Black Bear Diners and small towns of the Western United States seem almost synonymous. With 42 properties in California, and another 26 scattered in another 7 states these guys have been serving up home-cooked meals for nearly 20 years. The service is friendly, the food hearty and delicious, and the signature chain-saw bear sculptures adorable. And it’s wheelchair accessible.
Locals love to hang out at the Community Cafe for breakfast and lunch, but tourists are welcome too! And it’s one of my favorites. It’s a great place to stop for breakfast before a day of wine tasting. They even have box lunches for a Wine Country picnic you can order 24 hours in advance!
It was important to us to find a good Mexican restaurant tonight. Chip and I met 30 years ago on vacation at Club Med in Mexico, so we had to celebrate over fine Mexican cuisine. La Casa Restaurant in Sonoma Plaza was just the ticket.
Cindy Pawlcyn, is the genius behind Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, the chef-owner of Mustards Grill and a James Beard award winning cookbook author. This is a “must see must do” restaurant in the Napa Valley.
Cairdean Estate is unlike any other property in the Napa Valley. It’s a big, gorgeous campus with a wine production facility, a tasting room, a deli/bakery, a restaurant, and a mercantile store. Park once and enjoy hours of food, wine, and shopping entertainment.