Napa Valley Guide Part 1: Dining

We had so much fun in Napa celebrating T’s 35th and our 10th Anniversary.  It was just what the doctor ordered, and we returned refreshed, with oodles of wine, and with a bit more wine knowledge.

I thought it would be best to break up our travels in to two posts — (1) dining and (2) drinking.  Read on for a rundown of where we ate in Napa (and a few great places in Sausalito/San Francisco too).

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Coffee Table Styling

I struggle to find that perfect balance between bare and cluttered for my coffee tables.  For the coffee table in our den, I generally like to keep it cleared off, with just a few recent magazines and the remote controls so that people can bring in food/drink or my daughter can do a puzzle.

For the coffee table in our living room, however, I like to layer lots of interesting coffee table books, the most recent Architectural Digest, home accessories, candles, flowers, and cocktail napkins.  I want my living room coffee table to beckon you to come, have a drink, light a candle, and grab a book.  I also want everything to mean something.  In my mind, that is what differentiates curated from cluttered.

Hate having anything on your coffee table like I know some of you do?  There is always room for these goodies on a bookcase or side table too. 

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A Weekend in South Beach

For me, half the fun of a vacation starts well before I arrive at my destination.  It begins with the planning.  I feel a sense of calm wash over me the minute I enter a luxury resort website, and I can taste the drinks and food when I skim restaurant menus and reviews.

Maybe its because I am in the last few weeks of my pregnancy and essentially housebound, but I’ve been dreaming of our weekend in South Beach last November for my 30th birthday, and I wanted to share the details with y’all in case you were thinking about getting a jump start on planning your fall/winter getaway.

I get it.  It’s summer.  The last think you might be craving is heat.  However, in a few short months it will be fall, and then it will be winter (brrrrrrrrr) — and you will want to drink rosé again and you will want to thaw.  I promise. 

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