Monday, July 7, 2014

Napa Goodness

How is your summer going? I just got back from a long weekend in Napa where my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. Napa was the perfect place to go; it's not that far from home and yet it feels worlds away. And it is one of the most magical spots for a celebration. We spent three days exploring and just hanging out...

There were quaint farms and wineries

Welcoming signs

Lush vineyards

Cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Institute

Champagne tastings

Beautiful spots to relax

Icy drinks by the pool

Country flowers

Favorite places for lunch

A magical setting for celebrating an anniversary

And great wines and champagnes for making that special toast

It was the perfect place to be!


I hope you have been enjoying the summer. The last couple of weeks were a great time for me to catch up on some reading -- a delicious summer novel as well as stacks of magazines and newspapers.

There is so much to talk about! Stay tuned...

But I am wondering, have you seen this?

Or this?

Two different covers of the August issue of British Harper's Bazaar and it is out now. There is a ten page article that features the women of "Downton Abbey" in a glamorous photo spread. The timing couldn't be better for those of us still going through "Downton" withdrawal. The fifth season of the show debuts in Britain this fall. Can't wait to get a copy of the magazine. Looking forward to reading about the "Downton Sisterhood"!


  1. Welcome back and Happy Anniversary! The photos you've shared are gorgeous. Isn't it strange that Harper's Bazaar didn't think to use the Downton covers over here?

    1. Thank you, Gail! I think it is because the new season of Downton doesn't start until January here, whereas in Britain, it will be starting in the fall. So these covers are a bit more timely over there.

  2. This looks like the perfect place to spend your anniversary !!
    Love Downton Abbey too. Thanks for sharing the pics of the cover.

  3. A wondrous vista and lush stopping off places for anniversary celebrating! Many happy returns - to both the date and the location, Sunday.

    Now, about that issue of Haper's . . .

  4. Wondrous scenery and lush locations, Sunday. Happy anniversary with many happy returns to both the date and the location.

    Now, about that issue of Harpers . . . :)

  5. Such beautiful photos, as always! We were in the Sonoma area just the week before you and I agree, what a beautiful place to visit, for all the senses. Happy Anniversary!

  6. Hello!
    I live right over the hill from Napa Valley in Sonoma Valley. I love to see Wine Country through someone else's eyes - to know what stood out for them. It looks like you visited some wonderful places.
    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

  7. Happy Anniversary! love your blog, this is the perfect way to celebrate!

  8. What gorgeous photos, and I agree, it's a most magical place to visit or celebrate anything. We usually spend more time in Sonoma, but need to branch out and explore more of Napa. I hope you had a marvelous anniversary, and many, many more to come.