Thursday, October 7, 2010

Girls Getaway to Napa - Day #2

We slept in the next morning, but finally made our way up to the Carneros reception area where we found the Plumpjack Sport ( clothing store. After trying on several items, we made our purchases then took a quick nap at the adult pool where we laid out with the best Napa pool view ever. We used some of the resort’s bicycles to peddle down to the infamous Boon Fly Cafe for a nice Saturday brunch. First step....order a Bacon Bloody Mary and Cucumber Mojito. Then I tried to tackle the huge Chilaquiles, but it won and I only ate about one-third of it. Regretfully, we had to say goodbye to Carneros as we had an afternoon appointment at Cade Winery in Angwin.

We arrived at Cade Winery ( and met Alan, our wine guide for the afternoon. We immediately fell in love with Cade’s Sauvignon Blanc and arguably one of the best views of the Valley. We hung out, drank wine, made new friends and toured Cade’s winery and caves to see another amazing wine-making operation.

We left Cade and returned to Hourglass as Jeff was nice enough to let us stay on property in their private guest house. We couldn’t have been happier as we sat on the front porch, drinking more wine and looking out over the vineyards. Who would ever want to leave this place? Dinner that evening was at Silverado Brewing Company (, which is located in St. Helena. Although we love wine, beer was a nice change from our standard beverage the past few days. My beer of choice was (of course) the “Certifiably” Blonde Ale, which I thought paired perfectly with their award-winning Lamb Burger and BBQ pork.

After dinner we decided to check out the Martini House (, which is a Pat Kuleto designed space. Upon initially hearing “Martini House,” I thought they specialized in martinis. Upon further research, I learned that the Martini House was originally built in 1923 by Walter Martini. After a stint as an opera singer, Mr. Martini and his wife moved to Napa where they enjoyed entertaining and gourmet food. Today, the Martini House is primarily a restaurant with a happening bar scene below in its Wine Cellar Bar that boasts more than 600 international wines. We made more friends, tried some martinis and called it a night.

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