Lately

Carolina paddle-boarding

Carolina paddle-boarding

Been hopping around a bit lately  – back east, then back west, around the Bay and beyond. I’ve been pretty focused on fog-dodging – that San Francisco fog is one aggressive beast this time of year, hence the lack of SF-centric photos. They tell me summer comes in September; in the meantime, I’m taking matters into my own hands and sun-chasing.

Convertible tie-dye

Convertible tie-dye

Ashland, Oregon scenes

Ashland, Oregon scenes

San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride

Best summer sandals + rose

Best summer sandals + rose + Bald Head Island

Bodega Bay birthday dinner

Bodega Bay birthday dinner

Marin Picnicking – San Francisco Style Blogger

Marin picnicking

Half Moon Bay wine-tasting

Half Moon Bay wine-tasting

Beach Milo

Beach Milo

Road trippin'

Road trippin’

Napa palms

Napa palms

 

Weekend Details

grape vines at Corison Winery

I spent this weekend with my pals in the Napa Valley, and as expected it was a beautiful and gloriously gluttonous mini-vacation. At the recommendation of a friend, we stayed at Yountville’s Napa Valley Railway Inn, an adorable little hotel with rooms in railcars within walking distance to some of the Valley’s best restaurants (making getting to dinner at Bouchon and Redd entirely way too easy). We also ventured into Sonoma a bit (the drive between the two valleys was absolutely stunning) to sample what the neighboring valley had to offer – since there’s obviously a huge shortage of wine and food in Napa  – and weren’t disappointed, with lunch at The Girl and the Fig and delicious zinfandels at Ridge some of the trip standouts.

Other new favorites in Napa were Vine Cliff (delicious chardonnay and cabernet and sweeping views of the Valley) and Corison (stand-out cabernet by one of the Valley’s first woman winemakers).

And now – food and wine detox. Phew.

wine tasting at Ridge Cellars in SonomaWine tasting at Ridge/Everything grows in California (what are these anyway?)

Wines at Ridge/Burgers at Farmstead/Salad at The Girl and the Fig

Our companion the rhino/Wine beakers at Farmstead

Bouchon Bakery Macarons and lunch at the girl and the figMacarons at Bouchon Bakery/Lunch at The Girl and the Fig

Golden Gate Bridge view from Crissy FieldPlaying on the beach back in San Francisco