TDN Weekend

April 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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operated by Balloons Above The Valley. It turned out to be a disappointment, though, through no fault of the balloon company. There are many different options, but I chose to get up at the crack of dawn to be able to be in the balloon as the sun rose and then see the splendor of the Napa Val- ley from a hot air balloon. But on this day, there was a wind issue in Napa, so we were shipped some 30 miles down the highway and took a trip over tomato fields and ol- ive groves. Nothing against tomatoes and olives, but it just wasn't the same or what I had signed up for. As for accommodations, the top of the line hotel is the Auberge du Soleil, which many consider to be the most luxurious boutique hotel in the Napa Valley. It has a Michelin restaurant, your own terrace, an award-win- ning spa, complimentary use of a Mer- cedes-Benz, and your package of goodies upon arrival includes a bottle of wine. The view from the restaurant is enough to make your stay special all by itself. All of this, however, will be reflected in your final bill. Some vacations disappoint; some are exact- ly what you expect. Not Wine Country, Napa or Sonoma. It will take you well beyond your highest expectations. Guaranteed. Auberge du Soleil Auberge du Soleil 42

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