California: Napa Valley No. 3

For our third and final stop, we headed to the dreamy Carneros Inn!

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When: April 2016

Where: Napa Valley, California

Stayed: The Carneros Inn

Instagram: #wellsincalifornia

On the way down from Calistoga, we stopped at the Oakville Grocery for coffee, and it was the most beautiful market. It had everything and anything you could possibly want for a picnic, a lunch or a four-course dinner.

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We then continued on to breakfast at The Fremont Diner. Such a fun and colorful vibe, with great objects being sold up front (incense, mexican blankets, postcards)… My pancakes were outrageously good, as were the eggs benny!

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After breakfast, we continued on to Scribe, a laid back winery with views for days. I had discovered Scribe after seeing an event they did with Hartwood, and it had been on my list ever since. Such a perfect time! Afterwards, we checked out Sonoma’s town square – I recommend Sunflower Caffé, The Girl and the Fig and The Loop if you are there!

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embroidered blouse via Gathered in St. Helena

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As soon as we pulled into The Carneros Inn, we were greeted by the friendliest and warmest people – as well as wine and chocolate! Our ‘garden suite’ was incredibly perfect: two separate cottages, connected by a shared outdoor space. Naturally, the outdoor showers were my favorite amenity, and perfect for my new Kate Spade NY sleepwear. My mom and I had matching ‘goodnight’ robes, but she told me I was on my own with wearing a silk chemise. Ha!

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robe here, here

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silk chemise here, romper version here / large daisy case here, small daisy case here

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We also loved the mountaintop pool and hot tub, and were the only crazy New Englanders swimming and lounging out this time of year.

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dress purchased at Tossed in calistoga, similar one here / sandals here, here

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caftan dress here / similar here, here, here

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The Boon Fly Cafe was another favorite. We had dinner there, as well as breakfast, and everything was SO delicious, from the fried chicken to the artichoke dip to the truffle fries to the donuts. My gosh, those donuts!

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On our last full day in Napa, LEWT picked us up bright and early for another day of wine tasting. Neither my mom nor I had ever been in a Tesla before, so it was a really neat – and eco-friendly – way to tour the vineyards. I highly recommend!

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Our first winery was The Hess Collection. The wine and cheese pairing was amazing, and we also loved wandering the galleries. So much contemporary art on display.

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daisy dress / romper / maxi / shorts / similar sandals / sunglasses / bag

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For lunch, we headed to the Oxbow Market, which was a mini version of the San Francisco Ferry Building. Three Twins Ice Cream, Hog Island, Gott’s Roadside… there is something for everyone!

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The second winery we visited was Artesa. This experience was delightful in every way, from the tour to the tasting. Annie showed us around, and we chatted over wine for hours. Truly loved it here!

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We ended the day at Ma(i)sonry, a wine collective in Yountville. Snuggled up in blankets in the beautifully designed courtyard, we enjoyed our giant charcuterie platters as much as we did the wine!

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Until next time, Napa!

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Lauren

  1. Maggie

    So many pretty photos!! I’ve been meaning to get out there and will have to check out places you suggested 🙂

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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    • Lauren

      Thank you so much! And yes, Napa was amazing, cannot say enough good things!

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  2. Awesome. They recently completed renovations on the Carneros Inn, so I really want to check out the updates! Boonfly is awesome and the art collection at Hess is great – love the flaming typewriter. Thanks for sharing your experience and hope you return to visit us in Wine Country soon!

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    • Lauren

      No way! I need to get back there and see the updates as well – we loved loved loved our time there – such an incredible place! xo

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