Posts Tagged 'California'

Back from the Motherland.

The motherland. That for me – at this very moment in time would be Napa Valley. I was there in mid-October for one of the most important events of my life. The romance and memories will last forever. It will always be the place where I shared my heart and hand. And I am ready to return.

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More about this romantic adventure to come…

Timeless Cali-appeal.

Something about this California home is so inviting, so no-nonsense, and so timeless. Take away all of the trends, take away all of the glitz, remove abstract art and materials and this is what you have. A laid-back, serene, calm, California charm of a home.

I'm sometimes a neutral girl so this simple living room appeals to my senses!

I'm sometimes a neutral girl so this simple living room appeals to my senses!

I like the simplicity of this couch - begs to be sprawled out on with a good book!

I like the simplicity of this couch - begs to be sprawled out on with a good book!

The leather chairs add a hint of black, smooth texture, and a lived in look to the bright dining room

The leather chairs add a hint of black, smooth texture, and a lived in look to the bright dining room

Simple chairs and symmetrical seating is flanked by a moody oil painting.

Simple chairs and symmetrical seating is flanked by a moody oil painting.

I would sit in that chair all of the time while I watch my honey cook for me (ha! Thanks babe!))

I would sit in that chair all of the time while I watch my honey cook for me (ha! Thanks babe!))

OPen kitchen cabinets are so pretty - but keep the possessions neatly displayed!

OPen kitchen cabinets are so pretty - but keep the possessions neatly displayed!

The teddy bears oon this children's bed and the deep yellow drapery reminds me of an oil painting.

The teddy bears oon this children's bed and the deep yellow drapery is so dreamy and so so happy.

Crisp white bedding, layered floor coverings, and an artistic chair breathe fresh air from the stained wood french doors.

Crisp white bedding, layered floor coverings, and an artistic chair breathe fresh air from the stained wood french doors.

I'm obsessed with all outdoor spaces. Open air relaxation can calm any rough day and this outdoor spot is as tranquil as it gets!

I'm obsessed with all outdoor spaces. Open air relaxation can calm any rough day and this outdoor spot is as tranquil as it gets!

Martin on Main Street.

While strolling around intimate and timeless St. Helena, California, I stopped into the hip, cool, different and somewhat fashionable showroom and design studio called Martin Showroom. Nestled amongst other busy shops in the downtown area, this place is jaw-dropping. Here are some pics I took while oohing and awwing at the shop owners random selection of everything I want, but many things I’m not sure I really need. =) Their website is worth a quick peak.

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Calistoga. Uncorked.

We are staying at the Cottage Grove Inn. Best breakfast ever. Best wine and cheese ever. Best anything. Stay here. I promise you’ll fall in love all over again. Seriously.

Hello Napa Valley!

I am off to Napa Valley with my best friend. 😉 I’m so excited to hop on a plane and see something new.  So, upon my departing from the brink of Fall in DC, I leave you with a few words from California wine maker Robert Mondavi (from his autobiography The Harvest of Joy)

“Wine to me is passion. It’s the family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living.”

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If my iPhone cooperates, I’ll share my adventures with you! Cheers!

A Good Crush!

I’m in the midst of planning particulars for my early Fall vacation to the sweet Napa Valley. It’s high season, and the right time for wineries to work around the clock to “crush” plucked full grapes into the famous California wines – which means busy busy busy –  so getting things in order ASAP is key. I’ve purchased airline tickets, reserved accommodations at two really cute inns, saved a table at three well-respected restaurants, purchased tickets to Domain Chandon’s Annual Pink Party, and about to soon secure an early morning hot air balloon ride above the beautiful terrain of Calistoga (I’d appreciate advice from any past ballooners!). Now its time to sit back, cross off the remaining days on my calendar and think about a few days drinking wine and putting my Nikon to very good use. I’ll make sure to return with a cool art peice for my walls and maybe some other goodies as well (I always pick up a holiday ornament and sterling silver charm when I travel!).

But Wait!

Yahoo featured an article in todays Travel section called Street Fairs, Tastings, Art in Napa Valley. Yeeaaah!! I’m psyched. If you’re headed there the first weekend of October, add these to your itinerary!

Taste Napa: Downtown

Cheers! St Helena Street Fair

Locals Night at Oxbow Public Market

Saturday Stroll with Music and Wine in Calisotga

Sunset in Napa

Sunset in Napa

Cru Vin Dogs.

So I opened up the June issue of Town & Country magazine and aside from the gaggles of diamonds and fancy watches dripping from spread after spread, there, nestled in the fold of the spine is a short article called Lets Drink to the Dogs. Now I like that. Sure! Anyone can do so and donate to a cause at the same time. With the wines from Cru Vin Dogs, at least 10 percent of the proceeds go to charities like Canine Companions for Independence. Check out their catalog here.

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The Denver-based group procures grapes from California and elsewhere and offers seven limited-edition bottles, featuring renderings of gorgeous dogs. They’ll look great sitting in the kitchen or right at home in the dog house, stashed in your fancy wine closet. Try the Best in Show Cabernet or the Golden Retriver Chardonnay. Where’s the German Shepherd in all of this? And the Pinot Grigio? Anyway, bottoms up and down dog. Cheers to good times, good finds, and good hearts.

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