L and I planned a spontaneous trip to Napa Valley over Memorial Weekend. We booked a hotel room the morning of, loaded up the car, and off we went! It was the first time for both of us, and we little knew what to expect. All we wanted was sunshine and wine.
We started at the Oxbow Public Market, an indoor market similar to the Ferry Building (SF) / Chelsea Market (NYC) / Mercado de San Miguel (Madrid) — local, artisanal markets with various food/vendor stands.
Ca’ Momi, where we had lunch.
Lest I forget, we also got truly delectable ice cream from Three Twins on a homemade waffle cone. Except that it was so creamy and melty that there absolutely was not time to take a photo of it. I was downing it as quickly as possible, but still got bittersweet chocolate dripped all over me!
Major development in downtown Napa kicked off about a dozen years ago, starting with the Historic Napa Mill on Main Street and a collection of businesses including the Napa River Inn, Sweetie Pies bakery and Silo’s, a wine bar and live music spot.
Then came the well-coiffed celebrity chefs with their chic dining rooms and non-Napa roots. The move to make downtown a more cosmopolitan destination for the throngs who usually pass by on their way “up valley” has stirred some debate with the locals.
Larry and Eleanor Archambeault have lived in Napa more than 30 years and remember when downtown had more of a blue- collar feel.
“I go to an exercise group with mostly older people, and not everyone likes the change,” said Leonore Archambeault, over bites of yucca fries at Oxbow Public Market.