S: Our Honeymoon, Napa Valley, CA, Oct. 10-17, 2010
FC: Our Honeymoon | Napa Valley
1: Our Honeymoon | Napa Valley, CA | Oct. 10-17, 2010
3: The Carneros Inn was the perfect location to relax after the wedding and enjoy our new status as newlyweds. Beautiful accommodations, gorgeous vistas, and fantastic service! We enjoyed everything thoroughly, from the heated floors in the bathroom with spa shower, to our personal outdoor garden complete with an outdoor soaking tub and rain shower (even indoor and outdoor fireplaces)!
6: Sunrise our first morning -- still on East Coast time!
7: Such beautiful views!
9: Napa Valley is all about the wineries! Our first stop was Artesa to try Albarinos. Unfortunately, the CA version was not as good as the Spanish kind. But the grounds were gorgeous!
10: Next stop was a surprise encounter along the way - Folio. We really enjoyed it! Plus, we met a very interesting couple. He was Swiss!
11: After so much wine, we were glad to enjoy the views at our resort and prepare for a massage.
12: Our next stop was Seavey Vineyards in the Conn Valley. . . | We really enjoyed the wines, especially the Chardonnay . . . | . . . And loved our tour of the grounds and cellar!
14: After best cornbread ever at Rutherford Grill, we drove out of the Valley to downtown St. Helena.
15: Where we had the BEST chocolates ever at Woodhouse Chocolates
16: Next, up Pritchard Hill for Chappellet Winery. We had time to stop and look at the views.
19: Although not our favorite winery (very "bubbly" tour guide, weird newly engaged couple, having to drink outside in 95* heat, and so-so wines), we enjoyed seeing the harvest in process!
20: Derek's favorite winery was Plumpjack - we even got a free tasting thanks to the Carneros Inn!
23: Darioush was recommended by Seavey. When we saw the columns and decor, we were skeptical. We were wrong! The wines (and pistachios) blew us away!
25: We checked out Chateau Montelena (of "Bottle Shock" fame). Although they put American wines on the map while competing in Paris in 1973, we weren't impressed. . . . Beautiful estate, though!
27: We took a break from wine tasting for a horse back ride through Sonoma wine country with Roche Vineyards. We saw beautiful views of old, long dormant volcanos, vineyards and open country. You could also hear cars from the local raceway and just glimpse them lapping the track. Our horses did not like each other, though. They glared at each other and nipped every chance they got!
28: We had a few favorites in Napa- we loved driving our Mercedes (with Satellite Radio - which we set permanently to the 80's) and Dean &Deluca - awesome food and great rosemary bushes and olive tres!
30: This trip was ALL about the food! We had many great culinary adventures. . . .
31: We stopped at the classic Gott's Roadside in Napa for shakes and burgers, revisited the Sarafornia Cafe in Calistoga for their yummy breakfast, and enjoyed homestyle cooking in San Francisco at the tiny Canteen.
33: We went to Ubuntu, an all vegitarian restaurant in Napa. They grow the majority of their own ingredients. So fresh and delicious!
35: One of our most special moments was a 14 course dinner at the famed French Laundry. It was the most indulgent meal, from the freshly shaved truffles to oysters to beef and personalized desserts. Worth every penny of the four figure price tag! A true experience!
36: After drinking and eating our way through Napa, off to Sausalito!
37: The highlight was our Segway tour of the town.. Lots of behind the scenes views!
40: We enjoyed learning about Liberty Dock and the house boats. Each one was unique - many with potted gardens. Our legs were very sore after our tour - Segways are hard!
42: We had fun lounging around town, taking in the pier , views, and performers.
45: We saw some very interesting art at the San Francisco Museam of Modern Art, too. Crazy!
48: "The Honeymoon" And so off they ventured on 10/10/10, So incredibly happy that no one could stop them, To a place that in a certain dialect means plenty, To the place known as Napa Wine Country. Their adventure began in a completely tripped-out Mercedes, Crusing along, blaring nothing but the 80's. They arrived at the Carneros Inn utterly struck by its class and amenities, Including a heated bathroom floor and an outdoor shower, among other nicities. As expected, the wines did not disappoint, Especially Plumpjack and Darioush, there were right on point. Horseback riding through Roche's Vineyard was neat, Followed by a drip to downtown Sonoma for a wine tasting that was a real treat.
49: Surprisingly, the cuisine stole the trip's show, Especially the French Laundry, which demanded a boat load of dough. Rutherford Grill now holds the title of best-ever corn bread, And the Carneros Inn holds the title of best-ever breakfast-in-bed. Woodhouse Chocolates totally came out of nowhere, To become the best-ever chocolates found anywhere. Ubuntu's all-vegetarian dishes were surprisingly great, And so was Canteen's fantastic comfort food which they quickly ate. The final leg of the trip was spent south of Napa near the bay, Zooming around Sausalito on a Segway. They concluded their honeymoone and BEST vacation ever, And the beginning of a fun-filled, loving life together. By: Derek W. Anderson, 4/20/11