a california getaway

While the past few months since we bought the house have been crazy, we did do a few things other than home repair this summer. For one, we took a trip to California!

We started by flying out to San Francisco for our close friends’ wedding. It took place in a gorgeous park with the reception in her family’s stunning backyard. It was simply beautiful, with lots of fun touches. We had a fantastic time, but unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to share. We were just too busy having a great time. You’ll just have to take my word for it. After partying with them for the weekend, we drove up to Napa to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying California.

On the first day, we were getting ourselves acquainted with the valley and there might have been an occasion where I shrieked and grabbed Rob’s arm, dancing in my seat and pointing out the fact that we were passing Dean & Deluca.

It was just a little bit of heaven inside.

The most beautiful produce,

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any kind of candy you could want,

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the cutest coffee bar

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cupcakes to die for,

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and the most amazing chocolates.

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And it was all so beautiful. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of everything.

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One of everything? Yes please.

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Definitely a favorite stop. Perhaps one that we made every day while we were there. They had the most stunning cupcakes.

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Lest you think that all we did was eat on the trip, we also saw some cool things.

The Petrified Forest

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California’s “Old Faithful” Geyser (which is not half as cool as Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, by the way. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.)

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On our way to the coast, we stopped by the Kendall Jackson winery for a visit.

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We drove out to the Sonoma Coast and drive up Highway 1 for a bit.

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Oh and we ate some more too.

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Our second day, we visited some amazing wineries and also ate some more chocolate.

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But really, can you blame us?

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We stopped by Thomas Keller’s Bouchon bakery for some lunch.

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Where I saw none other than Jean-Luc Picard. But, we didn’t want to disrupt his lunch, so we contented ourselves with taking super-far-away pictures so as not to bother him. Yeah, that’s totally him on the phone in the background.

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One of the places we went was this awesome tasting room of Hestan Vineyards.

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The cool modern look made me think of my brother, Paul.

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Then we visited Chateau Boswell to finish off our day.

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Our last day in California we drove down to San Francisco for the afternoon to see a few of the required sights.

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We had a really great time. Someone else want to get married somewhere cool so we can take another vacation?

3 thoughts on “a california getaway

  1. Those are my favorite type of vacations just wandering and stopping. I love the Ocean shots. I’ve never been to that far part of the pacific coast. And did I see some cannoli’s in one of those bakeries…

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