My husband and I just returned from a weekend in Calistoga, a charming and relaxed little town in the northern part of Napa Valley about 30 minutes from our home.
We took my father’s RV that we store for him and did a little glamping. It’s the first time all summer that we have taken the RV out.
We left Thursday night after Bill got home from work. I spent the entire day packing up the RV – tiresome work that required celebratory martinis at Brannan’s once we were settled into our camping spot at the Napa Fairgrounds.
We had a great night’s sleep. The next morning began as it always does: with coffee! Glamping means having all the comforts of home.
Even our dogs get to come along, which makes me very happy.
After coffee and breakfast in the RV, we we donned our swim suits, packed a few snacks in a tote bag and went to Calistoga Spa Hot Springs for the day.
For $25 each, we enjoyed several hours at this beautiful and peaceful resort. Day use passes are available during the week only so we made sure to take advantage the opportunity on Friday, our first full day of our Calistoga weekend.
My husband was in his element. He loves to swim and to soak in hot tubs. And this hot tub was wonderfully hot…and huge!
Later that afternoon, after changing our clothes and freshening up, we stopped by our current favorite Napa Valley restaurant and winery, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. We each got a glass of wine and settled into these inviting chairs.
One of the employees had her dog with her. She was needed somewhere else so we offered to dog-sit for a little while. Logan liked Bill but wasn’t that impressed with me. Mostly, he just watched and waited for his mom to return.
Once our dog-sitting concluded, we went inside for some food. We have never had a lackluster meal at Farmstead. Everything is fantastic. My husband loves the burgers – orders his with a fried egg – and I am crazy about the mac and cheese, which is served up in a little skillet.
The terrific food, the friendly staff, the charming and laid-back setting and all the small touches at Farmstead make it my favorite place to visit in Napa Valley.
We spent the rest of the weekend biking, walking around downtown Calistoga, avoiding television, eating ourselves silly, and unwinding. It was a fantastic weekend!
Since it’s Visible Monday, here’s some of what I wore on our Calistoga getaway.
While there are many advantages to RVing, one that I particularly love is that I can pack as much as I want. With a couple of large closets, lots of drawers and cabinets, I could probably bring my entire wardrobe if I was so inclined. But I tried to keep things to a minimum and decided to pack around what I now call my traveling pants.
Made of super soft Tencel fabric, these Define Yourself Ankle Pants by Stella Carakasi are not only unbelievably comfortable but they are versatile as well. And they have no buttons, snaps, zippers or pockets. Just pull them on! They are the ideal pants for travel.
They can be dressed up for a dinner date.
I wore peep-toe booties and the asymmetrical Stella Carakasi top featured in the latest How I Wear My post. I think the pants really bring out the colors in the top.
And they work for a casual and colorful daytime look. We happened upon this bucolic park not far from our RV site. Pioneer Park has a beautiful gazebo with lots of shade trees.
and my new Sole Society Romy booties. I love that the heel is just a hair over 2 inches tall. I have added a lot of blue to my wardrobe in the last six months and think these boots will work well with many different looks. They also come in neutral colors.
These Define Yourself Ankle Pants come in a variety of colors. I am wearing Sunset which is 50% off right now. They also come in black, charcoal and a beautiful cameo color, part of the Stella Carakasi Early Fall 2014 line.
Have you visited Calistoga?
Do you have a pair of pants, a dress or some other item in your closet that is ideal for traveling?
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Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: I was given all Stella Carakasi items featured in this post. My opinions are, as always, my own.