Oh, readers, I can’t believe I haven’t shared our honeymoon plans with you yet! When considering our honeymoon options, we knew we wanted to go somewhere with both culture and natural beauty, where we could spend lots of time outside but also learn something along the way. Naturally, we started with Europe, since it fit every aspect of what we wanted, but it became very expensive very quickly as we totaled up the airfare and lodgings alone. We considered more tropical locations like Hawaii and Mexico, but began to think a beachy honeymoon didn’t really fit with our style as well. Finally, we settled on the perfect place: Napa Valley.
Immediately following our wedding in Annapolis, we are leaving for a one-week dream vacation to the Napa Valley area in California. Our journey is based around wining and dining: visiting lots of wineries, tasting wines, touring vineyards, and eating at the area’s legendary restaurants. We will begin with two nights in San Francisco, where we hope to tour the city by foot in the daytime and eat at outstanding restaurants by night. After that, we will be staying in an adorable and secluded cottage in Napa for four nights, touring wineries and biking around the hills daily. Our stay will conclude in Yountville, a foodie’s paradise, where we’ll dine at The French Laundry (if we can get reservations!) and retire in style at the gorgeous and eco-friendly Bardessono hotel.
It’s no secret that James and I love food, wine, and the great outdoors. We cannot wait to experience the restaurants of which we’ve heard so much. When we first dined at Alinea in Chicago, it was like a secret world of food was opened up to us. It’s hard to describe, since it was completely new to us, but to put it simply: my mind and palate were brought to places I couldn’t have even imagined. It’s as eye-opening as a great book. Since then, we’ve done our research on other restaurants that we’ve been told have the same dazzling nature as Alinea, and many of them are in the Napa area.
|Grant Achatz and Thomas Keller|
We truly lucked out and booked our air travel using vouchers from AirTran that we got from a mistake on their part a while back. Imagine- a few hours of inconvenience on one trip equals a free round trip for both of us from Baltimore to San Francisco for our honeymoon! It’s been the best part of the process so far!
The easiest way to lay out our trip for you is to link to all the restaurants and wineries we plan to visit, and show you a glimpse of our intended lodgings. Of course, if anyone has recommendations, we would love them!
Blue Bottle Coffee
The Slanted Door
The Clift Hotel
Napa Area/ Yountville
The French Laundry
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
The Bardessono Hotel
The Cottages at Napa Valley
We're pretty much already trembling with excitement about this honeymoon, and it will be a total dream come true. It blends in everything we love and seems tranquil, relaxing, and absolutely perfect. Right now, we still have to book everything aside from the air travel. Does anyone have a recommendation for planning? Should we schedule everything to the hour to make sure we get as much in as possible, or should we go with the flow and relax a bit? I tend to lean more toward the first. Thank you so much for reading!