Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Getaways- The Hip and Lovely, Andaz Napa


Last week our, Bloggers in Napa Valley event happened after much planning and excitement!

We checked in to the very fresh and chic, Andaz Napa.

It exceeded our expectations in so many ways.

You can't get a better spot in Downtown Napa. It's close to the charming little walk to the riverfront, and many excellent restaurants and shops.

As it's a short drive from the Silverado Trail, and the neighboring towns of Yountville, Rutherford and St Helena, it's the perfect base for exploring Napa Valley wine country.



Loved the entry and the gorgeous ironwork on the windows.

The welcome is there the moment you arrive. 

They insist you relax while they check you in on an IPhone and hand you a glass of Napa Valley's finest.

Nice!


Heather, and I were already giggling.




We had just had an alfresco lunch at Redd in Yountville. (More to come on that.)



Tamera, Jennifer and Adrienne getting silly in the lobby which had a nice buzz.  There are many spaces to chill and kick back here as well as fruit waters, nuts and other goodies to snack on.

We headed up to check out our rooms and get pretty for our little cocktail meet up we planned for a few Napa Valley friends and fellow bloggers who could make it.

The rooms were beyond.


My particular room was a corner suite that was like an apartment.

I loved the big sitting area with the sectional. It was perfect for having all the girls up later for more chatting and goat cheese. (Told you this was a girl's getaway!)

The bed was as heavenly as it looks. 

Yes, I did take a bath! How could I not?






Much space to spread out including a desk and dresser..



Can I tell you how spoiled I felt to have my own space, as I live with 3 men?

I spread my things about!

Had to keep pinching myself. The rain shower and large bath were indulgent as well.



After I roused myself from this, and secretly schemed how I could stay a few months :D, we headed up to the open terrace top of the hotel.

Andaz's lovely Mercantile Terrace did not disappoint. 




It's a place to dine and socialize with fire pits and sofas, rockers and even swings.

There's a fun vibe out here and frankly, the last thing you want to do is leave your hotel for dinner,  after a day of wine tasting.





We all ended up in some form of black. This is my favorite Instagram of the 5 of us.



There was some serious display of jewels by my fellow bloggers!

Jennifer and Tamera had some beautiful necklaces.


Adrienne wore her wine county necklace she had been working on for this trip. Love it.





We gravitated toward one of the fire pits and met some really great ladies.



Heather and Tamera with the lovely Contessa from The Vintage Hen House, who made the trek up from Orinda. 

So fun to meet her and she's as fabulous as she appears in the blog world!



We also got the pleasure of meeting the charming Wine Country stylist, Malia

This girl is seriously talented and funny as heck too. I am hoping to get to work with her as Adrienne did for her photo shoot and also for her shopping expertise!




After a late dinner out there we all went up to Adrienne's to chat more. 

Her suite had a fireplace and different configuration and was spacious too.



Couldn't resist sharing cute Tamera in her sequin pants. 

We were like girls in slumber party mode and yakked late into the night..




It was hard to leave my cozy room in the morning...




 The sun streamed in and there was a pretty view of the little downtown and the hills beyond.



The fog was still burning off here.




We had room service the first morning. I adore the cute boxes they brought it up in.

This is my quinoa oatmeal with pears and almonds as well as proper Earl Grey tea, loose leaf and all.

Delicious.

There is a also cute breakfast bar where one can grab coffees, smoothies, oatmeal and more.

 We did this the second morning and ate at a high table.




The darling Famer's Table Restaurant is another choice in the hotel for food.



Just adored the lobby. 


Fantastic huge map of Napa.

There's a good feeling about this whole hotel. 

The spaces were so well designed for socializing and relaxing. 

A breakfast bar in the lobby becomes a fun regular bar later in the day.



I cannot say enough about the good service at Andaz. 

Everyone was so friendly and excited to share knowledge about the area and other great spots as well.



We lingered for a long time before departing on the last day.

 It was such a joy being together at this beautiful spot.

I am absolutely coming back to this gem. If you are planning on a trip to the Napa Valley, Andaz is a wonderful choice for so many reasons! 

Thank you to Andaz Napa, and all the lovely folks there who sponsored our stay and made us feel so well looked after. As a woman traveling alone, I really liked that.

Andaz itself, was a holiday and the highlight of this trip.

I am excited to show the other fab parts of this adventure- the friends, the spots we went, the wine we sipped, the hats we bought, the shopping, and our great guide, Mike of Napa Valley Tours and Transportation,  in my Girl's Guide to Napa Valley, up next!


xKim

 A special thanks goes to my dear friend Adrienne who did so much work for this to happen. 



Disclosure: Andaz Napa generously sponsored my lodging for two nights. I paid for food, parking and other incidentals while staying at Andaz Napa. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.


Photos Northern Cal Style and top Andaz exterior photo and Farmer's Table pic courtesy of Andaz Napa Pinterest.

20 comments :

  1. What a great recap and perfect review!! What can I possibly add? It's a stellar hotel which I plan to return to again and again. Truly fabulous. Miss you. XO Jennifer

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  2. This is AMAZING, my favorite post so far! That hotel is heavenly and the photo of the morning sunshine you captured is so beautiful!! Looks so fun and I bet the wine was flowing all weekend ;)
    Xx, Tiffany | www.sunshinedaydreamphotography.com

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  3. Love...Love....LOVE it!!!! Thanks for sharing and can't wait for more!!

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  4. This CONTESSA is charmed by your review!Although, I only live an hour away YOU make me want to spend the night there!Perhaps, a MOTHER'S DAY SOIREE is in order!I think my grown SONS would appreciate it too!Love the photos!Especially the "GROUP SHOT!"What a special time was had by ALL.I truly enjoyed "CRASHING" the cocktail hour and meeting everyone.THANK~YOU for including me!XXXX

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  5. You captured our first day perfectly, Kim. I love all your photos. They make me want to do a retake of our entire trip!
    Miss you!
    xo, A

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  6. Looks very luxurious yet comfortable and set up for social interactions. Great for people on holiday and new to the area who may want tips of what to see and do. You must be missing it already.

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  7. Wow it looks like a perfect getaway, what a gorgeous hotel! You are all clearly having such an amazing time and what a beautiful group of women. Thanks for sharing Kim!

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  8. Kim this is such a beautiful and captivating post my dear friend! It makes me miss you all the more!

    xoxo
    Tamera

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  9. GORGEOUS photos and GORGEOUS ladies! Wish I could meet you all! And Andaz Napa sounds heavenly!!

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  10. Hi Kim, the Hotel looks so elegant and comfortable. Looks like a fun event with the ladies.

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  11. Kim dear-yes, we were giggling already, and for much of the trip. What a fantastic time we had. I love that photo of you with the wine glass. You are so pretty. This post shares such a fun glimpse of the Andaz Napa. Scott and I have stayed here twice before and I highly recommend it as a romantic little getaway. Love your images and this post. Miss you already.
    xx, Heath

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  12. Napa Valley is already on my must-visit list and now I have discovered the perfect place to stay. Just our kind of hotel. I love the décor and the Mercantile terrace. The rustic looking Farmer's Table Restaurant reminds me of Le Pain Quotidien which we often visit in London. What a fabulous photo of you all looking stylish in black!

    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Love this Kim!!! This looks like so much fun and I've been to Napa a few times, but after seeing these pics it definitely makes sense why tourists around the world want to go here and your comment about living with 3 men lol. I can see why you'd want to stay a few months. You all look beautiful on the terrace and your statement necklaces are all perfect. Really wish I could have made it for a bit of wine tasting, especially after seeing these photos. :)

    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.com

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  14. Hi Kim! I`m so glad that you had an amazing time! I truly enjoyed looking at these photos of your awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing and wishing you a lovely weekend! :)<3

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  15. Oh what a fabulous place - and how wonderful do you all look. I love all the jewels and hats, beautiful women having a great time together!

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  16. this looks so much FUN I wish I could have been there too! x

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  17. You gorgeous ladies know how to have a grand time!!! Why wasn't I invited? :) And what a super stylish hotel! Ciao

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  18. Andaz is gorgeous! I would love to stay there someday if I have the chance. The room alone is pretty enough to stay in the whole day but other places in the hotel are equally attractive.

    So glad to see all of you have a great time. Maybe you ladies can organize a bigger NorCal Bloggers meetup or something?

    - Karen

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  19. Wow! What amazing place! It looks you have a lot of fun ...
    Enjoy your time!
    Margaret
    http://www.decordesireforbeauty.com/blog.html

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