Thursday, March 4, 2010

Beautiful St. Helena

St. Helena (in the Napa Valley) is one of my most favorite places in California.  It is so gorgeous - rolling hills, vineyards, beautiful wineries & restaurants, and of course - amazing wine tasting!!
This trip, we ate at two different restaurants for dinner... Tra Vigne and The Martini House.  I didn't take any pictures, but both places are delicious!  We ate at the Silverado Brewing Company for lunch and did a little beer tasting!!  They brew all of their own beers.
We visited lots of wineries!  (I have been to wine country 3 times... I learn so much about wine every time I go!)
We visited a beautiful castle that was just down the road from our hotel.  The wine maker who owns this hotel paid for this entire castle to be shipped over piece by piece from Italy.
We stayed at the stunning Wine Country Inn.  This is one of my favorite places to stay in the world.  It feels like a home.  Family owned, the same chef cooks breakfast every morning, and they treat you like a part of their family!  This was the view from our room:
The weather was rainy, but I loved it.  It made the vineyards misty & cozy.  It was warm enough that we slept with the door open all night.

It was a wonderful Christmas & Birthday present to my MIL, Cindy from all of her kids.  We all had a great time.  
So many amazing memories from the wine tasting & just spending time together!

Happy Thursday!!

21 comments:

Jen said...

What a great trip! :)

mommywonderland said...

Im kicking and screaming! I wanna go there right now!!!!!!!!

Garrett and Meagan said...

So gorgeous!! We had our honeymoon in Napa...ahhhh. I can't wait to go back!!!

Iva said...

Napa is so beautiful! So glad you had a nice time. What a sweet trip and birthday present for your mother in law!! So glad you are feeling better!!!

Allison said...

How nice! I do want to go to a beer tasting actually.I'm just not good with the wine knowledge. I took a wine 101 class, and I can't really remember anything I learned...maybe I need a book.

Adrienne O'Brien said...

that castle place is awesome. i'm in napa all the time, it's my most favorite place on the west coast!

Kyle said...

Oh how I love Napa! I wished we lived in NorCal. Looks like it was a great trip though!

melanie said...

i'm dying to go to napa valley.. ever since i saw the parent trap!

Nicole Marie said...

that last picture is absolutely amazing!! napa makes me so happy. just being there is so relaxing and so beautiful!

maeghan said...

I went to the Castello di Amorosa winery in December, and the weather when I was in Napa sounded just like when you were there. It's actually still really nice like that, too! Oh, I love Napa... :) Glad you enjoyed your stay!

Heather said...

Beautiful pictures. I want to go to Napa sooo badly. So glad you great time.

Jessica said...

Hi I'm a new reader and I just found your blog - I love it!

I've been telling my fiancé how much I'd love to go there for our honeymoon! Lol looks like it was a great trip!

Tamela said...

This is beautiful. I need to take a vacation there!

Natasha said...

Ahhhh I am so jealous!! Don't you just love wine country?? We stayed in actual Napa last year so next time we go I am hoping to stay in either St. Helena or Rutherford to try something different- glad your fam had a great time!

Ali said...

This looks juuuust about perfect! So glad you had such a lovely and relaxing time. You look fab, as always. xo

OceanDreams said...

Oh I would love to visit this location....it looks gorgeous and I love that you were able to visit the caste too. How nice that you were able to sleep with the door open as well. Glad you had a wonderful time girl!

Jamie Pickle said...

I love Napa. We are so spoiled being so close!!

That castle is gorgeous and your hotel looks lovely.

Jane said...

LOVE St Helena. Hopefully will be there in June!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I so adore vineyards and wineries - they're just perfect. What a fun trip!! :)

Jax said...

So gorgeous!! My girl friends and I are actually thinking.. er.. hoping.. to take a trip to Napa as a girls trip! We all want to go so badly! If we make it happen, I might pick your brain! Or at least stalk your blog posts about wine country.. :) That last pic is my favorite... It makes me feel like I'm there! :)

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Wow, it's all SO BEAUTIFUL! I'm jealous. The buildings are great - I love the architecture. Throw some wine and tastings in there and I'm sold. Glad you had a nice trip!