We left San Francisco and drove to Napa. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge was an excellent experience. My dad likes to stop at every scenic look out and the one going from San Fran to Napa at the Bridge has awesome views. We had fun.
We liked that we had great views of the island of Alcatraz.
After about 1 1/2 hours, we arrived in Napa. The weather was sunny and warm. We were with our mom and dad and some good friends, John, De and Robert.
The Calistoga Ranch, www.calistogaranch.com, is a great place to stay. It is kid-friendly. It has a pool and they sell popcicles at the pool bar. They have hot chocolate in the morning and the kids’s beds are comfy. There are not any grumpy employees. We hiked on two trails that were great. We had a view of a castle. Note: Keep your eyes open for animal poop, small and large, along the trail. Go past where the sign says “trail end” and you will find ginormous pinecones. We brought one home.
Calistoga Ranch ratings: Jake gives 5 gumballs and Ellie 5 smiley faces.
Make sure you try to get a wine tour at Krupp Brothers Winery www.kruppbrothers.com. We climbed rocks, the wine is tasty and we learned a lot about growing wine grapes. Mr. Nigel was a great host and we even met the owner of the vineyard. Keep your eyes open for giant golden eagles.
Riding on the tram, up and back to the Sterling Vineyards Winery, www.sterling.com, is a must-do. The views are spectacular and they give out Capri Sun juices to the kids at the main tasting room.
Napa is a must go to place because there are many fun activities and the weather is great.
Wishing you excellent adventures.