Napa Valley

Napa Valley Guide- Where to Go, Eat and Sleep

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I went to Napa Valley earlier this month.  I have to say that going to Napa with my husband was such an amazing trip for me.  I went to Napa with a friend and it was fun, but I really wanted to experience it with my husband.  Not only is Napa romantic, but it’s such a beautiful place to experience with someone you love…..and I learned so much. Many people think that going to Napa is just about drinking lots of wine. Well, for some it is, but for us we loved learning about how wine was made and how each one is different, in addition to tasting many wines. It’s actually inspired me to take some classes in wine making.

What I have to say next may make you sad…..going to Napa on a tight budget is hard.  Many of the hotels in the area can be very pricey and many of the most popular wineries charge a fee for tastings.   As with any wine tasting trip, you don’t want to stay in a hotel that is too far away because you have to drive. You could take an Uber or hire a driver but that can get really expensive fast.   … Read Full Post

How to Pack a Wine Picnic

How to Pack a Wine Picnic- My Favorite Essentials

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I love going wine tasting and I love a good picnic.  If you’ve ever been wine tasting, you probably noticed the strange phenomenon that wineries rarely have food.  If they do have food, they usually don’t have much variety and it won’t be gluten free (I’m gluten intolerant).  Therefore, I’m in the habit of packing a wine picnic when we go wine tasting.  I’ve packed quite a few at this point, so I know what works and what doesn’t, so I’m pretty much an expert on how to pack a wine picnic.
 
Here are my Wine Picnic Essentials:
 
How to Pack a Wine Picnic
 
  1. I decided that instead of buying a picnic table cover that I would simply re-purpose one of my Turkish beach towels
  2. It can be very windy on a vineyard, so these colorful cloth napkins come in very handy.
  3. I love these great melamine salad plates and they all fit in the picnic basket. 
  4. Pack an all purpose cutting board
  5. I love to bring music with me too, but make sure that you’re not bothering other people.  I love this Beats Pill.
  6. I also really love my insulated picnic basket.
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paso robles

A Weekend in Paso Robles- What Not to Miss

So if you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I love to go wine tasting. In addition to going to the Santa Ynez Valley I also like to go to Paso Robles which is 3 to 4 hours away from Los Angeles.  When we go to Paso Robles we usually spend 2-3 days, after that my husband and I are over wine tasting.  That’s why I also give suggestions on other things to in the area besides wine tasting. So, here is my list of things to do when you’re in Paso Robles for 48 to 72 hours:

Where to Stay in Paso Robles

  • La Bellasera Hotel Every time we’ve been to Paso Robles we stay at La Bellasera, it’s centrally located and has nice amenities.  They call it a “luxury hotel”, but I feel that it’s a solid 3.5 star hotel.  If you don’t want to venture out for dinner after a long day of wine tasting, the Enoteca Restaurant on site has a great menu.

Where to Eat Breakfast 

  • Vics Café is our only go to spot for breakfast. We stumbled upon this restaurant on our first morning in Paso, 3 years ago. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they have gluten-free toast (I’m gluten free) as an option for breakfast.
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