Monday, May 20, 2013

Napa Valley Vacay

For my graduation gift I asked my parents for a trip.  I didn't want things (especially not a dog) I wanted time with my family and memories that can be kept forever.  After thinking long and hard about it...we all settled on Napa Valley!  The family is very much so into wine (Dad should be considered a collector with the number of wine coolers we have) so it was a no brainer to go there!

Mom and Dad went for their anniversary 15-16 years ago (it just so happened we were there this year on their anniversary) but had not been back since.  Mattie and I had never been and were very much so interested in learning about and trying different wines.

Typically I am not a red wine drinker, but I learned to love them over the past couple of months.  Napa is known for their Cabernets so it was very important for me to love them!  Mom, Dad, and Mattie were also able to learn quite a bit about white wines while we were out there too (thank goodness!).

We flew in late Wednesday night, and on Thursday morning jumped in the car and headed to Napa.  We were abel to get one winery in, Robert Mondavi, and then headed to meet up with some friends for lunch!

After lunch we went to our second winery, Del Dotto.  While the wines and company could not have been better, the service there was not all that great.  Needless to say I do not think we will be heading back there anytime soon.

The next day was spent traveling around from Calastoga to everything in between.  We went to Duckhorn, V. Sattui, back to Robert Mondavi for a tour, and Silveroak.  Such a long but god day!

Friday was our last day in Napa.  Needless to say we went out with a bang....5 wineries!  Most people do 2-3, but not the Hardin's!  Raymond, Caymus, Silverado, Stags Leap Winery, and Chimney Rock were all graced by our presence:)

Our last day in California was in San Francisco! We walked up and down everywhere, road the trolley, saw Lombardi street, Pier 39, and old friends!  It was such a great last day in California!  

It was such a crazy busy 5 days traveling, but I could not have done it with better people.  I know I was not in the best of moods the whole time, but I am grateful for my family that puts up with me anyways:)



Lauren @ The Albrechts Blog said...

Great pictures, Mosby!:):) Looks like so much fun!

Brittany said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Good idea to ask for a trip :)

Miss Riss said...

So jealous!! Good job on choosing a trip over things, I feel the EXACT same way!! Go girl!!! Congrats on graduating again!! You deserve it!