September 23, 2012

New Sonoma Hotel – Olea Hotel

Hi friends! I am headed up to wine country this weekend and am super excited to stay in a new little place called the Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen. It looks adorable. Our dinner destination is Olive and Vine and I have heard all sorts of amazing things about this restaurant and am excited for a late night dinner with my man. I can’t wait to share with you my reviews of both places! I will also be visiting Kunde Family Estate for a wedding so I will have all sorts of fun to report back on next week! Happy Weekend!

Olea Hotel, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, CA

Olea Hotel - Bedroom, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, CA

Olive and Vine Restaurant, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, CA

Kunde Tasting Room and Boot Hill

 

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 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

May 24, 2012

Wydown Hotel in St. Helena

It is with pure joy that I showcase this next hotel. I literally stumbled upon it last weekend thinking it was a high end furniture store! The Wydown Hotel is right on Main Street in the heart of St. Helena and has a very modern and sleek yet comfy feel. We were immediately welcomed by the friendly front desk gals who promptly saw our excitement about the hotel and offered us a tour of some of their rooms. The rooms were gorgeous and spacious – very sleek and homey all as the same. There are 12 rooms total and my favorite thing to share with you all…there is NO TWO NIGHT MINIMUM! This is a rarity in the Napa Valley and such a great thing for out of town wedding guests that will only be around for one evening. We were so excited we booked a room on the spot and plan on spending the fourth of July up in St. Helena.

The true charm of this hotel is walking out the front door and being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of main street. Go visit! If you are there on the 4th we can watch the fireworks together.

Really cool 4 person chair photo by me