WINE SIPS & RED LIPS

Well, it took me 7 months, but I’ve finally gone through all of the photos from me and Mike’s trip to Napa and San Fran. Hey, better late than never, right? And, I’ve been on a major blog kick recently. Side note, blogging about all of our vacations has me itching to book another trip soon. Stay tuned for what’s next. (HINT - It’s Portland, Maine to visit my best friend.)

Anyway, let’s rewind back to October when Mike and I took a long weekend (and a much needed break from work) to Northern California. It was Mike’s first time out that way and my first time heading to Wine Country while over the age of 21. MUCH different experience. Loved it ten times more (duh). 

Our first stop off the plane was obviously an In-N-Out. For all my new friends out there, I spent a summer in LA while in college and gained what I called the “California 15” strictly on In-In-Out. It was Mike’s first time, but he wasn’t as “wowed” over it as I would’ve liked him to be. Clearly the kid has questionable taste in burgers. I mean, animal style…is there any other way?

Next up, we hit the road to Napa where we stayed at the Meritage. I can’t speak highly enough of our stay. The suites were spacious and The Village directly across the street, which features multiple tasting rooms, was a great first stop on our wine tasting journey. We then proceeded to spend our first night at a local sports bar because the Eagles were playing and you know, “Go Birds.” Yup, you heard right…we flew 3,000+ miles to watch a football game. (We won.)

Thanks to the time difference, we were up and at ‘em first thing Friday and knocked off a bunch of bucket list things: snapped a pic at the Napa sign, toured some wineries, drove around God’s country, ate some good food, snapped a few more pics, and, of course, sipped some wine. 

Saturday, we headed down to San Francisco where we checked off a few more touristy things: drove over the Golden Gate, saw the Pink Ladies (cue the Full House theme song), ventured down Lombard Street, ate some clam chowder (in a bread bowl), took a ferry ride, explored Ghirardelli Square, walked around Fisherman’s Wharf, watched some of the Penn State game (here we go with the football thing again), rode a cable car, and ate some delicious Italian…all in a day. Our hotel was pretty chic, too.

It was a great trip, but if we were to do it over again, we wouldn’t try and tackle both Napa and San Francisco in such a short period of time.

Needless to say, we packed a lot in. 

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