Napa Valley Birthday Vacation

Napa Valley Birthday Vacation
My husband and I both love to travel. We rarely if ever spend our birthdays at home and instead plan birthday vacations, sometimes to another country and sometimes just a short car ride away. This year, we chose to go to Napa Valley, a quick 20 minute ride over the hill from where we live in Sonoma Valley.We stayed four nights in our spectacular neighboring county, experiencing all that it has to offer including unforgettable views, fantastic food and glorious wine. Oh, and fantastic food. Did I already mention that?

Our friends Ed and Shana, the couple we went with to Italy last year, came along for two of the days we were in Napa which made this getaway even more fun!

Bill and I left for our birthday vacation with Daisy and Coco, our two Yorkies, in the early afternoon on Friday. We were too early to check into our hotel room so we stopped off at Rutherford Grill to have a drink on the patio with the girls. Thankfully, the outdoor dining area is dog friendly.


After we quenched our thirst, we drove the short distance down the road to Harvest Inn, where we have stayed before. We checked into our spacious room complete with a gorgeous vineyard view.

Later in the afternoon our friends, who also stayed at Harvest Inn, arrived and got settled in their room next door. We enjoyed the terrace off our room with them before leaving to have dinner at Press, an excellent place for fine dining with a lovely, comfortable atmosphere.

I have to say, I ate myself silly. We were there for nearly three hours and I’m pretty sure I was putting food in my mouth every minute. Just when I thought I couldn’t eat another bite, we ordered a coconut creme tart and Scharffen Berger chocolate soufflé.

The next day it was Bill’s birthday.  We decided to go to downtown St. Helena and walk around and shop a bit. St. Helena has lots of offer the shopper from fine art to exquisite chocolates, hand-crafted olive oils to French perfumes, and luxury pet items to the latest styles from Christian Louboutin. I am proud to say I bought nothing but some wine…you can’t return home from Napa Valley without some wine!

Before too long, we were hungry again. We took advice from a local we met at a wine shop and had brunch at French Blue. It just might be my favorite new restaurant. I love the decor and the food is outstanding.

I can’t adequately describe just how incredibly tasty that cinnamon bun was. I know it was for my husband on his special day but I just couldn’t stop myself from eating most of it. We should have ordered two…or five.
 But wait, there’s more!
I’ll be back soon with the rest of our Napa Valley Birthday Vacation.
xo, Adrienne



  1. June 26, 2013 / 2:04 pm

    It looks like so much fun, we have to recreate this trip. Happy Birthday again to Bill. Perfect way to celebrate.

    • June 27, 2013 / 4:34 am

      I would be happy to recreate the trip with you! It really was one of the best short getaways we have ever had…really wonderful from start to finish.

  2. June 26, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures, Adrienne!

  3. June 26, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    Adrienne happy birthday to your husband. Looks and sounds like a fabulous escape. And how wonderful that your friends were able to join the fun and celebration. Coco and Daisy wagging their tails along – priceless. Furbaby friendly places are magical to furbaby parents like us. Can’t wait to see what comes next … hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

    • June 27, 2013 / 4:35 am

      I do hate leaving my girls at home and they are such good travelers I always try to pick places that are pet-friendly. Thankfully, there are more and more of them these days.
      Hugs to you!

  4. June 26, 2013 / 6:49 pm

    Dear Adrienne I loved going to Napa Valley for my 40th with my late husband!
    It was such a memorable and romantic occasion! So happy you went! for both of you special birthdays!

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    • June 27, 2013 / 4:40 am


      So sorry to learn that your husband passed away. I am glad to know you have such fond memories of Napa. It is such a romantic place to create them.
      xo, A

  5. June 26, 2013 / 10:28 pm

    I follow you on insta so I got to see some preview… what a happy place! Oh, and I can’t believe you ATE the birthday boy’s BUN!????????? 🙂 🙂

    • June 27, 2013 / 4:37 am

      Ha! I did leave him and our friends a bite or two 😉
      When the bun showed up, we were all full from lunch and immediately told the server we wanted a to-go box for it since we were “so full”…then we each had a bite and it was over! No to-go box needed!

  6. June 27, 2013 / 12:20 am

    Again I have to say, you live in paradise… scenery, weather, food and wine look absolutely beautiful. What a perfect location for your husband’s birthday celebration.
    Can’t wait to see more!

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    • June 27, 2013 / 4:39 am

      We do live in paradise. I am so happy I ended up here. There is so much beauty, wonderful food, nice people and lots to do. Though I do love Europe – would enjoy visiting Germany someday.

      I am heading over now to enter your give away!

    • June 27, 2013 / 4:37 am


      It could not have gone any better…a really great way to bring in a new year for my husband!

  7. June 27, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    Hi Adrienne!
    What a perfect birthday getaway to Napa Valley and St. Helena. We enjoy the Harvest Inn and French Blue was my favorite find this time last year. I also posted on it and found the patio to be completely charming. Happy Birthday to the bday boy!
    xx, Heather

  8. June 28, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    Hi Adrienne,

    I’m sooooo behind on my blog reading and you know why! Time to take a breather!

    I’m drooling over all that food…the coconut creme tart looks amazing. And I love dog friendly establishments. Do Louie and Murphy get jealous when you leave them behind? 🙂

    Wish we had more time in St. Helena 2 years ago, only had an hour or so to walk around.

    Have a good weekend!


  9. June 28, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    What a great birthday weekend, Adrienne. I know you and Bill had a great time.

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