July 27, 2012

Two Valleys, One Weekend: Napa + Sonoma

So excited to be heading up to wine country this weekend and visit not one, but two valleys. The event planner in me has kicked in to high gear and I literally have a timeline for where we will be at any given moment. Friday night we will head to Sonoma and stuff ourselves silly at The Girl and The Fig which is right off of the Sonoma Square. The Square is full of art galleries and cute little shops and is a great spot for a post dinner walk.

Saturday we will head over to Napa which takes about 30 minutes on the Oakville Grade. One of my favorites wineries to stop at is St. Supéry as it has a ton of different varietals of wine – you can truly expand your knowledge of all different kinds of wines! Their grounds are beautiful and the staff is very friendly and casual, which can sometimes be hard to find in Napa Valley tasting rooms. Next stop, Dean & Deluca to satisfy the chef in my husband and the foodie in me. We will grab some picnic items and then head up to Ehlers Estate’s gorgeous winey built in 1886. They have a lovely little picnic area and bocce ball court where I once managed to dump a whole glass of red all over my white shirt (who wears white to wine country – I do!!)

The final stop for the day is the town of Calistoga, at the very top of Napa Valley, where we will check into Indian Springs. Then, I will promptly throw my suit on and head to the new adult pool to catch some afternoon rays. One of the best things about Calistoga is the quick walk to downtown for dinner, live music and shopping. I plan to pop into Brennan’s for a pre-dinner cocktail and some jazz, then over to JoLe for dinner, and finally some post-dinner dancing at the Hydro Bar. I can’t wait! Happy Weekend!!

 

 

Image sources clockwise from top right: thegirlandthefig.com, www.ehlersestate.com, www.lifebylyle.com, www.indianspringscalistoga.com

July 24, 2012

Carmel Valley – Holman Ranch – Gorgeous Teal and Yellow

I am so honored to be sharing this next wedding with you. Not only was I lucky enough to be a guest and enjoy this amazing féte, but it was incredible to be part of a celebration of love between my good friends Amy and Jeph. I adore them as a couple – they are so darn cute. They truly know what it means to love all aspects of life.

Amy is a serious details person and in planning their wedding she left nothing, NOTHING out. This wedding is a reflection of them and who they are as a couple, and that in itself was so darn cool. From the paper goods by Julie Kemp to the gorgeous flowers by Lila B. every last detail was perfect and beyond pretty. And you can’t really go wrong with Holman Ranch or Anna Kuperberg for that matter. Her stunning shots brought me right back to that day in May where I danced the night away and celebrated with friends and family. Take a peek!

July 10, 2012

A Napa Fourth of July

Was your fourth full of fireworks? Sadly, mine wasn’t – I still had a darn good time, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes a good fireworks show is hard to find. And a good fireworks show without a gajillion people is even harder to find. And actually, a good fireworks show with great food and wine – well, some would say impossible! So considering that I want to spend all my free time in wine country, I did some research and found one of the hot spots for a great show on the Fourth of July – quite the feat if I do say so!

Louis M. Martini winery holds a fantastical event every fourth, puts fireworks on for the entire Valley, but you can get a seat front and center at their winery. The event typically sells out and has yummy food and wine pairings, great music and family fun. Next year my family and I will be wine sipping, game playing and firework watching from this awesome event. See you there!

Photo via Wine Country This Week.com