Friday, August 31, 2012

Favorite Finds in Napa

Napa, the famous wine region in northern California, is truly a feast for all the senses.  First there is the beautiful natural scenery.  Country roads that wind through miles and miles of vineyards and trees.  At the end of the afternoon, the lighting is golden and lovely and produces scenes such as the one above.  Then of course there is the wine, some of the best you will ever taste.  And to go with that wine is delicious food at an array of excellent restaurants.  I was there recently and had some fantastic meals.  Foodies will feel like they've gone to heaven here.  The little town of St. Helena is lined with cookware stores featuring every pot, pan, or specialty gadget for home cooking you could think of. Chocolate shops, olive oil purveyors, specialty linens, garden stores, and even a fabulous rare book store are in abundance.  Here are some of the places and products that stood out during a recent visit to Napa:

The food was so good in Napa.  Press is one of the best restaurants in the area.

Sunflowers greet you at the entrance of Press Restaurant

 The meal begins with this delectable bread basket filled with gougeres, brioche rolls and bread sticks

The streets of St. Helena have a great collection of food and wine shops.  Woodhouse Chocolate is one of the prettiest and carries delicious chocolate candy.

The packaging is gorgeous 

Olivier is a purveyor of great food products as well as beautiful ceramic products for the kitchen.  I couldn't resist buying one of the charming olive oil dispensers pictured above.

The St. Helena Olive Oil Company has some of the best olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar I have ever tasted.  I left with a bottle of each.

More gourmet food products at St. Helena Olive Oil Company

They carry many types of gourmet salt

Acres Home and Garden was a treasure trove of everything for the gardener

Every corner of the store was loaded with unusual and beautiful gardening products

It is hard to believe that these flowers are not real

Jan De Luz carries beautiful embroidered linens which they will also monogram for you

A little nook at Jan De Luz for travel books

Another great restaurant for dinner

As the last golden days of summer come to an end, Napa is a great place to spend them.  The country roads and vineyards, the lush natural scenery, the delicious food and the legendary wines all add up to a beautiful trip filled with great inspiration.  It's hard to believe, but fall is right around the corner...


  1. I saw your post and knew I was in for a treat. You took me right back to Napa with a visit to some of my favorite spots in St. Helena. We've already booked a room for next spring. I can hardly wait; thanks for the treat.

  2. gorgeous photos and a nice reminder to get back to nearby Napa. This is a beautiful time to visit. I also can't believe those flowers are not real!

  3. Lovely to read more about a much read about place. Wishing you a happy autumn.

  4. That golden light is so warm and beautiful. I'd like to visit Napa just to see it, but the shops and restaurants look amazing as well.

  5. Lovely post. I absolutely love Napa and it's wonderful this time of year. Looks like you found some great shops. The flowers look fabulous! I would place a nice bouquet in each room.
    Wishing you a lovely holiday weekend. xoxo, B

  6. Wow! This looks amazing. I keep thinking about spending a cozy and romantic weekend in Napa this fall. I fell in love with pictures of the Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma. Do you have any places you recommend?

    1. Hi Lindsay, I really like the Farm House Hotel in Sonoma. It is charming, cozy and comfortable. I recommend it!

  7. Napa is a favorite spot. I was disappointed I was unable to return on my last trip to Northern California. Your beautiful post is the next best thing! Thanks!

  8. What a wonderful vicarious visit!! Someday...

  9. Never even been to California, but looks like Napa is a must - everything I love. Thanks for inspiring a future trip.

  10. Ahhh..wonderful photos! I'd also recommend The Girl and the Fig restaurant in Sonoma.

  11. Dream vacation! Thanks for taking me on it with you ;)

  12. ...AND The Olive Press for a wonderful olive oil tasting experience! (Also near Sonoma)

  13. gorgeous and inspiring. jealous i wasn't there :)