Calistoga Weekend and My Traveling Pants

Calistoga Weekend and My Traveling Pants

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.


I wore my traveling pants with the Easy Going Top in Orchid and a white Everyday Tank, both by Stella Carakasi…


and my favorite go-with-everything sandals by Sam Edelman. I also carried my straw wine country tote and wore an Amy Kahn Russell Drusy necklace.


For a day or evening look, I wore my traveling pants with a silky tee by Tildon and a gold tassel necklace by Vince Camuto (similar)…


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?

Don’t forget to check out Visible Monday!


Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: I was given all Stella Carakasi items featured in this post. My opinions are, as always, my own. 


  1. September 8, 2014 / 8:20 am

    Lovely travel (or any time!) looks, A. You and Bill look wonderfully happy too. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 8, 2014 / 8:37 am

      Thank you for hosting, Patti! xo

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 8, 2014 / 3:03 pm

      It was, Julie. Want to go back and do it all over again!

  2. September 8, 2014 / 9:54 am

    What an excellent idea! All the joy of “getting away to a cool spot” but you don’t have to hop a plane, pay for parking, deal with hours of travel hell… and it’s just over the hill! Instead of spending your time with schlepping luggage and worrying about delays, you and Bill simply relaxed and enjoyed the beauty and bounty of the wine country!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 8, 2014 / 3:03 pm

      We do love to RV for all those reasons. We especially like not paying hotel bills and getting to bring our pups.

  3. September 8, 2014 / 10:46 am

    It sounds like a fabulous trip. Glamping looks right up my alley. Terrific outfits on you gorgeous:))
    I’ve never seen a hot tub that big!! Amazing.
    We haven’t been to Calistoga yet… but will be up the weekend after next to celebrate the Merryvale Harvest Dinner. I’m enjoying and noting all your tips!! Thanks so much. xo~J

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 8, 2014 / 3:02 pm

      Have fun at the Merryvale dinner. Sounds like a blast!

  4. September 8, 2014 / 11:50 am

    Looks like so much fun and I love the asymmetrical tops…it really is a very flattering cut for tops! I hope you will come over and enter to win the $1000 gift card I am giving away to shop with Lafayette 148 New York…you would look amazing in their new autumn line and I would just love for someone I know to win!!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 8, 2014 / 3:02 pm

      I just entered, Pam. What an amazing giveaway. I did not know about Lafayette 148. What gorgeous clothes! Crossing my fingers 🙂

  5. September 8, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    Ooh this inspires me so much! Calistoga is beautiful and my husband and I are going to do a stay-vacation for our anniversary in two weeks! So excited to try all your suggestions!!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 8, 2014 / 3:04 pm

      You should stop by Calistoga Hot Springs and Spa on a nice day and do a little poolside relaxing and hot-tubbing. It’s such a great place!

  6. Kathy
    September 8, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I honestly can’t believe how you got so many great outfits out of one pair of coral pants! They’re all so great looking. And your hair looks amazing. You both look so good and relaxed. I love those kinds of vacations, where you stay close to home and don’t have to get on a plane, etc. I have no real travel type clothes, you know me, jeans always, it seems.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 9, 2014 / 7:30 am

      When I got the coral pants, I worried I wouldn’t have much to wear with them…you know me and black. And black and coral is not a good combo. Blue, on the other hand, is wonderful with coral. And so is dark pink. It’s a much more versatile shade than I thought.
      The pants are so comfortable, they are like wearing pajamas – so soft!
      I will never give up jeans – but it’s nice to have options when traveling (and when not!)
      I am grateful to have my dad’s RV to use. It makes it so easy to get away – no planes, no hotel stays, and we can bring the dogs!

  7. September 9, 2014 / 8:38 am

    Calistoga is on our list of places to visit….my sister spent several days there and came home and told us how much fun they had touring and relaxing and sipping fine wines.
    The RV way of travel sounds very convenient and such a bonus to be able to bepring list of options to wear! The coral pants look incredibly versatile with all your other pieces. Our boat although much smaller is a similar way to escape for a quick getaway. We can only pack what fits into our Lands’ End tote bags!

    Those mineral pools must be so warm….and relaxing. Sounds like you have had a wonderful weekend.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 10, 2014 / 7:25 am

      I bet you would love Calistoga, Leslie. It’s so quaint and much more laid back than other Napa Valley towns.
      The RV way of travel is so convenient. And I love that there is so much closet and drawer space in my dad’s.
      To travel by boat, I am sure one must be much more mindful of what they bring!
      Hope you are well!

  8. September 9, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Goodness, what a great weekend. And I love everything you wore. Great choices. I’ve got to check out that shop, I didn’t know of it. You and your darling husband make a picture perfect couple. xx’s

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 10, 2014 / 7:29 am

      It was a such a great weekend…a very overdue relaxing vacation. Often when we get away it’s a working vacation. This time it was all about having fun.
      Thank you for your sweet comment, Marsha!

  9. September 9, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    Looks like a fabulous weekend away and you always look so stylish. X

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 10, 2014 / 6:54 am

      It was – all of it was fabulous. My husband and I realized how much we miss using the RV. We might use it again in a few weeks for our wedding anniversary. It’s such a fun way to travel!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 10, 2014 / 6:54 am

      It was. I want to go back and do it all over again!

  10. Stacy
    September 9, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    My husband and I were up that way as well this pass weekend…isn’t Napa the best mini vaca spot!?! What I like about zipping up there is being able to grab just a few items that work well together (5 pieces max). Love your coral pants…very fetching and fresh.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 10, 2014 / 7:28 am

      Napa is so fantastic. I just love it. Of course, my heart belongs to Sonoma but Napa is a wonderful place to visit. I go frequently! Are you in Sonoma County or somewhere else in the Bay Area?

      • Stacy
        September 11, 2014 / 8:01 am

        Oakland…so not too far away.

        • Adrienne Shubin
          September 12, 2014 / 8:39 am

          Not too far away at all! I am actually on my way to Berkeley in a couple of hours. Happy weekend, Stacy!

          • sta
            September 12, 2014 / 9:06 am

            I’m in Berkeley right now for the day helping out a friend who just had surgery. Hope traffic moves swiftly for you!

  11. September 10, 2014 / 2:47 am

    Looks a wonderful place to visit! I think you look fantastic in the colours of your outfits – the touch of yellow is genius! I love the same colours and I’m inspired to use them together now.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 10, 2014 / 7:26 am

      Thank you, SPD! I used to shy away from yellow, but now I quite like it!

  12. September 10, 2014 / 7:58 am

    those pants are amazing, I need to find one of those stores and try this stuff on… what a wonderful weekend you had.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 10, 2014 / 8:00 am


      Here is the link to the list of stores that carry Stella Carakasi. Lots of them are in Canada!

  13. Lynn
    September 10, 2014 / 9:48 am

    My favorite outfit that you wore is the one by the gazebo in Pioneer Park. One would think those colors clash, but you look great in those photos.
    I have only driven through Calistoga and never stopped. We were frequent visitors to wine country when visiting my daughter at UC Davis, and also now that she lives in SF. We have also done the Wine Road tours a couple of times in Sonoma, so we love the countryside around there too. It’s a beautiful place to live, but close to an exciting city too. The best of both worlds, Adrienne.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 11, 2014 / 6:35 am


      I wasn’t sure those colors would work together either but they do, surprisingly!
      Living where we do is the best of both worlds. I totally agree with you.
      How fun that your daughter is living in the city! I lived there for several years in my late teens and early 20s. I loved it but after awhile, city living got old. I prefer a more laid back area to live but do love visiting San Francisco several times a year.

  14. September 11, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    It always seems self-evident to tell you how beautiful you look, but you do! Nifty combinations and I’m happy you kids got such a fun get away!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      September 12, 2014 / 8:41 am

      You are so sweet, Jan. We did have a great time. I wish we could re-do it this weekend! Happy Friday!

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