In a recent story I wrote for the Orbitz travel blog, I was inspired by a trip to Napa (the above image was taken during sunset at a winery were were visiting) and shared the key pieces to pack for a trip to wine country. Scroll down to shop my picks!
Whether you’re in Napa or Yountville, mornings and nights range from chilly to downright cold. Sweaters can be bulky, so keep your packing concise with one heavy, versatile item. I love a poncho because it’s like a glorified blanket. You can wear it multiple ways such as layering it over a shirt and leggings, or wrapping it around your arms and shoulders so it functions like outerwear. When pickinga poncho, opt for a neutral color palette that will go with everything. This Plaid Poncho is a perfect example with its classic pattern in black and white.
Wine country and walking go hand in hand. The most comfortable way to tour vineyards in style is to ditch the heels. Especially if you’ll be tasting a lot of vino, you’ll want to be surefooted with shoes such as wedges, booties or sneakers. This Madewell Boot has a streamlined design with a low heel to give you height without breaking your back and easily slips on and off.
With an average of 260 sunny days per year, a trip to Napa requires sunnies. Mirrored lenses like these Quay Australia sunglasses will not only prevent squinting, they’ll reflect the beautiful surrounding vistas to make your selfies extra special.
In between sips, you may want to take a dip in one of the many hotel pools or Jacuzzis. A one-piece like this Zero + MariaSwimsuit, which happens to come in a gorgeous wine hue, is practical and stylish for a splash.
Wine country life has a similar vibe to wine — it’s relaxed and refined. For pants, all you need is one pair of fitted, dark jeans like thesefrom Ann Taylor. The dark wash and slim fit gives them a polished look, so they’ll take you everywhere, whether it’s biking to a winery or dining at a fine restaurant.