Morning! I hope everyone's enjoying their day so far. Last night was a somewhat productive night. I got some grocery shopping done, Monday's workout completed, & the hubs made dinner. Turkey burger w/ chipolte veganaise, and kale salad for me and a pork chop, kale salad and pasta salad for him. We picked out meats at Whole Foods for him to grill & I picked out some salads for us to have.
It was much too hot to have the oven on today. It's been in the 90s here in Chicago. I'm not going to complain because I love this weather. BUT what I don't like is going into freezing cold A/C after being outside. I always freeze to death inside during the summer time.
So, here's the final part of our honeymoon recap. It's an overview of the smaller wineries & the restaurants we went to. Note to anyone looking to wine taste through Napa...5 wineries in one day? Far too many. Here's a list of the smaller wineries we visited. I liked the smaller vineyards because of the one on one attention & the fact that I won't be able to taste most of these wines anywhere else but Napa. All the more reason to go back :-)
- Rutherford Hill
- Frog's Leap
- Clos Du Val
We stumbled upon this one after our wine train tour. It was hidden, set back from the road. We did just the estate tasting for $10 and got to taste about 3 different wines. It was a pretty winery, the wine was good but nothing to write home about. They do have picnic areas available.
They also had a lovely picnic area. LC and I shared a picnic. I wish I had taken a picture of it because it was just so darn cute, but I was too hungry to think about it. But here's the view from the picnic area.
Clos du Val
LC & I have zero bad things to say about the restaurants we went to. At each restaurant we received great service, excellent food, and good wine. Just a little FYI, all the restaurants in Napa allow you to bring your own wine, but they charge you a small corkage fee. The only place where we bought our wine was to Bouchon. We bought a bottle of white with us which we drank before our main courses and then I ordered a class of red to go with my steak.
- Calistoga Inn & Brewery
- Ristorante Allegria
- Gott's Roadside
- Napa Valley Wine Train
Calistoga Inn & Brewery
Perfect lunchtime spot. Located on Hwy 29. Good burgers. Good strawberry milkshakes. End of story.
Napa Valley Wine Train
There you have it! Maria & LC's Napa Wine adventure :-) We're so happy that we went on a honeymoon right after the wedding. I know some couples wait, but I don't know the meaning of that word :-) It was just nice to take a deep breath after the wedding was over and forget about everything. Napa was a good choice for the type of honeymoon we wanted to have. I think next time we go, we'll focus more on the outdoorsy type things that it has to offer. I would love to visit the hotsprings in Calistoga or go kayaking in The Russian River.