Saturday, February 21, 2009

mini holiday in napa valley

We spent the President's Day weekend in the lovely town of Calistoga. We both needed an R&R and this little town provided he perfect spot. It rained all weekend but that didn't damper our spirits one bit. We stayed at a nice 5 room B&B that's situated on top of a hill overlooking several vineyards. We primarily picked this place because they allow dogs, but it turned out to be a real charmer. We definitely have to go back in the summer when it's not soggy, it'll be a nice place to go hiking.

Lots of mustard growing in the valley. It's all very lovely.

On our way to Calistoga, we stopped by downtown Napa to visit Oxbow Market. I've heard so much about it and was looking forward to checking it out. We bought apples, cheeses and a bottle of wine. Most importantly, we had lunch at Hog Island Oyster Farm. The clam chowder deserves to be on this list. It was so good! The clams are so fresh and tasty.

While there we were lucky enough to be able to watch the Amgen Tour of California. It wasn't entirely pleasant cuz we had to wait for them in the freezing rain for about 45 minutes, but hey it was fun in the end.

This photo was taken by my husband. I think it looks great.

A trip to this region will not be complete without spending a few hours at a spa and the requisite winery hopping. I have to that St. Supéry is fast becoming my favorite.

For our last dinner of the weekend, we were lucky enough to score seats at Jole. The food was extremely good. The quail was definitely the star of the night.

The view from the B&B

Old Faithful Geyser

We even saw a rainbow!

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