Last weekend I went to Napa with 6 of my closest friends. We have known each other for years- some since birth, some 2nd grade, and some Jr. High. We kept in touch while being away at colleges & through moves out of state, been in each others weddings, group emailed every week, and taken trips almost every year. It had been a while since our last trip, so we decided to fly up to Alissa's area, and enjoy a weekend away in Napa. I apologize ahead of time for the abundance of pictures below, but I had a hard time sorting out...
This was also my first long weekend away from Wallace. Fortunatelly it was worry-free, as he stayed with Rian's mom Thursday night to Friday, my mom Sunday night to Monday and Rian all weekend. He seemed to have a wonderful time and a weekend full of adventures. I am so fortunate to have both of Wallace's grandparents close by and a husband who loves to be with his son and is willing to let me go away while he stays home feeding, bathing, cooking, waking up early, and being available non-stop to a busy little boy.
On our way and super excited to be flying together.
We took the BART into Concord where Alissa picked us up.
Tim and Alissa made an incredible lunch for us before we rented the car and took off. We also got to enjoy Kate & Amelia, who we don't get to see very often!
On our way to Napa.... not everyone will be thrilled that I posted this pic.
SATURDAY: We got early morning massages and then went to V. Sattui Winery. We did a big grocery run on Friday night so that we could eat breakfast at home and make picnic lunches.
After V. Sattui we went to Sterling Vineyards, where a gondola took us up to a tasting tour with a rooftop patio and beautiful views.
Off in the distance is a castle winery where we stopped on Sunday... the next couple pics are at the castle.
We did a cooking class at the Culinary Institute and then had dinner at their Greystone Restaurant... some of the best food ever.
You can't really tell, but we're out in the herb garden where the students come out and pick all the herbs and spices they cook with.
Some of our entreés...
We lounged around in PJ's each morning and enjoyed the bright living room and front porch of our house.
Monday morning we walked into town for coffee and pastries. That's our rental house and sweet ride in the background.
Alissa, Me, Missy, Heidi, Sara, Val, Juliana.