Vino Vino Vengo.

Time is just crawling by until my upcoming vacation to Napa CA
As it is approaching (not quickly enough for me!) I have been solidifying our itinerary.
In our relationship
I am the planner.
Which for the most part I thoroughly enjoy.
I love to create experiences, whether it be vacation planning, wedding planning or just a Friday night get-together.
Something I don't love planning is weekly meals
like when the bf looks at me and says "What are we doing for dinner?"
and I think to myself, "Do I look like the gatekeeper of your food intake here?!" lol
But I digress.
Here is a little sneak peek of our activities for your enjoyment
or inspiration! Because I think this is going to be a jolly good time.

1. Avia Hotel

 So we are staying at the Avia hotel in Napa.
This place got great reviews and the bf loves it because of its fancy bathroom (I know hilarious right!)
It's located downtown, which is experiencing a revival apparently.
A family friend who lives in Napa said the hotel is awesome.
It's also like 5 mins away from a winery we are crazy about.
Double score!

2. Napa Valley Wine Train

Ok I am really beyond excited about this one.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is a restored train (some cars are as old as 1915)
that takes you up into wine country to do some wine tasting!
On the way you get a 3 course meal (gourmet I'm told, & better be for the price!) in this awesome dining car.
The ticket we bought takes us to Grgich Hills Winery for an hour of wine tasting & touring
There was an option for champagne tasting but it was only available on Fridays/Saturdays and we won't be there. Boohoo about that.

3. Oxbow Public Market

Fashioned after the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace (a place I've never been sadly)
this seems to be like a permanently established farmer's market
Filled with artisan cheeses, specialty chocolates and little gems just waiting to be found
I think it will be a relaxing way to waste away an afternoon after wine tasting or mud bathing. Yes I said mud bathing!

4. Calistoga Mud Baths
I haven't decided which location yet, but I will be indulging in some volcanic ash mud bathing!
Calistoga is about 40 mins from downtown Napa and is famous for their mud baths.
Supposed to have healing elements I definitely want to make a stop at one
and maybe wrangle a massage in there too!

So thats the basics for now. There are of course restaurants calling my name and little shops whispering in my ear.
I didn't realize there was a river in Napa! So I want to check out the river-front shops and maybe take a little river cruise.
And of course Truchard Vineyards.
Seriously check it out.
Any native Naponians (I'm sure this is wrong, but so funny) out there with suggestions?
or ladies who've had the luxury of visiting?
I'm open for anything!
Except hot air balloon rides :)


Miss Makes-a-lot | June 21, 2010 at 12:14 PM

looks AMAZING! i am the planner too, which is nice because i am a semi-control freak...have ohh so much fun in NAPA, lucky lucky!! :) i will live vicariously though your pics when you return!

Katie | June 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Everything looks great!

Taj Acosta | June 21, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Sounds like you've got a perfect trip planned!
p.s. I'm the planner in my relationship as well. What would they do without us!

shari @ little blue deer | June 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

That is going to be such an amazing trip! I stayed at an Avia here in Savannah and it was really nice, I was impressed, plus yes, they do have fabulously luxurious bathrooms! I'm sure you will take plenty of pictures to make us all jealous (like these aren't enough, lol!)

A.Co | June 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM

First off, wow, this vacation is gonna be AWESOME!!

THe mud bath is quite the sight to be seen! Can't wait to hear more about it once you've done it.

Secondly, I just found your blog tonight!

Lastly, um, that's all I guess ;)

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

PS - Love your header and blog name.

Taj Acosta | June 23, 2010 at 1:21 PM

uggg I need your help! I am so about to blow up my savings!! There is this purse that I've wanted foooorrrever. no lie.
And it's on sale for more than half off. I just don't know what to do!! I'm going to regret it if I don't get it! It's an Alexander Wang purse! Falling off the wagon.....or not

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} | June 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Sounds like such a fun and relaxing trip!!

Laura Loo | June 24, 2010 at 3:34 PM

ooh that looks so fun, i cannot wait to hear about it and get some good tips and suggestions on where to go! I am from Cali, bay area not too far from Napa, yet I've never gone!! granted, i've only been 21 for 2 years and was away at college and then Australia for all that i'll like vicariously through you for now! :D

Caroline | June 25, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Ok .. so you MUST stop at Domaine Chandon in Yountville which is about 20 to 30 minutes from Calistoga ... one of my favorite places to grab some bubbly. Then in Yountville Bouchon Bakery get anything and everything. Rutherford Grill has the best lemonade, food and oreo cookie sandwiches with homemade whipped cream. Downtown Calistoga is ADORABLE and you will love Indian Springs .... downtown St. Helena is a fun stop as well. Once Taylor's Refresher has yummy food and milkshakes but now it is called Gott's ... if you like Ahi the Ahi burger is incredible, and their sweet potato fries are out of this world. Hope this helps oh and don't forget Castello di Amorosa ... really neat location and fun. I just wrote a novel :)!!! XO

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