Noteworthy Napa: A 24 Hour Sampler

This year we celebrated my birthday Napa style in September with 24 hours of tasting, dining and hot springing. Really one needs at least a week to properly explore the Napa Valley. Traveling with limited time we curated a sampler itinerary with some of  the best experiences the valley has to offer. I hope you enjoy. Xx CindyIMG_3271

Summers bounty, ripe organic Cabernet grapes still on the vine at Ehlers Estate in St. Helena

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The first night we dined at the highly recommended French Blue in St Helena, this outdoor fireplace on the patio is double sided and also faces the street, attracting passersby with its flickering glow.

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Inside the dining room at French Blue, I love the clean look of the simple white pendant shades illuminating the room with a soft uniform glow.

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Hidden away comfortably chic luxury “cabins” are the accommodations at Solage in Calistoga

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Happy Birthday girl on a morning stroll of the Solage grounds.

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Alfresco breakfast by the pool at Solbar, Solage’s dining delight.

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Life giving elements fire, water and earth cleverly embodied in this serene fountain by the pool

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The Bar in Solbar

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My mouthwatering favorite, lemon ricotta pancakes rolling in blueberries and pinion nuts. Yum!

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Mount Washington and the Solage Swimming pool will have to wait for another day, we are off to the Indian Springs to play.

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Indian Springs the oldest watering hole in Calistoga with natural mineral water, is relaxing experience not to be missed.

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The Indian Springs Buddah Pond, a sanctuary for quite meditation and lounging between massages.

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Lounging by the Buddha pond and watching the dragonflies racing each other is so delightful I didn’t want to leave.

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At the spa orange slices are chilled on ice for a natural refreshing treat.

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Design inspiration, palm fronds are used to emboss the cement with a organic vibe.

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The fabulous pool house at Indian Springs looks like something out of 1930’s Hollywood film with it’s Art Deco Design.

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Glamorous orange curtains shield bathers from the midday sun.

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I could float on this noodle all day in the Olympic size natural mineral hot springs pool.

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With only enough time for one winery, we choose Swanson Sip Shoppe for it’s clever inspiring decor and tasty wines.

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Join the Club….. don’t mind if we do. According to the Swanson’s club membership has it’s privileges… we can see why inside the Sip Shoppe with it’s striking red and white striped tented walls and roof and vintage furnishings.

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My Mom and I celebrating and sipping in style….

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Cleaver marketing on the classic red table wine entices customers with fun sayings and a simple elegant font.

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Just in time for the Holidays the perfect hostess gift mix and match Modern House Wines .

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Famished from all the sipping we swing by the Boon Fly Cafe for a delicious rustic pizza on our way to Sonoma Valley.

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Catching the last rays of the day in a photo shoot at the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma.

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