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Your Frugal Trip to Napa

December 19, 2012

There are many fun and frugal activities to do while in Napa.  We were able to go with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law about 3 weeks ago and it was so awesome!  I would highly recommend October and/or November as a great time to go because it’s the off-season there and lodging is much less expensive at that time. The weather was perfect at this time, it was a little brisk and rained a night or two, but it was perfect for bike rides and hikes. If you are planning on go at this time, the most frugal way to go is renting a house. This way you can cook some meals and save a lot of money on dining out.   Here are the 4 places I recommend going to while in Napa:

{Farmstead restaurant, St. Helena}

The food is a bit pricey, but if you are going to dine out, this should be it.  They have a nice area outside of the restaurant to sit and beautiful gardens to walk around.  The best thing about this place is that everything is fresh, straight from their gardens! We had the burger with the over-medium egg and the beet salad, it was delicious!


{Bouchon Bakery}

This place was so good that we went twice. I had a different pastry both times and they were both outstanding! Their hot chocolate tasted like no other hot chocolate I’d ever had, it was rich and velvety 😉 Beware that the line is almost always out the door, but it’s worth it! For pastries and a drink for two, you can walk out of there spending about $10.

Bouchon bakery

{Dean and Deluca}

This was a fun, unique grocery store that we basically just window-shopped in. Actually, I take that back, I did buy two delightful little chocolates. They had about 30 different kinds of oil, coffee,wine, cookies, etc. It is very pricey, which is why I only bought two individual chocolates.  I think I spent about $5 on my two chocolates….I know way too much ;(  The green tea truffle was incredible!

Dean and deluca

{Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company}

This was a fun local coffee shop to go and play games.  They actually had a chess set that my husband and brother-in-law were able to play.  It’s a small little place, but the coffee is pretty good.  I had the Chai tea, and I think I spent about $4.

Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company

Of course there a ton of other things to do that don’t cost money:

*Go for a drive along the vineyards

*Go for a bike ride in town

*Go to the local welcome center and grab a few free chocolates.

*Go for a hike 😉

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. cuparoons permalink
    December 19, 2012 11:08 pm

    This is awesome, Nurse Frugal! Exactly what I’ve been looking for! Now that I live in Sacramento, I’m much closer to Napa Valley and definately want to go visit soon. These are some great ideas!

  2. December 20, 2012 9:21 am

    Those look like awesome pictures! My wife has always wanted to take me to Napa as she’s a San Diego native, maybe on our next trip back.

  3. December 21, 2012 1:41 am

    What a great trip. I love the farmstead restaurant. Thank you for sharing.

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