Monday, September 14, 2009

mommy's trip to wine country

If you have never been to the Napa Valley, and consider yourself either a "foodie" OR a "wine-o"... then i suggest you GO... NOW.a little history on the trip i just returned from. (My first overnights away from Liam!!)
In 2005 my dear friend Tonya got married, and her bachelorette party was just a trip to Napa w/ her oldest friend Daphne, myself, and Clare - a mutual co-worker from back in Seattle days. Since that first trip, we have taken a year off for Tonya to have a baby... then gone again... then took another year off when i was pregnant w/ liam.. now that Nobody is knocked up, we got to go again!

here is the trip in photo.

These were the signs we looked for :)

we found THIS villa the last time we went... there is no need to stay ANYWHERE else! this place has it all! super cute, a hot mineral pool on site, totally private... call me if you want the contact info - you will LOVE IT. The owner even set out fresh roses for us!

this is the front porch of the villa where we chat and drink coffe - and wine of course

these two courageous beasts protect the property. someone please remind me that i would like a set of lions just like this for my own home - and to BUY them, if i ever come across some

lots of pretty flowers everywhere

here is the pool - probably runs about 100-102 degrees! naturally! it gets drained every night and refills naturally from the calistoga hot springs - how cool is that?

we had lots of feathered house guests who enjoyed drinking and bathing from the many fountains

Meet my friends!

Here is Tonya - the catalyst of this whole extravaganza - the straw that stirs the drink... she is tasting grapes off the vine - thats so her.

meet Clare - she is one of the most REAL people I have ever met - her last name is tucker!

meet daphne, she is a triathlete and mom of 2 who thinks she is a soccer mom... i think she is a supermodel waiting to happen!

the girls... this was the last winery stop of the day - can you tell from the look on our faces?

sauvignon grapes getting harvested at cakebread cellars

we found a chef out in the garden picking herbs for that nights dinner for an event at cakebread... talk about farm to fork!

our table at cakebread

yummm - mozzarella bar at v. sattui

we toured some champagne caves - schramsberg - napa's very first winery. also the only american sparkling wine served at the white house! look for blanc de blanc - yum! good sparkles - creepy caves! yes, i believe that stuff hanging fromn the ceiling is a mixture of mold and spider webs.

since i can't leave you with spider webs and mold...i will leave you with the ancient indian blessing tree... this was pretty cool - we found an olive tree where you could write a blessing and tie it on - there were blessings from YEARS ago!
Now... go book your trip to Napa - NOW!
you wont regret it!


becoming-mom said...

I am SOOOO jealous. I want to go now! My two best girlfriends from growing up are coming here in October for the weekend. I'm so excited! But we will have our children, so not nearly as much fun as a girls weekend sans bebes and with fabulous food wine and scenery (rockland county is no napa valley ;)

I hope that I have occasion to call you for that villa someday!

Anonymous said...

you should be official advertisement for Napa Valley! Looks fun!

Kammy Kenman said...

great photos!!! felt like i was there...

Jim Murphy said...

We went through the Shcramsberg champagne caves as well. The tour is outstanding.