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Napa Valley

Napa Valley is known across the world as a premiere wine region and vacation destination. Bountiful vineyards and tasting rooms span from the town of Napa through the more quiet towns of Yountville, Saint Helena and Calistoga.

The area can be reached within an hour and a half by car from San Francisco, making it ideal for day trips or two-day detours.

Check out these tips on how to enjoy the wine country lifestyle without breaking the bank.

Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc, Thomas Keller's causal American comfort food restaurant, is situated in downtown Yountville, three blocks away from his flagship restaurant, The French Laundry.

The restaurant opened in 2006 as a temporary café but was retained as a permanent establishment due to its massive success. Prix fixe four-course meals are offered nightly at a price of around $50 per person, a far cheaper option than the $400+ price tag of a French Laundry meal. Book reservations online with at least a few days lead time to ensure seating.

Travel like a pro: Come on Monday nights for Thomas Keller's famous fried chicken. Juicy, perfectly cooked pieces coated in crispy golden batter, served in a giant wok. Arrive hungry and be prepared to take plenty of leftovers home.

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