the spa), Susan texted me to make sure I was getting refreshed. We loved her for being there for us - so unexpected to have on this dream trip.

The Organization

She kept a copy of our itinerary and kept track of our reservations.  If we were late for one, she would call the vineyard to let them know we were behind. Susan also offered to pick up food for us while we were tasting - texting menu options in case we were starved. And trust me, we pretty much ate all of Napa.

I'm not going to lie - we miss her! We were a crazy bunch, but she kept up with us in humor and patience. She was a part of my dream trip I didn't ever think would happen. Her final text to us really made us all teary - what a beautiful soul!

If you ever plan a trip to Napa, the BEST tip I can offer is to get a driver. And go a step ahead - find one like sweet, sassy Susan!

There's more to share about our Napa vacay - there are so many MUST-DOs while you are there, and I can't wait to share them with you!


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