Napa Valley On A Budget

Napa Valley On A Budget


Stop Six: Oxbow Market


I was so happy to visit Oxbow again in the evening. The first time we went it was PACKED and we were really overwhelmed, but our server at Mason Cellars promised us it is calmer in the evenings. She was right – this time most of the crowded was gone and we were able to secure a table on the back patio which overlooks the rest of the town. Robin and I got tacos and nachos from a vendor, Melanie and Colin tried oysters.  They also bought some specialty salts and Robin later treated me to cupcakes.

We really loved how we could get different types of food all in one place instead of settling on one restaurant for dinner.

By the time we were done eating, we were getting tired and knew it was time to head back home to San Francisco. I was sad to leave beautiful, warm Napa behind, but I know it’s always there, waiting until next time.


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  1. June 9, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Looks like the most wonderful (& stylish) day of wine tasting. I still haven’t gone to Napa! :]

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  2. wendyvazzy
    June 10, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    This looks so good! Adding Napa to my list now! Hehe

  3. temple monsalvo
    August 1, 2015 / 4:23 am

    I felt like i was there reading this. I loved your story, thanks for sharing.

    • Whimsy Soul
      August 1, 2015 / 4:24 am

      Glad you enjoy!

  4. Sharon
    May 1, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I love this. My husband and I planned on doing this for our 10 year anniversary last year but I got pregnant right before and was very sick. This year we want to try but we have a baby that we can’t leave. Are wineries usually ok with babies? Or is it a no no?

    • Kara
      May 22, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      I just went to a winery yesterday where a couple had their baby! Most people don’t care and every winery has a bathroom if you needed to pop in to breastfeed or anything. Hope that helps!


  5. Kensi
    August 16, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    This is PERFECT! My husband and I just moved from Pennsylvania to Northern California, and we are visiting Napa for the first time this weekend. This was a simple, budget-friendly, perfectly-broken-down plan to use for our day trip on Saturday. Thank you SO much for the insight!

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