Day Trip To Napa

We are in Northern California right now visiting Angry Husband’s grandparents. Of course, I mentioned on Twitter that we coming up here. A few of my blogging friends asked where we would be, and when. My friend, April, asked me where I was and I responded. The tweets then turned into text messages. Yesterday, I confirmed with April that I would be taking a little drive to come and visit her.

Hwy 12, Northern CaliforniaI enjoyed this view while driving to visit April. I also got to listen to music of my choice (Glee Soundtrack, Lady Ga Ga, and maybe even Britney Spears). I drove at my pace, and stopped when I wanted to.  I might have pulled over several times to capture some awesome scenery with my camera. I may have sung along to my music.

It took about 1.5 hours to get to April’s house, but I drove slooooow….. We were excited to start our adventure and get away from rambunctious children. We couldn’t run out of her house fast enough.

We went on our way, and April gave me a tour of the city, Napa, CA. While we were stopped at the train tracks, I managed to snap a picture of the Napa Valley Wine Train with my iPhone. April told me that the The Napa Valley Wine Train is a (3) three-hour, (36) thirty-six mile round-trip journey between Napa and through the town of St. Helena.

Napa Valley Wine Train...with @AprilKennedyWe then arrived at our first destination, V. Sattui Winery.  Although, I’m not a boozer (drinker), I figured it was probably something that I should do while in Napa. The grounds at V. Sattui were breathtaking.  I had to take pictures, it was my destiny. And the day was beautiful.

V. Sattui Winery
V. Sattui Winery
V. Sattui WineryI had to call my mom to confirm her wine selection while I was at V. Sattui. Seriously, I have no clue. It was quite hilarious. But I finally selected something for her, while she was still on the phone.

After touring the winery, April and I decided that it was lunchtime.  She said that we were headed to Gott’s. Gott’s was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  I ordered the chicken caesar salad and a mint chip shake. I indulged a bit. I’m on vacation.
Gott's Roadside
Chicken Caesar Salad from Gott's Roadside
@AngryJulie at Gott's RoadsideThe picture of me was taken by April.

After indulging in the food, April announced that it was time for the spa. We headed towards the Napa Valley Marriott, which is April’s favorite spa to go to. April pre-scheduled us for the Salt Glow, which was a Vichy shower with grape seed scrub, and a lotion treatment after. It was quite delightful.  My skin feels like a baby’s right now.  And I smell like wine.

Obviously, no pictures. Who wants to see a woman buffing me with grape seeds. Not pretty.

At the end of the day, we returned to reality, April’s awesome house (home).  We had April’s daughter, Kaia, take a photograph of us. I obviously did not adjust my settings for the sun.  Maybe I’m part vampire or something….do you see me sparkling?

@AprilKennedy and @AngryJulieTotally horrible picture of the both of us…but I had to prove that we were together, right?

I then proceeded to sit in horrible 5pm traffic. It was not that bad. I continued to sing along to bad music. I also pulled over a few times to take some photographs. Here are a few of my return trip photographs.

It was soo much fun to see April though!!

View of Napa from my Tahoe
Hwy 12, Leaving Napa
Hwy 12, Northern California
Hwy 12, Northern California

16 comments
Kami
Kami

How fun for a day! I wish I could just take a day trip to Napa! Your food looks sooo good! Yum!

Cindy B
Cindy B

What a great post! I felt like I had an afternoon away with friends too. :) Wonderful photography!

Casey
Casey

You just couldn't be any cuter. Kind of makes me sick. I thought we were pretty close to being BFF until I read this post and realized that you are not a drinker. L.A.M.E. On another note, my husband and I got married in Half Moon Bay and honeymooned in Napa. At V Sattui. Best cranberry chicken salad sandwich I have ever had.

Ashley
Ashley

Oh such gorgeous pictures! I'm thinking I need to schedule a similar trip :)

Shelly Wildman
Shelly Wildman

I'm so happy to stumble upon this post, Julie, because my husband and I are going to Napa for a wedding over Labor Day weekend. That winery looks amazing! We may have to check it out. Thanks for the wonderful report.

Megan
Megan

i have wineries too, ya know. even if I dont drink at them... ;)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip
Leeann @ Join the Gossip

Ok seriously, that winery is unreal. SO gorgeous! Looks like you are having a fantastic trip. Enjoy :)

Robin
Robin

Wow, beautiful wine country! Thanks for allowing all the fellow bloggers to live vicariously through your images!

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation

I was already jealous of your Napa visit through Twitter. After seeing these pictures, I am REALLY jealous! I LOVE Napa! Time to book a babysitter so I can take trip up there!

april kennedy
april kennedy

dang girl you are fast with the vacation posts!!! loved reading it, loved our time together, sorry about that traffic, and I promise Julie isn't really that white and my hair isn't that yellow!!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

It was soo much fun in Napa. And the landscaping, everything, etc. is beautiful. You need to go visit April.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Their sandwiches looked awesome at V. Sattui. My husband's family all loves up north.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

You should have been jealous...we were having a great time. {Giggle}. Yes, time for a babysitter.

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

LOL, yes, your hair isn't that yellow...my camera went all wonky.I had a great day.