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Best of the Bay 2013: Upgraded Napa Agenda

A hip hotel on downtown’s main drag, wine-cave workouts, and a drive-in movie pop-up—has Napa suddenly gotten cool?

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Nestled below the craggy bluffs of Stag’s Leap, newly opened Odette Estate Winery is bringing retro fun to the Silverado Trail with its drive-in Secret Cinema. Grab a burger from the Gott’s Roadside truck for dinner, warm up with a couple of pours (complimentary with admission) in the chic tasting room, and maybe bring a bottle back to your car for the movie, which isn’t revealed until the day of the event—past showings have included Anchorman and The Big Lebowski. $50; 5998 Silverado Trail (Near Yountville Cross Rd.), Napa, 707-224-7533

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Head to Yountville’s newest Italian restaurant, Ciccio, housed in a charmingly quirky old building. The owners, local winemaker Frank Altamura and his family, source ingredients from their nearby Altamura Ranch, including wild yeast for the extensive wood-fired pizza menu. 6770 Washington St. (at Madison St.), Yountville, 707-945-1000

Sleep
Book a room at Andaz Napa, a sleek, modern hotel in downtown’s reenergized West End. It has an urban sensibility that somehow manages to fit right in, bolstered by techie touches (iPad check-in) and local details (Lydia Mondavi’s grape seed oil–based 29 Cosmetics in the bathrooms; Richard Von Saal works on the walls). You’ll be within walking distance of a slew of tasting rooms and restaurants, but you might want to stick around and climb up to the sprawling terrace to enjoy live music and sip cocktails by the fire pit. From $269; 1450 1St St. (Near School St.), Napa, 707-687-1234

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Vineyard 29 and Pilates ProWorks, the rapidly expanding San Francisco–based fitness chain, amp up the typical tasting with the ProWorks29 program. Start your day with an intense Pilates class on the veranda overlooking the vines, or opt for a TRX session in the wine cave. After you’ve met your daily activity quota, cool down with a glass of sauvignon blanc and a strolling tour through the winery, and then reward yourself with a wine-paired lunch. From $150; 2929 St. Helena Hwy. (Near York Ave.), St. Helena, 707-963-9292

 

Read more Best of the Bay
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Best of the Bay 2013: Brunch Without Borders
Best of the Bay 2013: Game-Changer Bars
Best of the Bay 2013: New Subspecies
Best of the Bay 2013: Upgraded Napa Agenda
Best of the Bay 2013: Culture
Best of the Bay 2013: Food
Best of the Bay 2013: Recreation 
Best of the Bay 2013: Socializing
Best of the Bay 2013: Style
  

Originally published in the July 2013 issue of San Francisco

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