Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Yountville Getaway

One of my favorite places in the world to relax and unwind is Yountville. It's such a quaint, sleepy little town with so much to offer from restaurants and wineries to luxury hotels and spas. I was able to find a great deal for the Vintage Inn, sister property of the Villagio Inn & Spa, so jumped on it immediately for a quick two day weekend trip. It was the perfect amount of time to enjoy a handful of wineries and the adorable town of Yountville. 
Here are a few shots of the scenery at the Vintage Inn. I've been here several times now and am always impressed with the amenities, which include free wine tasting passes, an insanely good champagne brunch, access to the indulgent Villagio spa and a complimentary bottle of wine (goes well by the fireplace or in the big jacuzzi tub!).
Our first stop on our wine tour was Domaine Chandon. Although the place itself a bit commercial, the champagne is delicious and I always enjoy some good bubbles. We sat outside on a large patio with the autumn leaves and sun all around us.
Next up was a stop at one of my favorite lunch spots when wine tasting: V. Sattui. They have a really great deli inside the tasting room where you can order sandwiches and salads to take outside and enjoy on picnic benches. We got the chicken and pesto sandwich and turkey cranberry along with a golden beet salad. If you're in the mood for BBQ, they usually have several stations going on weekends.
The last stop on our tour was my absolute favorite winery, Rombauer. You really can't beat their chardonnay or any of their red wines...not to mention that view of the valley. Jim and I are members of the wine club and it's really a great investment as you get free tastings anytime you go up there for up to four people. 
We spent Sunday leisurely brunching at the Villagio. Since it's a sister property of the Vintage Inn, you can go to either hotel for brunch. I love the views here on the patio with the vineyards in the background. 
Here's the full breakfast spread...all the pastries, cheeses, oatmeal, yogurts and fruit you could imagine. And outside on the patio, you can have a waffle or omelette made fresh just for you.
Before heading over to the spa for a steam, we lounged by the pool for a bit. As you can see, it's a very zen space where you can just let your thoughts go.
I've already booked our next trip there and cannot wait to go! Until next time, Napa...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Celebrating M + C

Love sweet love was the theme of last Saturday's engagement party for my sister Myriah and her fiance Corey. The groom-to-be's parents and sister did an incredible job pulling together all the details and yummy food to make this the perfect autumn celebration of their upcoming nuptials. My favorite dishes included apple pie & cheese crostini and tiny chocolate chip cookies. I love how they really thought about every detail from the silver pumpkins and oversized wooden frame at the entrance to the vintage white wine bucket and tea kettle vases. It was absolutely perfect and the best way to toast the happy couple. Here are just a few snaps of the beautiful party...

Congratulations Myriah & Corey! Can't wait for the celebrations to continue next year! 


Monday, 4 November 2013

Farmers Market By The Sea

Even though there's nothing like the farmers market at the Ferry Building, the Fort Mason farmers market in the Marina is a perfect mini version for times you don't want to make the trip downtown. It happens every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and boasts a couple dozen vendors ranging from homemade pasta and seasonal flowers to artisan cheeses and a rotisserie truck serving roasted chickens to-go and delectable potato wedges. If the photos are any indication, the produce is fresh fresh fresh. And it's such a better, more relaxing experience than popping to the grocery store. Go check it out this weekend!

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