Monday, January 30, 2017

Napa: Our Love Language

In our family we have a saying, "You stepped off the plane and...." or "You stepped out of the car and..." Meaning we want every single detail, starting from the very beginning of your adventure or trip or fun activity!! 

Napa was definitely that! Trav and I absolutely loved going for our 1 year anniversary back in March, but this time we went for Trav's birthday trip and there were 8 of us. Yalllll. Napa with a group of 8 is SO much fun!! We had a phenomenal group of friends and we had a phenomenal time. We left Friday morning at 7 am and Sister Laura Pocket and Naked Nick were on our flight with us. I actually opted for not taking a dramamine and only took ginger pills. Good news! It worked! I didn't get motion sick on the plane or the hour drive to our spot! 

We got to San Fran about 40 minutes before the other 4 arrived. Our plan was to grab our luggage and get the van. That's right. Van. We had our very own 12 passenger van that was a thing of beauty. She treated us well all weekend! Trav used a company called Zeeba. They met us at the airport and the employee uber'd back. It was so convenient and we would definitely use it again.  

We made the quick drive to Napa and ate lunch at Gott's Roadside. We got to the resort, checked in, and got to move in to our house for the weekend! It was recommended by Ashley's parents who had stayed there with friends. It was the perfect place. We took about 30 minutes to decorate and then were headed out to our first wine tasting. 

Duckhorn. The weather was perfect and we sat out on the patio and enjoyed our wine! 

Next, we had to determine our plan. The original plan was to head to Silver Oak... for a special event.. but there was some traffic in our way. After a discussion, we decided to head to Silver Oak despite the traffic. We arrived a little later than planned, but Ashley talked her way into serving us some wine. At this point, I think we were all antsy and nervous because we all knew what was coming. After a group of 8 girls bothered us for a group picture, the boys knew the plan was to try and separate ourselves a little bit. So, Nick and Dustin started playing tag...... outside of the winery..... so THIS could happen! 

Matt proposed to Stacy right there at sunset. It was so beautiful and just the most fantastic way to begin our trip!! We went straight from there to our favorite dinner spot, Farmstead. If I was going to say you have to go somewhere in Napa, it would be Farmstead. The food is the best and the company that night was stellar. 

We woke up, drank all the coffee in our house, and were headed out for our Saturday. First up was Stags' Leap. Now, there are two similar wineries - Stag's Leap and Stags' Leap.. so if you want to go to the one we went to.. make sure you go to the plural stags.. not singular. This was sister Laura's favorite place of the trip. The 1800's house has the original woodwork and is absolutely beautiful. 

The best part about the house was when Prohibition occured, the wife built a speak easy underneath the house! There was a trap door that led down to an area with the original bar and copper sink and fixtures still there! 

Next, we had lunch at a bakery... which we ate in our van.. before we headed to Pine Ridge. Bernard was our tour guide who ended up being cooler than we originally thought he would be. We made a stop at Robert Sinskey, where we ended up making an appointment for the girls the next day. This night might have been my favorite. We headed to the house and ordered pizza. We played dominos, watched football, and maybe some of us danced on tables.

The quote on the painting says, "Here the poetry is not only in wine, but in song and story, in food and flowers, in all the arts, and in gatherings of people who enjoy them." 

It's safe to say Napa is our love language. 

Stay tuned for my favorite tomorrow. 

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