It's the little things in life that get me the most excited. My son's first "real" Halloween is this month; The weather in Vegas is finally cooling down; and the first weekend in November Matthew and I are heading to Napa, California!
Now let me preface the excitement by letting everyone know that I never get to go anywhere. We have a 3-year-old. It is not easy to leave him behind for a trip and we've only done it once (Labor Day weekend, 2010 or was it 2009? in Sedona). Pretty sad if you ask me. Anyways, Matthew finally gave in to my begging and we are heading to Napa November 3-5. Only 2 nights but beggars can't be choosers. I should also note that I am now on Weight Watchers which poses a really big issue. There is no possible way to cap a day in Napa off at 29 points, not in a place that has the most amazing choices in culinary awesomeness. And let's not forget about the wine (4pts. per glass? whatever!). Yeah, I'm either going to be exercising my ass off or saying "F-it" that weekend to WW. Oh well...at least I'll enjoy myself!
We fly into Oakland on the 3rd and rent a car. By estimation, we'll probably arrive around 3pm in Napa and (at least I) will be starving. I'm thinking quick casual light bite, if there is such a thing, before we check into our hotel at The Milliken Creek Inn. I'm thinking Oxbow Market for time and variety but not totally sure yet.
Then I suppose we'll check in at the hotel and relax, perhaps walk around and find out where we can get a wine tasting in without an appointment in the late afternoon. We will most likely eat dinner late since we had that late lunch. No definite plans yet.
The next day is almost fully planned. Friday we will wake up, have a quick breakfast at the Inn and drive about an hour + to a Winery in Healdsburg called Chalk Hill Estates.
At Chalk Hill, we are taking a horseback riding tour of the winery (my birthday present) and then after we have reservations at Farmstead Restaurant in St. Helena for lunch.
Now here is where we need activities to fill in...not sure what to do for the rest of the afternoon. Wine? Yes, of course we want wine! But where should we have wine. I really hate making reservations wineries since I don't know when lunch will be finished...I hope Matthew doesn't want to go rest his old bones back at the hotel at this point. Boring! Regardless, dinner is exciting and probably around 7:30 ish. Mustards Grill? I haven't made the reservation yet but I think I'm gonna!
Andrew & Melanie will be joining us for dinner (driving in from San Fran area for the occassion).
Then, the next day, we check out : ( I know, I know...so sad! Not enough time. But! We don't have our flight until 6:30pm in Oakland, so we'll check out and then definitely hit a couple more spots before we drive back to the airport. I did plan it so we leave on a Saturday evening, and still have Sunday to relax the next day before heading back to work. I think that was a good idea.