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Napa Valley Nuptials

Words by Samantha Payne
Photos courtesy of River Terrace Inn

Just northeast of San Francisco, tucked into rolling hills of green and gold which sit below an almost always perfectly blue sky, lies Napa Valley. Known widely throughout the world for its wine, Napa offers a captivating setting for romance, beauty, leisure and enticing escape. The town is conveniently accessible within an hour’s drive of three major international airports.

Upon arriving into the quaint historic town, the eye is drawn immediately to the serene Napa River which carves its way through the valley and charming buildings of the town;  some of which have been there since the late 1800’s. Set in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country, River Terrace Inn is an enchanting blend of modern elegance, laid-back California charm and the energy of downtown Napa. Aside from the amazing hospitality team and five-star amenities which leave one wanting for nothing, this luxury boutique hotel also boasts phenomenal views, and serves as a perfect backdrop for saying “I do.” 

After a long soak in your private Jacuzzi bathtub, pour a glass of wine and open the French doors of your patio for a serene view of the Napa River. Watch the sunset while relaxing and breathing the pristine air. It’s truly no wonder many honeymooners find this tranquil setting the perfect location to celebrate their nuptials. When it’s time for dinner, stroll over to Cuvée, River Terrace Inn’s on-site restaurant, for some high-country cuisine and “farm-to-bar” original cocktails around the fireplace. This classy, upscale establishment also features the best choices for local wine including Bourossa, Daviana and Monticello Vineyards. Cuvée is committed to delivering high quality fine dining with ingredients fresh from their garden and local farms.

Come morning, enjoy an exquisite breakfast on the river-view terrace before heading to  art galleries, the locally renowned Oxbow Farmer’s Market or, of course, a wine tasting excursion. To really make a statement, consider touring the vineyards safely by hiring a chauffeured 1947 Packard Clipper convertible. Clad in 1940’s apparel, drivers will see to your every need while escorting you to each location. Aside from the multitudes of vineyards which seem to stretch for miles, Napa has oyster farms, wine barrel factories and even its own brewing company. Once back in town, strap on some running shoes for a jog along the river walk or rent a free bike to explore the downtown galleries, boutique shops and farmers market. To just relax, order some room service and maybe even indulge with an in-room massage or spa treatment. No matter your mood, there is a piece of heaven for everyone. And for that once-in-a-lifetime wedding day, Napa provides the ambiance for romantic celebration.

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