Tuesday, October 6, 2009

On Vacation

So I am back from a GREAT vacation! I went to Napa Valley for 5 days and let me tell you just how BEAUTIFUL and CHARMING it is! I'll share some pics and tips (in case you want to travel there)!
Of course the best part of the trip was all of the yummy restaurants that we ate at. We ate at two of the Thomas Keller restaurants...

Out of all of the restaurants AD HOC was by far the BEST. Ad Hoc serves a fixed menu or a vegetarian option. I was a bit worried because I am really picky, however, I lucked out and every course was delicious.
All of the Thomas Keller restaurants get their produce from this garden which is in walking distance to all of his restaurants!

Bottega was another restaurant that we ate at, you may know the chef/owner Michael Chiarello from the food network. Surprisingly we ran into him several times! My friend Michelle was OVERLY excited to see him (which became an ongoing joke the entire trip).

Bouchon Bakery was my favorite place to catch a quick breakfast or snack. Thomas Keller also owns this bakery. I had the sudden urge to open a bakery like this one...but then I remembered I don't bake!

In Yountville we ran into this adorable art gallery and winery called Maisonry ...Michelle and I both agreed this place was made for me!

Here are two night shots...we loved it so much we went back one evening before dinner to enjoy a delicious wine flight, cheese, figs, and nuts!

These are a few pics from the cutest store...

Here is a picture from the bike wine tour we took...I was so excited about this until everyone was about a mile in front of me and I thought I was going to DIE! Seriously, they should warn you before booking this! I thought it was going to be a relaxing bike ride though the hills and wineries, however, I felt like I was taking part in the tour de France! I didn't think I was out of shape but guess what...I am! I was the only one who was having trouble riding the 15 miles through winding roads...anyways think twice before booking this! i did manage to take a few pics from the tour and this one happens to be my favorite picture from the entire trip...I LOVE the view!
A beautiful view from the Opus One winery.

We stayed at the Carneros Inn in Napa. Here are a few pics...

You get your own private cottage and each cottage has it's own private patio including an outdoor shower.
If you are planning a trip feel free to ask me for advice...Thanks for viewing pics from my much needed vacation. I am relaxed and ready for the holidays! Can you believe while I was gone we began getting TONS of holiday shipments in...I can't wait!!!

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