Those of us whose careers are rooted in creativity as well as those who appreciate being surrounded by beauty, we all need regular doses of inspiration to keep the juices flowing. A shot in the arm of something beautiful whether it be a swatch of fabric, a clever food presentation or a pretty place just makes us feel better. That is why at the end of each year we have a tradition—we go to the Napa Valley for a few days with our friends from New Jersey. Of course we wine, dine and shop around—that’s what you do in Napa! Here are a few of our tried and true and new favorites.
This year a combination of vino and vacation were had as soon as we checked into the newly opened Hotel Yountville. The lobby alone set the tone with its welcoming grey tones and chestnut leather accents.
Once we reached our room, Hotel Yountville soon became a new “favorite place” of mine. The resort-style hotel and touches from Napa architect Robert Keenan are apparent from the vaulted wood-beamed ceilings to the reclaimed wide plank floors. The descriptor bestowed upon Keenan’s style — Saville Row elegance melded with casual sophistication.
Though creek side patios lure for kicking back and soaking in the heritage oaks and vintage olive trees, there’s much to do on the property. One of our most memorable breakfast starts was at Hopper Creek Restaurant with Modern American Farmstead fare from Chef Adam Clark. Our friend, Deb, ordered the amazing fruit risotto to start off her day!
Check back with me later this week to see what we found shopping, wining and dining!