Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Notes from Napa Valley


Hi all, happy Wednesday! I'm still floating on air after a perfect girl's weekend in Napa Valley. Just a few thoughts on what makes it such a wonderful spot to escape, whether you are into wine or not....



Everywhere you turn there's something beautiful. Our favorite form of exercise was walking through the vines... 


Although we did stop to smell the roses every now and then.


And there are more luxurious ways of getting around than on foot....


You can't turn around without finding something yummy to eat...


Fantastically fancy French, not-so-fancy French and everything in between...


Not to mention golden hour dining in the gardens at Brix...


There's plenty that's unique and unexpected, and the good life is pretty much an art form.



 It certainly is a sweet spot.


And if you do like wine. Well...


You can find plenty of that, too.

More notes on Napa favorites to come. A big thanks to my lovey friend Dana for sharing some of her gorgeous photos with me.

Have you been to California wine country? Anything you absolutely love there?

25 comments:

  1. I have NOT been but I want to go NOW!
    pve

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    1. Patricia, you should! It's wonderful. XO

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  2. Gorgeous shots... yes please, I'd love to go... xv

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  3. It's been over 15 years since I was there. Stunning photos!! Such a beautiful part of our country. Thank you and Dana for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Loi. Maybe time for a repeat visit? Although if I had your gorgeous garden and home in Maine I would never want to leave!

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  4. So happy I did not miss this...one of my favorite spots on earth! We loved Bistro Jeanty, best quiche I have ever eaten, did you go to Bottega? We dined at FL but overall I wasn't so impressed......LOVE it all! Glad you had fun, your pictures are beautiful:)

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    1. Thanks Tina! We did go to Bottega for lunch, it was so yummy. Jeanty is a favorite, too.

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  5. Hi Jeannie, your photos are so lovely. I live in Massachusetts and I now want to visit Napa Valley. It looks so beautiful. I am not a wine drinker but I think I would love it there anyway. Thanks for sharing this post.

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    1. Thanks, Jan. I think it would be fun even for a non wine drinker. I never get tired of the rolling hills and rows of green vines!

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  6. Love the wine country, but Sonoma holds the charm for me. Looks like you guys had a fabulous time, and that's what counts! Great pics, btw. xx's

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    1. Thanks Marsha. Love Sonoma, too - I used to go twice a year for work (tough life). It was fabulous!

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  7. Looks like you hit all the good spots!It is beautiful and only an hour from my home!I rarely go up..........need to change that!What fun you got to dash away with the GIRLS!Next time you do it let me know and I will pop in to say HELLO!

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    1. Oh you should change that! I know an hour feels like a ways away, but boy is it a nice place to relax! I think there are a few good spots left for me to hit, I could go year after year!

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  8. Stag's Leap .. great spot!! It was fun to follow along via instagram. I am anxious to go back to Napa. We've been exploring WA wine country and really enjoying it.

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    1. There are soooo many great wineries in Washington. Have you been to Long Shadows in Walla Walla? It's a favorite.

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  9. Jeanne,
    You are one lucky girl!!!! I love Napa and especially enjoyed it when we used to live in San Francisco. My first trip to Napa was with an old college friend, in my early 20s and I thought it was the best place ever! Mustards, Foie aux Deux winery! I think that time, we drove up, spent the day and then they drove me back and put me on a red eye home. I'd rather do it the way you just did.The last time I was there was over a decade ago (boo hop) when we lived in Charlotte. We managed to have lunch at French Laundry, drinks at Auberge and all in perfect time. We're talking about celebrating a future milestone birthday there. But, now you have me ready to pack my bags! So happy you had such a magical time. Here's to girlfriends and grapes!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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    1. Lunch at French Laundry and drinks at Auberge sound perfect. I'm ready to pop down again any time, so let me know if you do pack your bags! ;-) Cheers to girlfriends and grapes!

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  10. Looks like a beautiful place to visit..glad you had a great time!

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    1. Thanks so much! It really was lovely.

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  11. Jeannie-
    You could not have written a more perfect post in my eyes! So much beauty here, and anything Thomas Keller is on the top of my list! I have every book.
    Definitely want to visit.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  12. Yes, Jeannie, it is your long lost friend, I cannot begin to say how sorry I am to be gone so long.
    Napa wow, it has been way to long. My late husband took me to The French Laundry for my 40th Birthday dinner!! I love it there.....

    xoxo
    Karena
    Soiree by Danielle Rollins Giveaway!

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  13. have not had the pleasure. i'm sold!

    michele

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