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NorCal Trip!

SO, I just got back from my trip to Napa, CA and I could cry real tears because I’m no longer in paradise. I always say I love places but I REAAALLLYYYYY LOVE NAPA! Where else can you pet a horse, feed a donkey, go on a hike, get coffee at a cute cafe, eat avo toast, go wine tasting at Domain Chandon, and get an expensive dinner ALL IN ONE DAY? Literally nowhere, that’s the answer. And this is why I am moving (in my dreams, and also against my husband’s will). I wanted to share some of the AWESOME stuff that I did, and if you ever make your way to California, skip SoCal and hit up NorCal because THAT is where its at.

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I went to Napa to visit my friend Rylee, who GREW UP IN NAPA (how does one get that lucky, pls tell me). I met Ry in Hawaii because both of our guys are stationed there in the Marines. Super cool meeting a nice, normal friend (military life is weird, people are catty, I legit stay out of everything and didn’t care about meeting anyone new or having friends until I met her). The boys are deployed, so we made this trip happen as the highlight of our six months without them (this deployment has been absolutely miserable for all parties involved but its almost over!!!). I flew 6.5 hours to SF, rode the shuttle (Evans Airport Shuttle is the bomb if you need a ride to Napa. $40 cash only but so convenient). As soon as I arrive, Ry took me to Gott’s Roadside for an UNBELIEVABLE BURGER. Seriously, the best burger, but so fricken filling, we were unbelievably full for the rest of the day. She drove me around and we ended up at the Napa Valley sign and obviously needed a picture (seen above), then we made our way to Castello di Amorosa winery (the famous castle winery) and it was GORGEOUS!

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The vineyards are absolutely amazing and you see them anywhere you drive. Such a beautiful place, no words will do it justice, you just need to go and see for yourself!

The next day we woke up early AF (like we usually do). We also go to bed super early (I’m 26 and Ry is 21…. and we are both 97 at heart with a 9:30pm bedtime). Anyways, I drove to SF in her car because the hills are WILD, even I was terrified and have no clue why I offered to drive when I’m not a spectacular driver myself. We stopped at the Golden Gate. I truly wish it existed in Boston, like, I would duplicate it and put it here if I had that power. Breathtaking views no matter where you stand to see it!

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We also went to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse but didn’t actually eat anything because they were out of cronuts. I will eat one when I go back (keyword is ‘when’ because it IS happening).

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We also saw the “Painted Ladies”. My husband’s fave show was Full House (you’re def jealous babe but its okay because we will move there and you can see them all the time!).

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SF is really just another city to me. I am much more into the places surrounding it, but still really cool to see! We also ate in-n-out on the way back to Napa. You best believe I CRUSHED my entire meal, animal-style everything.image1 (5)

We went to Sonoma the next day. Ate at Sunflower Cafe and had MONSTER MIMOSAS. Literal monsters.

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If you are ever in Sonoma, go to Sunflower Cafe for the goat cheese & avo sandwich, and a few Monster Mimosas. Most amazing meals ever!

We also did some wine tasting at Domaine Chandon. Beautiful winery and amazing champagne!

My husband bought me that romper as a surprise with the round bag that I instructed him to buy. He did well, don’t you think?! Round bag & romper are both from Forever21, and the total of the both items qualifies you for free shipping according to my hub ๐Ÿ™‚

I could go on and on about the things to do in the Napa area, but I will leave you with a few of my suggestions and pics from the trips.

Please go to:

  1. Bouchon Bakery (Yountville)
  2. Home Coffee (SF)
  3. R&D Kitchen (Yountville) GET THE CRISPY CHIK SANDWICH YOU WILL NOT REGRET.
  4. Domaine Chandon (Yountville)
  5. Sunflower Cafe (Sonoma)
  6. Tank Garage Winery (Calistoga)
  7. Castello di Amorosa (Calistoga)
  8. Gott’s Roadside (Napa & everywhere else)
  9. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (SF)
  10. Ashes & Diamonds Winery (Napa)
  11. Small World Cafe (Napa)

Honestly probably a million more but my brain is fried from thinking about the crispy chicken sandwich and how hungry I am, so here are a few more pics, and get to booking your flight to SF!

 

xx,

Lyss