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This is a seriously luxurious culinary and wine-filled adventure in Northern California plus time at a world-class spa! The days and nights will feature meet and greets with important women from the Northern California wine and hospitality world and you’ll rest your head at two exceptional resorts. After the pain of 2020, isn’t it time that you treat yourself to a girls’ weekend in Northern California wine country? During this long VIP weekend, you’ll focus on pampering yourself at a world-class spa, meet interesting and important women in the trade to learn what inspires them. And there will be room for some serious adventure. You’ll feast at the best of this region’s unique market-driven culinary outposts, and you’ll steal some time for shopping and simply relaxing.
During this women wine tour, you will be staying two nights at Harmon House Hotel and another two nights at Indian Springs Calistoga. The accommodation is organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places you stay in. If you’re traveling with a friend/relative or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, GG2P can usually organize double occupancy and a reduction in cost. In this case, you will save 650 USD if you share your room.
Indian Springs Calistoga is unique among Calistoga hot springs resorts. All the natural elements found in their pools and spa treatments come entirely from their own land. Four on-site thermal geysers supply a constant stream of mineral water, plus a substantial deposit of pure volcanic ash runs through the property. Water and ash are combined to create the mud in their famous mud baths, and the water itself is fed directly into the mineral pool, steam rooms, and Buddha pond.
You’ll want to arrive on the early side at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). You’ll be whisked away from the airport heading north to Healdsburg in upper Sonoma Valley for our next two nights. Snacks will be provided for the journey which is just over one hour.
GG2P reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up! Once in Healdsburg, a charming town in Sonoma County, you’ll meet up with Kim Stare Wallace, the co-owner of Dry Creek Vineyard, a family-owned business for the past 50 years. Kim will lead you through a VIP wine-tasting of some of their best offerings alongside some nibbles of renowned local cheeses. After the tasting, you’ll check into the chic and charming Harmon House Hotel.
Free time this afternoon to walk around the picture-perfect town of Healdsburg for shopping and inspiration at Gallery Lulo, Tamarind, Susan Graff, LimeStone, Cupcake, Oska and more. Or, you may prefer to stay and rest back at the hotel. If you need a pick-me-up, try some of the locals’ favorite coffee at Flying Goat coffee.
Tonight, you’ll enjoy an evening of art and wine in town at the Paul Mahder Gallery with Matt Smith, winemaker and cofounder of GrapeSeed Wines. The evening tasting will feature a wine or two by their only female vintner, Jessica Boone. On your way home to the hotel, for those who wish, you can make a pitstop at cocktail hotspot Duke’s for a digestif before heading off to bed.
An optional hot air balloon ride can be booked extra followed by breakfast with optional morning yoga. Around 11:00 a.m. today, you’ll head to J Vineyards, begun by the legendary Judy Jordan and now with female winemaker Nicole in charge of all the wines including their lovely sparkling, one of the best in the valley. You’ll find it an absolutely wonderful way to start the day.
After that, you’ll head over to Merry Edward’s place stopping on route for a gourmet picnic (weather dependent). Ms. Edwards was one of California’s first women winemakers going from famed consultant to starting her own winery back in 2008. You’ll be tasting her highly acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc and her Pinot Noir.
This afternoon around 4:00 p.m., you’ll try your luck at a wild mushroom hunt with an expert mycophagist, followed by a cooking demonstration at Relish, the much-loved female-owned culinary school in town. There, you’ll have a lively discussion about food and wine followed by a scrumptious meal focusing on our discoveries.
Breakfast with morning yoga is available. After checking out, as you drive over to Napa Valley, you’ll make a quick stop to stretch your legs at the Petrified Forest, a historic geological site, followed by a viewing of the Old Faithful Geyser, and a chance to learn a little something about the geothermal springs in this area.
Upper Napa Valley is home to the alluring mineral pools of the Calistoga Hot Springs which have been a retreat for visitors for generations. The composition of the mineral water is created by the filtration of rainwater through the alluvial Napa Valley soils resulting in a blend of trace mineral and essential elements. Geothermal forces elevate the temperature of the mineral water up to 180ºF at the source. You'll be headed to Napa Valley not only to enjoy more wine but also to soak up some serious spa time.
You’ll lunch on creative California cuisine at a local café, and just after, you’ll have a meet and greet with Violet Grgich, the female President & Co-Proprietor of Grgich Estates, founded in the ’70s by her father. Their Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel all get high ratings.
This afternoon, you’ll check into the luxury hotel Indian Springs in Calistoga Springs. You’ll unpack and then enjoy some special spa treatments. Indian Springs boasts an award-winning spa. There, you’ll all each get to enjoy a mud bath using local volcanic ash and water from the geyser and of course, you can add on a massage, facial or anything else on their extensive list.
After a completely relaxing time in the spa, you’ll have a re-invigorating dinner at the charming and delectable Sam’s Social conveniently situated right at the hotel, drinking wines you sourced at the many wineries you’ve visited.
Breakfast with morning yoga is available. On your drive towards your adventures today, you’ll pass the Instagram worthy mustard fields in full bloom where you’ll stop for selfies. Today, you’ll have brunch at the Acacia House in posh St. Helena. You’ll be sure to save time afterward for a bit of shopping. St. Helena has everything you’d want to buy from jewelry to consignment shops, art galleries, bookstores, chic clothing, artisanal chocolate as well as the Spice Islands Marketplace at the Culinary Institute at Greystone, heaven for cooks and foodies.
Next, you’ll head to Goosecross Cellars for a privately hosted tasting with Christi Coors Ficeilli, the proprietor. Chris will be stopping by to talk about the business and answer any questions you may have! Their red blends are impressive; you’ll try five or so before heading back out.
Next, you’ll make a pilgrimage to Corison Wine. Cathy Corison is a pioneer in women’s winemaking in the valley. She was told while getting her master’s degree that she wouldn’t be able to get a job in Napa because she was a woman. Defying all odds, by 1987, she had opened her own winery. There, you'll taste her award-winning Cabernets. After this last tasting for the day, you’ll head back to the Indian Springs Resort for some well-deserved R&R: Time to regroup, relax, and enjoy the hotel’s pools and lush 17 acres!
After all the wine you’ve enjoyed, tonight is reserved for a little beer and BBQ in a relaxed setting, where you can toast to a long weekend of discovery, amazing women, and new friendships made.
You’ll make an early morning departure for San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (depending on your flight time) for those with a later flight, you’ll stop at a well-known sparkling wine place… shhh it’s a secret.
Discovering a new place with a small group of women is a completely different experience than going on your own or with a larger mixed group. After the first glass of wine on night one, the stories and laughter begin. By the end of the week, people have made life-long friends. Watching this beautiful connection happen, for Doni, is the magic of Girls’ Guide to Paris and beyond.
Doni is an inveterate traveler, she's been to nearly 70 countries. She's obsessed with food, from gourmet Michelin star level meals to pigs in a blanket. She relishes finding that unique place with the chef who really cares about what he or she is putting down on the plate. Doni hails from Nebraska and she's lived most of her life in New York since 1984. She wrote the book Paris Cocktails, published by Cider Mill Press in 2015. Doni has also written countless travel articles and blog posts for Matador Network, Hip Paris Blog, Huffington Post, and more.
This luxury wine holiday will take you to the best wineries Northern California has to offer: Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. The GG2P team try to find the essence of every place you visit. It’s in the food, the wine, the architecture, the natural beauty, and most importantly, in the people.
All meals including, snacks and wine you will be sampling are included in the price. Vegetarians will be well fed in all restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.
The package includes a mud-bath treatment at Indian Springs Hotel. Additional spa treatments such as massage, facial, or anything else on their extensive list can be booked at an extra cost.
San Francisco International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Transfer from and to this airport is included. A GG2P representative will pick you up at the airport.
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