A Honeymoon in Napa Valley: Top 5 Things to Do (Besides Wine Tasting)

With gorgeous scenery, beautiful small towns, top-notch accommodations, and an endless activities list, California’s Napa Valley makes for a terrific honeymoon destination.

Here are some of our favorite things to see and do (in between your wine tasting outings and vineyard visits, of course).

Hiking

Napa and Sonoma Counties offer more than just vineyards. Actually, they are both packed with wilderness as the unique topography gives way to foggy forests, petrified trees and crazy rock formations. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Sugarloaf State Park are both great places for exploring the backwoods.

Biking

The biking options in wine country are plentiful and highly recommended. Check out Napa Valley Bike Tours for rental information and suggested routes. No matter if you’re a biking enthusiast or just a casual biker, there’s an itinerary available for you. Blaze past vineyards on backcountry roads or take the main drag through some of the beautiful small towns dotted throughout Napa Valley.

Hot Air Ballooning

After a few days of wine tasting, there’s nothing better than a tour of wine country by balloon. From lift off and landing to the views of the region (and even San Francisco on clear days) and the bird’s eye view of the vineyards, a trip to wine country isn’t complete without a hot air balloon tour.

Small Town Discoveries

Take a few days to explore the beautiful Napa Valley towns of Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga. The relatively small size of these villages and proximity to each other make for a perfect day trip away from wine tasting. Each destination offers something a little bit different, but visitors can certainly still expect great dining, late night options, local shopping and boutiques, and unique galleries.

Spas

Northern California wine country is widely recognized as a top destination for spa treatments with sophisticated gems like Solage Calistoga and the Spa at Silverado. Experience invigorating massages, mineral baths, mud baths and a vast array of beauty and body treatments in a tranquil, one-of-a-kind setting.

 

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Top 10 Tips for a Magical (Yet Affordable) Honeymoon

Here’s the inside scoop on how to plan a magical, yet affordable honeymoon:

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We totally understand that weddings can get expensive REAL quick, so who needs to overspend on your honeymoon too? We’re here to help you find a way to make that dream honeymoon you’ve always been dying to take, a reality.

1. Sign-up for a honeymoon registry

A honeymoon registry is the perfect solution to making your dream trip a reality. With a honeymoon registry, your friends and family are actually able to help contribute to the honeymoon you’ve always imagined.

START YOUR REGISTRY >

 

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2. Book early!

An easy way to cut back the costs of a honeymoon is to BOOK EARLY! You’ll have much more time to explore your options and will be able to find the most affordable (yet magical) honeymoon rooms, transportation, etc.

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3. Use a travel concierge

For those of us who need a break from planning, a travel concierge is the way to go. With a travel concierge, all the planning and booking is completely done for you. A travel concierge is also a great money-saver, as everything is already included. This way, you won’t have to worry about all the little extras that would normally add up on your trip.

4. Consider waiting until the off-season

One of the best ways to save money on your honeymoon is to travel to your destination during the off-season, where there will be less crowds and the prices will be less expensive. We would recommend somewhere where the weather is warm year-round– here are our favorites by month 🙂

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5. Word of mouth

You’d be surprised how resourceful people can be, and they might even give you some ideas you had never considered before. Also, don’t forget to try out our Referral Program, where you and your friend can EACH get $20 just for letting them know about Wanderable.

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6. Do your research

We are constantly surrounded by technology, whether it’s our iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, Apple Watches Kindles, Androids, desktops, you get the picture. Use this to your advantage in preparation for your dream honeymoon! Compare and contrast. The world is your oyster!

7. Costco is your new BFF

One great way to save money on your honeymoon is to do your own grocery shopping. Make a fun night out of it and cook your hearts out. You’re guaranteed to have some unforgettable memories.

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8. Use your miles

Take advantage of all the traveling you’ve been doing and USE. THOSE. MILES! We cannot stress that enough. You will save loads of money and seriously, what better way to use your miles than on your very first adventure as official life partners?!

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9. Flaunt your newlywed status, because why not?!

You’re newlyweds, this is your time to shine! You’re almost guaranteed to get some sort of deal– because let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to make someone else’s honeymoon that much more special?

10. Cards with benefits

Have you ever looked into whether or not your credit card (or other cards) has special benefits for traveling? Well, now is the time! You may be pleasantly surprised considering how many cards nowadays have deals, points, benefits, etc.

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Well, Wanderers, now you know our insider tips on how to have a magical, yet affordable honeymoon. Now go have the time of your lives with your love.

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Happy National Best Friends Day!

Happy Monday Wanderers and Happy National Best Friends Day! 

National BFF Day

We know how important your BFFs are in your life & want to celebrate them…and you of course! Tell your besties about Wanderable and you’ll each get a $20 credit. It’s THAT easy!

Refer A Friend

You know that snorkeling trip in Maui you’ve been dreaming of, or even that cocktail-making class you’ve been dying to try? Well now is the time! Invite your friends!

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The Drinks You Should Be Ordering At San Francisco’s Best Coffee Shops

Put down your coffee. Here are the top drinks you should be ordering at San Francisco’s best coffee shops. 

Here at Wanderable, our team is lucky enough to live in San Francisco. This home of ours is a foodie mecca, and in recent years, its coffee game has been strong. New coffee roasters seem to pop up as swiftly as your daily 2-pm coffee cravings hit. In our quest to stave off our own coffee cravings, we’ve done the leg work and sampled all the best drinks there were to find from SoMa to the Mission. Here, we present to you the truly great drinks you should be ordering at San Francisco’s best coffee shops.

Philz

Philz is a beloved local brand here in the Bay Area. The beauty of Philz is that you can find one in nearly any neighborhood in San Francisco and across the Bay Area. As soon as you walk into a Philz, your spirits are instantly lifted – these coffee shops are just plain fun. You can even jam out to good music as you wait for your perfectly-dripped cup of coffee.

Our rec: The Mint Mojito, hands down. This iced drink is sweet, frothy, creamy, and best of all, it comes with with a fresh bunch of peppermint leaves that elevates the iced coffee game. Plus, you can enjoy one on a hot summer day (we don’t get many of these in San Francisco, but bear with us here) along with a Philz Coffee Pepples Donut on the side. Why not chase the best Philz drink down with the best Philz-flavored organic donut?!

Sightglass

Sightglass is quickly rising in ranks as one of the coolest coffee brands in San Francisco. Their stores are simply beautiful, with warehouse-like spaces filled with plenty of light and high ceilings. And their coffee? Need you ask? Coffee purists are happy enough to find that Sightglass coffee is good enough to stand alone, and those who like a little more cream and sugar in their cup of joe can try one of the beloved lattes or cold brews here.

Our rec: Sightglass just opened up San Francisco’s first affogato bar in their SoMa location. They’ve teamed up with an equally delicious Portland brand – Salt & Straw Ice Cream – to offer up refreshing espresso-soaked icecream. Try the affogato-soaked Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons. Perfect for a hot day in the city. Or a cold day in the city. Really, we’d consume that affogato every day if we could.

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Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle. What more can be said about this coffee brand that hasn’t already been stated? Local residents can wax poetic about Blue Bottle’s venerable place in San Francisco’s coffee community. Blue Bottle was one of the first on the scene when coffee started getting really good again (we will overlook the bleak period that is otherwise known as S***bucks). Blue Bottle’s artisan beans are especially good in cold brews.

Our rec: You can probably guess what our favorite drink is here – the New Orleans Iced Coffee. This has sweetness, creaminess, and notes of chicory that make this cold brew the first thing we crave when we need a jolt of caffeine. The famous Blue Bottle logo that is printed on your cup of New Orleans Iced Coffee will also be an iconic reminder of just how amazing coffee has gotten in the Bay Area.

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Four Barrel Coffee

Four Barrel Coffee is the sort of coffee joint you can sit in for hours. Not only are their stores beautiful (would you call their Mission store “rustic-chic”?), but their coffee is, to put it simply, quite tasty. The really cool thing about Four Barrel is that you can get a sense of their entire roasting process with the knowledgeable tastings they do. The way they describe their coffee here is similar to the way that a sommelier would describe wine. Honestly, we’d happily choose a cup of Four Barrel Coffee over a glass of red any day.

Our rec: All the drinks at Four Barrel are executed perfectly by their well-trained staff, but our go-to would be their latte with almond milk. We’re not even vegan or vegetarian, but there’s something about the sweetness of the almond milk that pairs perfectly with their strong coffee flavors. A spoon is definitely necessary to scoop up all the creamy foam on top.

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What to Pack – Italy Edition Featuring Ashley from Her Sparkle

The ultimate Italian honeymoon packing list by fashion blogger, Ashley Fehr Hajjar

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Remember Ashley, our incredibly talented and well-traveled friend from Her Sparkle? Well, ICYMI, she shared with us the perfect Hawaiian honeymoon packing list and has returned with the ultimate Italian honeymoon packing list this time around! Check it.

Going on an Italian getaway for your honeymoon and need some ideas on what to pack?! See below for Her Sparkle’s latest packing list for Italy.

When traveling abroad it’s always a good idea to bring some stand out pieces {gorgeous options seen below – we picture ourselves sipping wine on the Amalfi Coast in one of these dresses!} as well as some simpler & more practical items {such as the scarf to throw on with jeans + white tank AND of course the beach bag & flats}

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1: Floral Print Dress // 2: Scarf // 3: Blue & White Maxi Dress // 4: Pink Ankle Strap Heels // 5: Turquoise Swing Dress // 6: Monogrammed Striped Beach Tote // 7: Lace Up Sandals // 8: Floral Swimsuit

Welp, we’re definitely going to do some damage with this packing list. Also, is anyone thinking of taking an Italian getaway ASAP?! Thank you Ashley for sparking our wanderlust and sharing your wisdom 🙂

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