Modern charm in the wine country
My wife asked to celebrate her birthday by making a local trip to Napa for four days and we chose Dona & John's cottage from their pictures, descriptions and reviews. An important part of our trip was that we wanted to visit the region, relax a bit from a stressful few weeks and also have Fritz (our West Highland White Terrier) with us since he is getting on in years (14 1/2). When we arrived, Dona was ultra welcoming, walked through all the details and did everything possible to make it a wonderful trip.
So first, Fritz loved everything! Outside the cottage is a large grassy area along with beautiful gardens and he could sniff, sun himself and relax a lot. In fact, it was hard to get him into the car when we took trips around the area for dinner! For us, it was a perfect place to relax. We could sleep in, use the pool, read a book and wander through the gardens. We had no plans except for dinner and this was an ideal place to achieve our goals. The one improvement, which they are doing, is that the wifi reception was weak in the cottage though it is pretty easy to just relax by the pool or move to the garden to get better reception.
The location is ideal for working your way up through the Napa Valley where we visited Napa, Yountville & St. Helena. Dona's recommendations about dog-friendly restaurants was perfect. By far, our favorite was FARM at Carneros as the patio was comfortable, the food superb and the "dog hospitality" welcoming. We also ate at Don Giovanni's (local restaurant), Ubuntu (gourmet and pricey vegetarian) and Bardessono (modern "spa" look and feel with a comfortable patio) which were all dog friendly and nice though FARM and Bardessono stand out as the ultra dog friendly and most accomodating.
Overall, it was a great trip. We highly recommend people to stay here and it is top on our list when we return with no hesitations!
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