Friday morning Jordan and I headed to Napa Valley to visit my family in Calistoga. I really do feel like a large part of my heart is in Calistoga and over the past few years it has truly come to feel like a second home. Jordan had never been to Napa Valley and most importantly had never met my family. I was nervous and excited to introduce him to the important people in my life. I have a hard time introducing guys I date to my family, it’s a big, scary and important step to me!
Friday evening we enjoyed a family dinner at a French Cajun inspired restarant called Evangeline. It was delicious and oh-so lovely. I adored the outdoor atmosphere and the salmon was perfect though I admit the waiter may have over served me in the wine department #NotMyFault (;
Saturday morning we headed to Solage’s spa and laid out in the sunshine by the pools before a couple’s massage. Is there anything not to love about massages? If I were a true princess I would indulge in one daily, there is truly no better stress reliever in my opinion. That afternoon we toured the Castello di Amorosa (which I swear I have referenced a million times here). It is such a gorgeous winery and of course there’s no way I can resist a castle (have I mentioned that the venue hosts my favorite parties of all time?). The grounds were packed with people which was a little overwhelming but enjoyable nonetheless. Honestly I really could have cared less about the wine and am always more excited for the tours though the Castle does offer a really unique sparkling red called “Fantasia” that I recommend you try if you’re looking for something a little different.
Sunday morning I ate breakfast with my 7 year old brother Dylan (who is the absolute apple of my eye, shh don’t tell him) before heading to an olive oil tasting at Round Pond. I really didn’t know what to expect as I don’t consider myself an olive oil expert but was very pleasantly surprised by how entertaining and informative the entire tour was.
After the tour we ate lunch at Tra Vigne (yum) before touring Darioush winery in the afternoon (beautiful). Though a tad bit tipsy from all the wine tasting I enjoyed running around the park and pretending to cast spells with my little brother all Sunday afternoon.
His little gap toothed smile and big brown eyes (with the world’s longest eyelashes) kill me. I love him so much I can’t fathom ever loving another child with such overwhelming intensity! My heart hurts when I have to leave him.
By Sunday night dinner with the family I was utterly exhausted from all of the sun and excitement. Jordan and I tried to get to sleep early to catch our bus back to San Francisco at 3am (yipee) and following flight back to Seattle. I consider myself a morning person but I don’t think anyone really shines their brightest when the 2:30am alarm goes off but I couldn’t have asked for a better travel companion to snuggle up on the bus and mutter delirious sleep deprived morning conversation with. I am so grateful for such a gorgeous weekend in Calistoga and I am already eager to return.
Did you have a lovely weekend as well? Update me on the highlights!