and do this past weekend all over again? Because if I could, I totally would. Trips up north make me so very, very happy. Even incredibly quick ones. Being able to soak in actual fall with leaves, and colors and harvesting...yes, please, I will take some more of that.
California is a big state. It has a lot of wonderful, beautiful, exciting places and it may be impossible to pick a favorite place in this state (because I also just stink at picking definitive favorites of anything), but Napa Valley easily makes my top three. I think I may have fallen in love with vineyards and Napa at the young age of 12 when I saw the new version of Parent Trap in the theaters. But the love has been completely engrained after many trips visiting one of my best friend's family vineyard. The above picture is more or less their backyard.
The whole area though, t's just so beautiful. And I am so lucky to have the benefit of expert tour guides each and every visit. Which is great, because there are so many incredible things to do and experience there. For example...this is not Europe below. This is a castle...in napa. (I may have pretended I was in Europe for a bit...but I stayed very solidly on US soil.)
Spotted through out the weekend... patterns and lettering...
Let me just take a moment : the fig cafe - we decided money would became no object at lunch. The food was too incredible to order sensible amounts. bread basket and spreads? yes. full lunch? yes. fries or salad? both. dessert? absolutely, are you kidding...when it is pear and ginger cheesecake? I only regret not ordering two.
Don't you just love that old school pattern? The style is so weird and whimsical. And sometimes, I can't help myself with the flooring-feet pictures. This one was from the Bouchon Bakery in Yountville where I had my very first macaroon. I now completely understand what the hype surrounding these little beautiful cookie treats is all about- they are incredible. I also totally loved the Bouchon Bakery logo and packaging (and potato chips).
Perfect combination for a weekend: inspiration, beauty, extremely tasty food, and time spent with the best of friends.