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

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