Hello, friends! I hope you all had a terrific weekend.
Friday morning, Bill and I packed up the RV with a few belongings and all four dogs and drove over the hill to the other wine country, Napa Valley. We stayed in Calistoga for two nights.
Once we settled into our camping site, we walked to the main drag, less than 3/4 of a mile away through a charming neighborhood. That’s where most of the shops, restaurants and mineral/mud baths are located. We had a late lunch of pizza and salad, then perused the shops.
We returned to the RV for a nap, then waited for Tori to arrive after work. The three of us had dinner at a Mexican restaurant. The food was great, but there wasn’t much conversing as the mariachi band was rather enthusiastic! We turned in around 10 p.m. and had a great night’s sleep.
Saturday morning, we packed up the dogs in Bill’s truck and went for a drive, heading down the famous Silverado Trail. When we came upon Duckhorn Vineyards, I asked Bill to pull over so I could get a couple of pictures for Rebekah of Cupcake Caramel. Duckhorn is her favorite wine. And I have promised to escort her and Mr. Cupcake there if she ever comes out for a visit.
We veered off the Silverado Trail to highway 29. We stopped briefly at the Culinary Institute, Greystone for a couple of pictures…
then made our way into the charming and sophisticated town of St. Helena. We spotted a sign for an estate sale and I convinced Bill to check it out.
We came upon an absolutely gorgeous home with lots of great items for sale. But what really caught my and Tori’s eyes were these fabulous tea cups for $10.
They were purchased at Shreve and Company of San Francisco.
The camera does not do the rich and vibrant colors of these tea cups justice. I am in love with them both. I’ve already had a pot of tea last night and this morning just so I could drink from them. I also scored a hardcover Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser for $1…
and this glass container, made in Italy, for $2.
Estate sales at rich people’s homes are awesome!
Giddy from our new purchases, we grabbed the dogs and went to the central shopping area of St. Helena. The shopping is far superior to Calistoga and so is the people watching. I had a couple of super chic sightings, but was unable to capture any of them on my camera.
Tori and I bought some gorgeous goodies at Baksheesh, a local boutique featuring products that are all fair trade (I’ll show you in my next post), while Bill patiently waited for us with the dogs on a bench.
|Tori is wearing her new hot pink and orange headband she bought at Baksheesh.
She doesn’t waste anytime wearing her new purchases!
|Daisy loves to give Murphy kisses.|
Instead of dropping $100+ on lunch in one of the dozens of superb restaurants in the area, we decided to eat al fresco, right next to the vineyards. We couldn’t very well leave four dogs unattended in 85 degree weather. We picked up some sandwiches, olive oil chips, water and French lemonade at Dean and DeLuca,
found a peaceful spot away from the crowds, and soaked in the beauty, while enjoying our meal.
|Young Cabernet Sauvignon. These grapes will be a dark purple by late summer.|
Would you believe I have more to tell you? But it will have to wait until tomorrow; this post is too long as it is!