Calistoga Escape

IMG_2387Calistoga you are a dream come true, located 75 miles north-east of San Francisco, experience the same warm weather, fantastic wines but a fraction of the Napa crowds.

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Lincoln avenue is lined with tasting rooms, restaurants & boutiques.

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Most tasting rooms we found had excellent prices & generous pours of delicious local wines.

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^^These pours were found at Huge Bear Tasting Room, which was once the location of the Calistoga Bank.

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At Romeo Winery tasting room you can be surrounded by tall redwoods in their outdoor tasting garden.

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A can’t miss Calistoga experience is the gondola at Sterling Winery.

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A 4 minute gondola ride leads to outrageous views of the valley. 
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Off in the distance you’re able to see a castle…

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Three miles away Castello di Amorosa winery awaits you. $25 buys you general admission & the basic wine tasting which includes 5 wines.

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Visitors are able to wander the castle grounds or enjoy the sunshine in the courtyard.

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My pretty friends 🙂

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After a day of gondolas & castles & many wine pours later we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Sam’s Social Club, located in downtown Calistoga.

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^^ Those deviled eggs were no joke; a must if you’re there.

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We stayed at The Roman Spa, not only is this resort just one block from Lincoln Avenue, but the resort has 3 mineral pools that stay open until 10:30. The pools range in temperature from 90 degrees to 104.

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Aside from the pools, Roman Spa has luscious gardens that I could spend all day capturing.

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Hope you can see why & how we fell in love with Calistoga.

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Napa Valley Bliss

There’s nothing quite like escaping San Francisco’s foggy summers, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, & enjoying wine country for the day. We did exactly this last weekend & stopped by one of our favorite vineyards. Keep scrolling to find out why we love Frog’s Leap so much.

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One of my favorite Napa spots is Frog’s Leap Winery, situated on gorgeous farmland, this laid back venue makes for an excellent, relaxing experience. My first trip to Frog’s Leap was nearly 5 years ago, & we’ve been going back ever since. This vineyard always earns a spot on our Napa agenda for the day, hopefully you’ll see why.

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One of my favorite parts about Frog’s Leap is the ability to explore the grounds. You can walk through the vineyard itself or explore their garden. They’re dedicated to organic farming, sustainable living & quality wines, what’s not to like!?!

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If you aren’t into exploring the grounds, you can hang out on their awesome porch & enjoy the shade. I love that this Winery has so much outdoor space, there’s Adirondack chairs around every corner & they even have an outdoor tasting area. I love how low key & low pressure the atmosphere here is, there’s no pressure into buying a wine membership at the end of your tasting. Beside being low pressure, Frog’s Leap is very easy on the wallet. Their tastings run about $25 / person, with generous wine pours & delicious full bodied wines, even the newest wine fans are sure to find something they’ll enjoy here.

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These are just some of the reasons Frog’s Leap makes my list, do you have a go to winery? If so I’d love to hear about it!

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 Some Sappy Napa Newlywed Love…

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Garden finds…

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