25 July 2012

Five Days in Napa

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: travel, work

Of all my solo vacations, one of my favorites was Napa Valley. It was my second solo vacation and the longest (at that time). And for seven days, I rotated between wine tasting, dining out, walking around and being deliciously buzzed.

It was heaven.

And, two years after being in Napa for the first time, I got to go back, for work. Yes, I know how fortunate I am.

But it wasn’t all sipping champagne and laying by the pool, they were long days, but it was in a beautiful place, so I won’t complain too much.

We got to eat at amazing places, wine taste and go in a hot air balloon ride. Yes, it was just as amazing the second time. If you’re in Napa and looking for some amazing eats (of which there are many), I add Redd, Morimoto, Kitchen Door and Oenotri to my list from the first visit. All three were incredible. I also still dream about the lobster risotto with truffle and lemon at Redd. O-M-G.

So here are some photos from my five days there. I got a little Instagram happy while I was gone, and for good reason!

Visiting/Trepassing on winery property (shhhh)

The bar at Bouchon

Cheers to the mountains!


Me in the basket (be kind, I was up at 4:30 am)


One of the best US cappuccinos I’ve tasted

I always said I would come back for you Tartine lemon tart. xoxoxoxoxoxo

Seriously though, Napa makes me happy. I think that will join Nola on my list of favorite places. I just, love it. I would move there in a heartbeat. I have to go back here again soon, I cannot stay away.

What was one of your favorite vacations?


  1. Marjolein says:

    Oh, that looks fantastic! If I ever get to travel to the US again I’ll try and fit Napa in there. My favourite vacation was to Tuscany two years ago. We stayed in the region of Florence, Pisa and Siena and it was amazing.

    The picture of you in the basket looks great!

  2. I loved seeing yours (and doni’s) instagram pictures during your napa trip! I never realized that Napa was so vast and beautiful – I just had an image of wineries covering the area.

  3. LWLH says:

    I loved seeing those pictures, just beautiful!

  4. love love love it!

    it looks like a great trip and i loved all the instagram photos while you were there!

    my fav vacation – i can’t choose! but i will go with my most recent trips to colorado!

  5. katelin says:

    love all of the fabulous pictures, i so need a trip to napa like this one! so much awesomeness and deliciousness.

  6. caryn says:

    Love the picture of you in the basket and the wine glass against the mountains is beautiful! I want to ride in a hot air balloon so bad! glad you’re home though. let’s eat!

  7. Wow, so gorgeous! You and Napa both look fantastic :) And I am drooling over that tart photo…

  8. Carolyn says:

    Those pictures are amazing. I don’t think I could ever go up in a hot air balloon. It looks like it was awesome though!

  9. Take me with you next time?

  10. allison says:

    I’m with Jenn – you look fantastic in that photo.

    This is on my list of places to go. Maybe next year?

  11. Jenn says:

    Love the picture of you in the basket!