One sunny and bright weekend day we found ourselves aching for a scenic drive. A few hours of not doing chores, not gardening, not vacuuming or doing the laundry felt like a semblance of a vacation, which we didn't have any yet and one whole quarter of the year has passed by. Napa was our choice; this time Silverado Trail was our route. Most people take Highway 29 when they visit Napa and with good reason. That's where most big name wineries sit next to each other, plus the shopping can easily be accessed from there.
However, travel guides and sites always suggest the tourist to take the equally scenic Silverado Trail, which one website called the other Napa. Shame on us for not venturing out this way before, but better late than never.
And so with our usual road trip buddies with us, Sunita and her husband Rocky, we drove out to Napa and sightsee. It's a blessing to live in the Bay Area, where there's so many things to see and do that you can live here for ever and not be able to see all and do all.
Join me as we drive the Silverado trail.
The wildflowers were the main reason to go visit, but as usual we were a tad late.
Having realized that we would never be able to view the wildflowers we decided to just stop and visit wineries. No tasting for us this time. One doesn't have to have wine to enjoy the valley.
Are we in Vegas? Greece? Rome? Where are we?
The first winery we visited was Darioush with these columns, so out of place in Napa Valley in my opinion. It does make for a perfect photo site.
This beautiful girl was having a photo shoot. She really is beautiful in person.
There is also this sculpture infront of the columns, which to me look like a vessel for Olympic torch.
Then the garden of Stag's Leap Cellers beckoned us from the road so we stopped.
Follow the sign.
Beautiful gardens, but the clientele were a bit more "fashionable" than we expected, so I didn't even go inside the tasting room. Instead I lingered to take photos of the flowers.
And the whimsical sculpture.
Then we reached the end of Silverado Trail and continued on to Highway 29.
Where we spotted more signs of spring.
As we continued to traverse this busy highway, I tick one of my wish list. I've always wanted to stop by Beringer Winery because I'd like to see the mansion up close. So we stopped, but I did not get to see the interiors of the mansion because well I found out I need to buy a ticket to the tour to see it. Not feeling "touristy" that afternoon, we said no to the tour, but instead browse at the gift shop and the surrounding gardens.
I can live here. Just like in fairytale, isn't it?
The gift shop area.
Sunita and me
Before going home we stopped by Dean and Deluca for a little snack. One of my fave things to do in Napa is to browse at the wonderful gourmet offerings of this purveyor of good food from all over the world. I'm like a kid in the candy store.
On the way home I took this drive by shot of a little cottage on the road. I love it's landscaped front yard, so clean and neat.
OUR WORLD TUESDAY