Sunday, February 26, 2017

Finding French Country Style in the Napa Valley - Napa Valley Trip

One of my favorite day trips is to head to the Napa Valley.  
Today we are focusing on finding French country style in the Napa Valley.
As you head into Napa, first you can stop off at this beautiful French inspired Chateau!
When I first saw this building I squealed in delight! For a moment I thought I was in France!  We did a U-turn and found ourselves at Domaine Carneros.  Yes, this is technically a Domaine and not a Chateau.  I blogged about the difference here. For a refresher, basically a Domaine is a Chateau with a vineyard!
 The grounds were beautiful but unfortunately the interior of the Chateau was nothing special!
Although, they did carry chocolates from Angelina's Paris, if you find yourself in a need for some!
 They do have a terrace to sit and enjoy the view, and a little bar (of course) for those who drink wine.

Our next stop is in Yountville, at Bouchon Bakery.
There is *always* a line but it is worth the wait.
Word of advice - never buy a croissant after 11am.  Not just here, but *anywhere*. 
Hmm.... which sweet do you pick out?
We *always* get a pain d'epi baguette.  It is the BEST.  I could eat a whole loaf by myself.  I strongly recommend you stop here. 
There is also Bouchon Bistro - a great place to get lunch and dinner and then the famous three-michelin star French Laundry restaurant.  All of these are by Thomas Keller.

 Our next French inspired stop is Peju Winery.
Isn't the building so cute?
 I loved their entrance gates!
 And their garden statues. This leads to a little Koi pond.
 During this time of year the mustard is in full bloom. Even Winter in Napa is beautiful!
The tulip tree was blooming... I just love this tree! Aren't the blooms beautiful?

After Peju, head to Dean & Deluca, a gourmet food grocery.  They carry Mariage Freres Tea, amongst many other specialty items.

Next, we do some shopping in St. Helena.
This horse head has been sitting in this antique shop in St. Helena for a long time, and every time I go I stare it at it... but it is too expensive!

One of my must-stop shops in Olivier Napa Valley. They carry Pillivuyt and many other French products!
 Some glasses came home with me...
 I smelled a bunch of these soaps. Isn't the antique butchers block neat?
 Yes I brought home some plates too...



Next, let's head to Napa Valley Vintage Home.  
I LOVE this shop. Below is a collection of Astier de Villate.
A collection of Cire Trudon candles. I always smell them all when I am there!

Grab a sandwich either at Model Bakery or my FAVORITE sandwich shop (ever!!!), Giugni's. If you are eating a Giugni's, you must bring cash!
There is a little park nearby, you can take your sandwich and have a picnic or take your sandwich to a beautiful winery and have a little picnic there.

Next, head up to Calistoga to Calistoga Country Antiques (1117 Lincoln Ave).



 Now, open the windows up and enjoy the scenery on your trip home.

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8 comments:

  1. What a delight to be able and enjoy a little bit of Paris in California, I wonder what a lovely time you spent there, Angelina, my dear,... amongst all those treats, oh my !

    Trusting your week is off to a good start,
    I'm sending hugs and more hugs to you
    with utmost gratitude

    XOXO Daniela at - My little old world - (Dany)

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    1. It is not quite France, but enough to fill the void of wanting to go back there!

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  2. What a great round up....makes me really want to take a little trip to Napa. We just stayed at the Carneros Resort...nice.

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    1. Oh how nice! I've never stayed overnight there because I live within a day's driving distance!

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  3. Loved every word and picture. Lucky you. Thanks!

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  4. What great shopping! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  5. Angelina, this looks like so much fun! I have never been to California, but when I do visit I will be sure and visit Napa. The food, sights, and shopping look wonderful. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!!

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