Since Monday seems to have arrived too quickly again, I’m keeping things light and pretty ’round here today with a bunch of photos from the day trip I took with my mom and sister to Napa Valley this weekend. Every time I actually get in the car and drive the 60 minutes to wine country, I always ask myself why I don’t do it more often. The weather is always 10 to 20 degrees warmer and the landscape is so pretty that it should make your eyeballs sore, but it doesn’t.
We started our girls’ day (in celebration of my mom’s birthday) at an al fresco cafe, where we drank our first glass of wine of the day and split some mouth-watering Italian eats. Heaven is eating carb-heavy meals on patios, I tell ya.
With full tummies, we were ready to get tasting, and Duckhorn was our winery du jour. Usually I like a winery that let’s you buy wine by the glass, because sipping wine on a patio uninterrupted is more my style, but my mom and sister raved about Duckhorn, which only serves tastings, and so we went without protest.
As you can see, the Duckhorn property is stunning, from the vineyard out front to the rose bushes and the craftsman style building. On the 75-degree day we were enjoying, a little shade and a glass of wine with a view was such a treat. As promised, the wine was tasty too. We shared a tasting since the one they serve is plentiful (and a bit pricey), but did you know that back in the day, wine tasting in Napa was free? My mom tells me that back then the two-lane wine country roads were much more jammed than they are now and that tasting rooms were full of people who found their friends incomparably hilarious. But, who could blame them? There was free wine everywhere in sight! Aw, the g/olden days.
Each time I think about coming to Napa it’s overwhelming to decide where to go be it for lunch or wine, so on our way out I made a list of the places we drove by that looked nice — lunch spots with patios, cheese shops, and properties I’d like to wander. If you’re curious, here is my list, though I’ll remind you that I can’t vouch for these spots since they’re on my to-do list.
- Clos Du Val
- The pretty white estate near Clos Du Val (Your guess is as good as mine).
- Travigne for lunch
An afternoon in Napa is just right for me. I’m not big on a whole day of trekking from winery to winery. I much prefer a nice lunch and winery or maybe two. We were home before dinner with more vitamin D than when we left and with spirits that felt replenished from our six-hour vacation.
Where do you escape to on a weekend or weekend afternoon?