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Napa – you have my heart!  

I must say that I almost didn’t return from our trip two weeks ago.  If it weren’t for the Beazy, we may have just stayed there the rest of our lives. 

This.trip.was.incredible and all thanks to my amazing husband.

Let me first start by saying that leaving Bea for even just a couple of days gave me high anxiety but that was quickly relieved by Jordan’s parents and my parents who willingly volunteered to watch her while we were gone.  THANK GOODNESS!  

Once I knew she was going to be in great hands I finally started getting excited for the trip.  Jordan had the whole thing planned and didn’t give me any real clues on what we would be doing until we got on the plane Tuesday night.

Here is how our weekend went…

[Wednesday morning stop in San Fran for a quick breakfast and a quick pop in at my favorite bracelet store – Hermes.  SO pumped to add another one to my collection and it’s the perfect thing to remind me of our trip & my very special 30th birthday.]

[Find my vest HERE, fringe booties HERE, and scarf HERE.]

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 [The blue skinny was my fave :)]

[We then traveled over the Golden Gate and made our first stop at Domaine Carneros 

[1st stop and tasting was at Domain Carneros.  HIGHLY recommend starting the trip off here.  It was THE PERFECT kickoff to our tasting tour and the sparkling was delish.]

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[Our next stop (before heading to the hotel) was to Chandon.  No pics from this place because the vibe was a little….off.  It felt very commercialized and we were sitting next to these women talking about their divorces….needless to say, we downed our glass and left.  #bitchdontkillmyvibe ]

[We finally made our way to the hotel- North Block Hotel – and I was SO taken aback by how beautiful it was.  Everything I love about a hotel it had – awesome decor, outdoor fire pits, friendly staff, a cool logo that was used throughout (the marketer in me can just appreciate good branding), AMAZING bath products, HUGE tub, and a very zen spa.

When we checked in they offered us a glass of bubbly and told us that my incredible friends upgraded our room for my birthday.  Was I in a dream?  This was heaven.  

We made it to our room and waiting for us next to the in-room fireplace (thanks, girls) was a bottle of sparkling wine from my brother and sister in law.  So thoughtful and I just couldn’t believe all of these surprises.  We popped the bottle and when Jordan left to grab waters I immeditaly hopped into the tub.  Now, anyone that knows me knows I LOVE a great bubble bath.  Just sitting, relaxing, reading – I could sit in there all day….and I did…about 6 times in 3 days.  It was amazing.]

[Where I started and ended each day.]

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[Dinner Wednesday night was so incredible.  We ate at Bottega and not only was the food delish but the service was incredible too.  Favorite thing we ordered?  The cauliflower.]

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[Rise and shine on Thursday morning!]

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[The key was everywhere – this was where their incredible branding came into play.  In the hotel lobby they had a wall COVERED in brass keys that all looked like the ones on these slippers.  This key was found throughout the hotel and when we left – we asked if we could take one off of the wall as a way to remember our experience 🙂  It now hangs from a long chain that I can’t wait to wear as a necklace.]

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[So, one of the best things that Jordan set up was a driver for Thursday and Friday so we would’t have to worry about drinking and driving and we could genuinely relax.  Our first stop was to Sterling.  The cool thing about Sterling is the view.  We took a gondola up to the top of the mountain and participated in a self guided tour that took us to one of the most incredible views of Napa Valley.]

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[They also had this adorable chalkboard as you walked in…]

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[Now on to lunch!  Jordan made a reservation at Farmstead.  THANK GOODNESS he got the recco from one of my best friends who said it was her favorite place because I couldn’t agree more.  One of THE best meals I’ve ever had (and yes, I ordered a burger).]

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[Our stop after lunch was to Honig.  Honig is a family own vineyard that we (obviously) love their logo.  Great wine too :)]

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[Our next stop of the day was to Gamble.  The Gamble family (of Procter and Gamble) was a once in a lifetime experience.  We met with their wine maker who had us tasting wine straight of the barrels to see if we could tel the difference that the barrel makes.  Everyone was so friendly, super knowledgable, and we were the only ones there.  It was just a really cool experience.]

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[A stop in the mustards!]

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[One of my favorite things was that our hotel was in Yountville which seemed close to a lot of things.  We were able to walk into downtown Yountville and walk to most of our meals.  After we were dropped off Thursday we went into town and just looked around.  One of the coolest things?  The French Laundry’s garden that was right across the street from their restaurant.  EVERYTHING they use on their menu comes from this garden and it was open to the public to just walk around!

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[After we spent some time downtown we came back to the hotel, got dressed and then walked to Ad Hoc for dinner.  It was amazing.]

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[Friday morning was a little more relaxed.  I started the day at the spa while Jordan slept in and then we walked to Bouchon Bakery for breakfast before getting picked up.]

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[Our only schedule vineyard for the day (Friday) was to one of our most anticipated – Scribe.  We were introduced to Scribe by my sister and brother in law and it did NOT disappoint.  We walked up for our tasting and were just so taken aback by the stunning view of the vineyard and the neon mustards.  We settled at a picnic table and the vibe was just so cool – they had great music, stack of blankets to wrap yourself in because of the breeze, and the wine was so crisp and refreshing.  If I can make ONE recommendation for your trip to Napa – it is this place. ]

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[After going through our tasting and then most of a bottle of wine, we hopped into the car and realized that we could drink the back seat.  We continued the party as we rode over to Sonoma Square.  After stopping there we went to Oxbow Market for a late lunch/early dinner and then headed back to the hotel where we CRASHED. ]

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[We left early Saturday morning and spent the majority of the day traveling back to Cinci so that I could wake up on Sunday (Feb 7th) in my own bed and spend the day with Bea.  It was perfect and SUCH an incredible trip.]

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[My 30th birthday, February 7th, was exactly 7 months post our 7/7 transplant date.  And Bea was looking happier than ever!]

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XO

Hillary

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