Nov 2, 2011

~ chateau montelena and more

Last Napa Valley post! I am still feeling the benefits from the relaxation and complete beauty we experienced in Napa! I love coming home from a trip feeling rejuvenated and reenergized, ready to take on whatever comes my way! 
A tasting at Chateau Montelena is not unlike a short honeymoon... the surroundings are romantic and charming, and the wine, well you know, is delicious.

In my last post I used a gorgeous image from a dinner at Auberge du Soleil, the most romantic place to have dinner!

I'm sure I've never seen a pumpkin tablescape this gorgeous.

Our dinner on the balcony could not have been better... the view looks like a postcard!

I took a quick stroll around before the sun went down to get a few more shots...

 Love these orange mums inside the restaurant...

The dinner was delectable... a perfect end to this escape from reality! 

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YONKS said...

Are you sure you were in the Napa Valley. It looks like it could be somewhere in Italy or France - stunning!
Thanks for the tour :-)

The enchanted home said...

Jan oh Jan, this is not good. You have me yearning to go back to Napa as in today, like I am seriously tempted to go right to booking a flight..this is mean. I LOVE THAT PLACE and you are so right you do come home feeling like a new person, so restored and happy. I need a Napa trip baaaaadly. I wonder if I can make that a "surprise" Christmas present for my hubby, I can act like its all about him even though it will be the ultimate present to myself:)
Love your pics, first time we went to Chateau Montelena I fell in love also looooved the movie Bottleschock, did you see it? I think I watched it 3 times if not to stare at the beautiful scenery. It was filmed there.....and agree about Auberge, loved eating there too, way more than I did at French Laundry (we were not that impressed with FL) Did you go to Bottega? Loved it there. Here i am rambling, see you talk about Napa and I can't shut up......

Acquired Objects said...

Your trip to Napa sounds and looks wonderful. We were there seven years ago and didn't want to leave.

Victoria said...

Jan, Thank you so much for the virtual tour. I haven't been to the Napa Valley since my husband died eleven years ago, but before that we went every year. You have showcased two of my all-time favorite places; Auberge de Soliel and Chateau Montelena where the architecture, the gardens and the wine are gorgeous. I think this December, for my 70th, I will open my last bottle of 1991 Cabernet.


Jessica Rowe {The Aestate} said...

This looks like such an amazing retreat! Love the pagoda!


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Mary Anne said...

Jan: So loved your post on Napa. The pictures were glorious. As for Napa, it is one of my most favorite places in the whole world. We try to make it there at least every other year, visiting vineyards, buying cheese and wine and sitting on picnic tables just taking it all in. Wine overlooking the valley at Auberge de Soloil at sunset a real memory. So happy you were able to get away!


I was absolutely smitten with the Pagoda until I saw that lovely sitting area that reminded me of Mykonos--so gorgeous!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Jan, Such beautiful post. Shoot, I really want to go to Napa now. It looks like so much fun. I have heard there's really good restaurants and great shops.

5th and State said...

oh no.......i did not know i now need to add napa to my ever growing wish list!
how absolutely stunning, almost appears to be an italian vacation.
thanks for the tour!