If someone handed you the keys to a car, told you to take few days off and go for a drive, where would you go? Your answer to this question depends a little bit on where you live and what is around you, as some people might want to spend some time visiting family and friends nearby and some might want to leave town for a real road trip. For me, the answer is to take a drive to Napa – which is just far enough away from my home in Southern California to feel like a real vacation and is where you can find some of the best food and wine in the country.
Luckily for me, Acura recently offered to give me the chance to put this plan into action by allowing me to borrow a brand new Acura ILX for a week to do with it what I wished. Obviously, I don’t write about cars, but then again most drivers aren’t die-hard gearheads, so it’s not such a stretch to find out that they wanted to know what some real people thought of the car. They extended the same offer to 19 other LA-area bloggers (including some other food bloggers) and 20 bloggers in the NYC area. I will admit, however, that getting to drive a brand new car makes me feel like I’m a guest host on Top Gear!
Naturally, I wanted to do some foodie things with the car, which is why I decided to drive it to Napa. Acura is just giving me the ride, the rest of the trip is up to me (and something I’ve been planning to do for a while, anyway!). Stay turned for wine country updates and pictures of my journey both here and on the Baking Bites social media pages, including Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! You can win something, too! By following my trip – which I will post about here, on Facebook and on Twitter – you have the chance to win your own week with an ILX from Acura (or a gift card for some cash!). The winners of this contest will be picked by Acura (not by me, though you should know that I would pick ALL of you). To enter, answer the the question I posed at the top of this post: What would you do with an Acura ILX for a week? A wine country weekend? A Vegas getaway? A visit to out of state family? Post your best answers to this question here in the comments, on my Facebook page or tweet the to @bakingbites with the hash tag #weekwithILX and that dream road trip could be a reality!
In the meantime, check out a few posts from my last trip to that area:
- A Tour of the Bouchon Bakery in Yountville
- Yodels at Sweetie Pies, Napa
- The French Laundry, Yountville
- Kitchen Stores to Visit in Napa, CA