Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Napa Getaway

My MIL's Birthday is just a few days after Christmas and a couple years ago as a combined Christmas & Birthday present we took her to Napa.  We had a lot of fun... and decided to do it again this year!

TL, his two brothers, his mom, brother's girlfriend Sam and I all made the trek to Napa.  We stayed at the Westin Napa, which was actually priced pretty decently and a wonderful hotel.  It was in a good location, about 20 minutes from a bulk of the wineries (I was the designated driver) and within walking distance to the restaurants in downtown Napa (& Oxbow Market, which is adorable!)

Napa is gorgeous, and every time we visit, I am reminded of how lucky we are to live less than an hour away from there.  My cousin, Lauren, works in Napa at Duckhorn Winery, and it was a lot of fun to visit her.  She also came back to our hotel and came to dinner with us after she was off :)

 Dinner at Auberge Du Soleil - expensive, but delicious and the views are incredible!  TL and I ate here after he proposed and this was our first time back.
 Just engaged last time we were at Auberge... and now, 4.5 years later about to pop with our baby girl!
 Enjoying our tasting at Duckhorn Winery with our wine educator (and cousin) Lauren.
 Duckhorn is a beautiful winery... if you go, sit on their patio!
 Lauren and me - love this girl!
 Frog's Leap Winery
 Another beautiful place to taste
 Inside Frog's Leap...
 
 Tasting on the patio at Frog's Leap
 The winery dog, Abby, at Frog's Leap.  She was so cute!
 Plump Jack Winery
 It was nice that we all fit into one car.  I didn't mind being the DD to these cuties.
Oxbow Market... which is ADORABLE.  It's right next to Gott's and Model Bakery in Napa.
This place is a must visit if you stay near downtown Napa.
Gott's has great breakfast, and Model Bakery has the best English Muffins.

It was a great trip to Napa and hopefully this is something we can do on a yearly basis with his family.  It was also a reminder that TL and I can and need to make day trips there... it's gorgeous!

28 comments:

Joeylee said...

It looks beautiful there.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I went last year with girlfriends and we had an absolute blast!! What a beautiful place - glad you all had fun!

Carolyn said...

So cute! :) I would LOVE to go to Napa! Someday! :)

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

I love love Napa and Duckhorn is one of the prettier wineries!! And it looks like the weather was perfect!

Tess said...

You are such a good sport to join the whole family wine tasting! I feel like that would be way hard for me if I were pregnant, but thank goodness it's so pretty!!! :)

Lindsay said...

I love Napa! My husband and I went there for our honeymoon and it was so perfect. I am jealous that you live so close! Everything is so beautiful there and I loved looking at your pictures!

Casey Martin said...

looks gorgeous! We're headed down to Napa for the first time later this year! Can't wait!

From Foothills to Fog said...

I go to Napa pretty frequently and I haven't had the chance to go to any of the places you mentioned! I just pinned this post so I can refer back to it on my next visit! Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

I love that you were at the restaurant after your engagement, and again pregnant with your daughter! What fun memories :)

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

So pretty! I want to go!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Beautiful photos! We've only been to Napa once since moving to Tahoe, so I am dying to plan another weekend there this spring, so I'll definitely put these wineries on my list! Also, you are absolutely glowing in these pictures, so excited for you!! :)

Shelley said...

I remember Lauren! :)

Mrs. Pedersen said...

All the photos are beautiful! It's on my list of places to visit. ;-)

Jax said...

SO fun! Love that you live so close to such a beautiful getaway. Eric and I both said we'd like to spend more time in Napa than we did when we were there a couple summers ago. And not even for the tasting really..but b/c it was just so beautiful! Don't get me wrong...the tastings are a bonus. Obviously. :)

The Pink Growl said...

This is gorgeous! Glad you had a great time!

Treasure Tromp said...

looks like such a wonderful trip! I absolutely love wine country!

Adrienne Gomer said...

We're only 40 minutes from napa! After the baby comes, we need to plan a day to meet there.

Shannon Elise said...

Beautiful photos Trace!! Love that you and TL went there after engagement and now back before Andie J arrives. Looks like a fabulous trip.

Lizzy said...

It's funny how I live 10-15 minutes from Napa, but I've never gone wine tasting there! I haven't even gone wine tasting in my own town! I'm not a fan of wine though, but would love to go and spend time at the beautiful wineries!

Nicole Marie said...

love napa . one of the first stops when i move back to ca!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

What a fun idea! And a fun family!

Caroline said...

Beautiful pics.

Ana said...

Fun! I love finding about new places to go in Napa.

Jodi said...

I love Napa! So jealous that you live so close and can go often. Such a good idea to do that as a gift for MIL. Fun times except for the fact that your couldn't drink any of the wine!

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Looks like a beautiful trip! I'll have to check out the Westin for our next trip coming up in July. Thanks for the rec.

Deidre said...

I've never been to Napa, looks like you had an amazing time.

LWLH said...

Looks like a wonderful trip, I'd love to go to a winery especially one in Napa.

hayley [see.hay.fly] said...

Duckhorn is beautiful. I remember going with my Dad and Stepmom and my brothers when we were younger. I honestly haven't been to a winery since turning 21...3 years ago! I need a Napa trip badly. You are looking fab, can't wait to see baby girl soon!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks like it was a great time in Napa! I need to visit that winery.