As I’m typing this, it’s been raining all morning. And that just reminded me of our trip to Napa a couple of weekends ago when it rained so hard.
First of all, I love going on trips. Okay, I’m trying to play it cool here – I LOVE trips. I love enjoying new things, enjoying beautiful scenery, or exploring tourist spots as a local. Yep, that’s me.
So, we have had this Napa getaway planned since last December, and I thought the timing could not be more amazing than March. The weather should be beautiful and the wineries should be a hit spot by then.
Eeekkk, I was wrong. It’s global warming, peeps. It was raining pretty hard on our way to Napa. It was so hard that it made our car turned white which has never happened since we have lived in sunny California.
But that did not stop us from driving 120 miles to Napa for a sweet and relaxing weekend. Since the weather was not as pleasant as I thought it would be, we omitted a visit to the wineries on our trip and went straight to our hotel, River Terrace Inn. However, the thought of missing a wine tour did not bother me one bit once we got here. This place is super cute and fun, and its location close to Downtown Napa, the Wine Train, and Wine River is a big plus.
It has easy access to go anywhere, literally, and you can borrow a bike to cruise around downtown when the weather permits. There are at least three things I loved about this place other than its convenient location.
They have a walking path behind the hotel which a perfect spot for joggers to get their run in or if you enjoy fresh morning air. They have in-room massages. Too bad, I did not get a chance to reserve this early, but I have made sure to do this as a priority the next time I stay here.
Food. I mean, I am a foodie, and there’s no way I can skip this one, right? We had dinner at Alba Restaurant which is on the first floor in this hotel.
Let me tell you… their food was outstanding! From appetizers to dessert, everything was prepared to perfection. We started with Corn Soup and Tuna Tacos which made me wish I had ordered two portions of the tacos. The corn soup was so heartwarming and perfect for the rainy day.
As for the main course, the hubs decided to try the steak while I tried the grilled salmon. The salmon was yummy, and they are very generous with their portions, but their steak was lip-smackingly good. The hubs thought he couldn’t finish it, but boy, he just could not stop munching.
As for desserts, we knocked it off with beignets and chocolate lava cake. Confession: those two are my weaknesses. And I’m still dreaming about the melted chocolate from the beignets and lava cake now. Yes, they’re so damn delicious, and I was glad I packed them because that was my breakfast/brunch the next day.
My whole experience at River Terrace Inn was lovely, and the staff made sure they took really good care of us while we stayed with them. Lucky for us, the sun decided to come out the next day, so we were able to cruise around the City before heading home. Check out these views for some fun activities that we did.
Mmm my type of place. The desserts look too good. What was the name of your hotel? Apart from the icy start the rest of the photos look to be sunshine filled- that I don’t mind. The pastries in bed! Love it
Oh, you sound as a true foodie! 🙂 I can feel in every word you wrote how much you have enjoyed the food at the River Terrace Inn! You made me want to visit the Inn when in Napa Valley.
LaiAriel Samangka says
Wow, knowing that the location is really close to the Downtown of Napa, the Wine Train, and Wine River would be sound great. I love the whole place as it looks really comfortable and the homey vibes is present. The food looks tempting and luscious as well. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I would definitely consider staying here with a great service.
This looks like such a beautiful and luxurious place. Forget the food, the bookshelf won my heart.
Traveling Morion says
This defines a good weekend – just simply relaxing day with all the good food, family, and charming accommodation.
Blair Villanueva says
I first learned about Napa during my Sex and the City marathon (Mr. Big owns a vineyard) and I literally check about the place. BY then, I added Napa as one of my dream destination!
The foods that you’ve enjoyed looks delicious!
Alexander Popkov says
Heh, when looking through hotel reviews I always stop on food. I guess that is the main thing for me. I think they feed you well in River Terrace.
River Terrace Inn looks cool place to relax and spend a cozy time away from hectic city life. I would love to go for winery tour if weather permits.
Liz Gen says
Omg! The ambiance and the food looks heavenly. I’m drooling! Your food photos made me crave for steak.
TANUSHREE AGARWAL says
Looks like you had great fun during your short trip. I love long rainy drives. And your mention of chocolate lava cake just got me hungry. ?
FS Page says
I am glad that that despite so much rain, you drove yourself to Napa and enjoyed your time there at the amazing River terrace Inn. The room seems so comfortable and cozy. In-room massages sound awesome. Do not miss out on it next time you visit Napa. Food looks super yummy. I would love to stay in such a place where everything’s perfect. Great to know that rain dis not stop you from cruising around the city. Super travelogue.