This Month’s Favorites

I promised you a look into my authentic Napa Valley life. Where do I shop? Where do I eat? How do I recharge? While there are so many world-class experiences in the Napa Valley, these are some of the spots where I am considered a ‘regular’ in Napa Valley. Check back soon for more of my favorites. When you visit, tell them that ‘Karen sent you’ and share your experience with me on Instagram @karencrousenapavalley.


Bistro Don Giovanni
Giovanni treats me like family. Go for the pasta and stay for dessert.

Il Posto
Their steak with Bordelaise Sauce is amazing.

The Food Shed
They have great seasonal and fresh take-away foods.

C Casa
The chilorio tacos are my favorite.

Andy’s Cafe
The best burger… at a car wash!

NapaSport SteakHouse
Owner (and friend), Michael Galyen has created the “Double Mint” of dining …”Two, two restaurants in one”. It’s a place to grab a bite and watch the game. It’s also a place to enjoy a meal and conversation with family and friends. I love their asparagus salad and just about any steak on the menu.

Relax & Recharge

The Spa at Auberge du Soleil
I go for the facials with Emily. Their service and products are unparalleled.

The Wellness Principle (Acupuncture)
I am a regular on Bianca’s and James’s table. They keep me balanced.

CryoAid, Napa
I go for the localized CryoTherapy treatments and Cryo Facials. They help me with arthritis and allergies. The Owner, Jacob’s gentle spirit adds to the healing process.

Bernie’s Salon
The owner, Bernie, has created such a welcoming salon for all of her stylists and clients. My hairdresser, Andrea, is the best!

Lavender Nail Spa
Great spot to get a mani-pedi, then walk the streets of Yountville while your nails dry.



Home Goods
There are so many treasures to be found. I visit a couple of times a week on average.

Pier One
The majority of their flameless products work with a simple Pier One remote.

This is where I splurge on unique, well-made kitchen tools and accessories.

Forty Five Ten
Looking for statement pieces? This is the spot…sunglasses, clothing, jewelry, home accessories.

Max Studio in Napa Premium Outlets
I especially love the Leon Max Line. Tell Miko that I said “hello”

Sisters Boutique
I have purchased some of my favorite jeans here. Their clothes and accessories are unique and fashionable. They also have salon services tucked away in the back of the shop.


Fatted Calf
This is one of my go-to places for buying charcuterie.

Brown’s Valley Market
I buy most of my groceries at this little local market. Their meats are amazing as well.

Oxbow Market
A great place to go when you want to please several people. There are multiple purveyors under one roof.

Model Bakery
I stop in for a baguette and usually leave with fabulous baked goods too.

Osprey Seafood Market
Mike and his staff offer the freshest seafood in town…so fresh that most Napa Valley restaurants purchase from Osprey. Their Ahi Poke is delicious. This is where I special order ingredients for my N’awlins inspired dishes.


Stagecoach Express
Sue, Jose, John and the entire staff treat me like family. They take care of all of my shipping needs. Stagecoach is an excellent option for shipping wine home on your visits to the Napa Valley.

Classic Car Wash
This is a great car wash. Plus, Andy’s (where the best burger can be found) is on premise and they are located across the street from Napa Premium Outlets. Talk about a trifecta!