Somehow, someway, Chynna’s annual birthday trip has come and gone. I feel like it was just last month I was typing up about our latest adventure to Catalina Island! For her 22nd birthday , we decided to be a bit more sophisticated and make a girl’s weekend trip to the beautiful Napa Valley.
Getting there was a little rough at first. It’s an 8 hour drive from Los Angeles but the gorgeous scenery most certainly made it worth it. (shout out to our friend Katherine that drove ALL 8 hours like a champ.)
On our first morning in Napa we set out to search for the perfect winery for tastings. Considering Napa being the most famous wine growing region we figured this would be an easy task. However, we quickly found out Napa prices can be pretty steep. After driving around for about 20 mins or so, we discovered Robert Mondavi Winery. Here they offered wine tastings and tours for both the novice and wine experts. I was thankful for how much the staff valued educating visitors on the different wine selections because we honestly walked in pretty clueless. We decided to try four flights of the crisp and refreshing wines and made our way onto the patio to sip and enjoy the beautiful view of the grapevines and mountains.
For Chynna’s birthday dinner we decided to give Farmstead a visit. Not gonna lie, we made this decision solely based off the name thinking the restaurant would feature a mostly vegetarian/animal friendly menu buuut we were wrong. However, they did have a few vegan/vegetarian friendly options. If you’re ever to visit, I think Chynna would highly recommend Yukon Potato Gnocchi plate. My chubby self was focused on the cheddar biscuits and honey butter. These put the Red Lobster cheddar biscuits to shame. Trust me. Get. Them. Order like 20 to take home with you too.
On our second morning in Napa, we set out to find the best breakfast spot in downtown. After asking around and taking poll from the locals, everyone suggested Model Bakery was the place to go! Weird name right? The word model and anything related to bread most definitely don’t belong in the same sentence (just kidding). This cute little bakery is famous for the brick-oven cooked english muffins and other artisan breads. I ended up choosing a chai latte and the veggie breakfast sandwich and it was probably my best meal out of all the eating we did in Napa.
In the evening of our last day, our friend Katherine had a wedding to shoot, so Chynna and I decided to spend our last hours exploring downtown and enjoy the stunning landscape. The air here was free of smog and the mountain ranges went on for miles. If you ever visit Napa, I would recommend getting to a high point somewhere to watch the sunset- it’s absolutely amazing to see. My first trip to Napa Valley was a short one but I am grateful to have just been there to celebrate another year of good health and fortune for my sister.