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Just because you want to be eco-friendly doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing bachelorette road trip with your best ladies to celebrate the end of singledom — Especially in Napa Valley. From the latest electric cars that make it possible to drive long distances without recharging, to a growing eco-friendly wine movement, restaurants supporting local organic farmers, and no shortage of top notch spas boasting eco-friendly products, Napa Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of luxury and make some wine filled memories with your best friends — all while leaving the smallest environmental footprint.
1. The Vehicle
If you want to go on a road trip the most important part of being eco-friendly is finding an electric car that can go long distances without having to be recharged. Of course, you can always rent the very stylish Tesla, which can go 340 miles per charge, if you want to go big. But the safest bet for a longer road trip is to get a car that has a generator that creates more energy as it drives. While the Toyota Prius definitely has made a name for itself in that respect, the Chevy Volt’s latest model is the best bet for a long road trip because of its gas-powered generator giving it a range of 420 miles. So you won’t ever have to worry about running out of electricity. Plus its got a pretty rockin’ sound system, which is more than necessary for any great road trip.
2. The Hotel
Napa has no shortage of great hotels to stay at. But if living the eco-friendly lifestyle is important to you on this trip, look no further than Calistoga Ranch. This luxury resort in Calistoga is equal parts chic and rustic with acres of forest for hiking, a picturesque lake, and cabins that merge the environment with architecture. Enjoy organic spa treatments or spend the day lounging at the pool, either way it’s entirely guilt-free and 100% luxury. Besides Calistoga Ranch, on the Sonoma side of the valley, you’ll find the brand new Single Thread Farms — a small farm and luxury inn with a focus on sustainable farming and ethically sourced ingredients.
3. What Wineries to Visit
Not all wines are created equal, but thanks to a new generation of wine makers, Napa Valley is now making a name for itself in the world of eco-conscious wines. One such winery is CADE, a beautiful winery that sits on the slopes of Howell Mountain. Not only is the view breathtaking but CADE was also the first organically farmed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley. Closer to the heart of St. Helena you’ll find the incomparable HALL wines. Producers of unparalleled cabernets (often reaching 98-100 points) that perfectly fuses art with sustainable design for a winery as gorgeous as it is conscious. Odette, an organic sister winery to CADE has also led the way with promoting a more sustainable and limited use of water for wineries in the face of California’s massive drought—which just so happens to result in some pretty amazing cabernet. A win, win situation if we’ve ever heard of one.
4. Where to Eat
Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch is a must visit for the eco-friendly foodie. A Napa favorite serving farm to table food from the ranch’s “full-circle” farm. Enjoy wine made on site alongside expertly prepared organic dishes served family style on communal tables for one of the tastiest, and most sustainable, menus in Napa. If you want to celebrate with some aged wines and one of the best steaks you’ll ever eat in your life, look no further than PRESS. Napa’s top of the line steak house serving ethically chosen, delicious cuts of beef from famed butcher, Brian Flannery. But if you really want to go all out, we suggest heading over to 3 Michelin starred Meadowood for a once-in-a-lifetime tasting menu by award winning chef Chris Kostow. With a combination of sustainably farmed ingredients from their own farm and eco-conscious purveyors, there’s arguably no better place to eat in Napa.