Thursday, May 15, 2014

IGTravel Thursday- Instagrams from Napa

Today I'm joining my fellow bloggers from  the Napa Valley trip to be part of Skimbaco's Instagram Travel Thursday.

Skimbaco, a lovely travel and lifestyle site, asked us to chose our favorite Instagrams from our Napa Valley trip.

I was only too happy to sift through the photos and relive my favorites....


I just love this!

Our first lunch together at Yountville's Redd.




  A dressed up alfresco cocktail gathering at our lovely Andaz Hotel's Mercantile Terrace restaurant.



Andaz's fabulous breakfasts- quinoa pear oatmeal!


Waking up in my dreamy room at Andaz.




 And speaking of dreamy, (did I say that ;), Domaine Carneros with the sparkling wine expert and host, Sean Donaghue.

The unbelievable views and the beauty of the Chateau.

The fabulous bubbly!!







Pine Ridge Vineyards' wonderful Rose' and their very deep wine cave.



 Sipping wine while wandering through their Stag's Leap Vineyard was an unforgettable experience.






The pretty Merryvale and meeting it's equally as beautiful and sweet proprietress, Laurence Schlatter.

I just love Tamera and Laurence's chic and summery stripes.


Merryvale's historic cask room.

I'm dreaming of the dinners we could have there.



The loveliest lunch ever on Merryvale's veranda with their cold Sauvignon Blanc. 

I want to go back!!




Barrel tasting and learning about Merlot with winemaker Mike Bolen at his small batch winery.

Bolen Winery was a blast!



Our final lunch at the charming Archetype in St Helena.

A must for anyone into decor who appreciates the details as we all did.

What a find this was.

 
Of course our trip wouldn't be anything without our expert Napa guide and driver, Mike of Napa Valley Tours and Transportation.

We loved Mike!



This trip was a lot of fun, but the time spent with these women was the best part.

I came back feeling so inspired and enlightened by these amazing ladies.

To see more ITTravel Instagrams from these four, follow Adrienne of The Rich Life,  Heather of StyleMindChic, Tamera of Tamera Beardsley and Jennifer of A Well Styled Life. You can also find our guide Mike Johnson who takes fantastic shots of his region at Napa Chauffeur.

We are sharing and connecting with other traveling bloggers today who are using Instagram.

You can join our Instagram Travel Thursday just by adding #IGTravelThursday to your photos on Instagram!

Find more travel blogs and stories at Skimbaco Lifestyle and visit Leigh at The Hines Sight Blog.




32 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for linking up. I love the photos. They are great. You all had a wonderful time.
    If you haven't done so yet, please make sure you put your link in the link-up so others can find your post. Great job.

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    1. Thanks Leigh! I added it. Your trip was amazing too. x

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  2. Your IG pictures are so fun Kim and I can tell you all had a great time. The weather looked perfect! We are just now getting warmer, dryer weather here in Seattle. These photos make me want to head out to do a little bit of local wine tasting. Tomorrow is Friday .. I need to work on that! ;) xxleslie

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    1. Leslie, Sounds like a good plan for the weekend. It's been crazy hot here 100s! I could send you a little... xx

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  3. What a fun trip you ladies had!!! I can't get over with the size of the sparkling wine bottle... did you drink it all? :)

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    1. Katja, Wan't that something? I think I should have bought one, even just to display it would be cool...Might be hard to hold off cracking it open though! ;)

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  4. this was during my blogging break but i still followed all the pics on instagram and made me want to go to Napa which to be honest I never really felt a big yearning to see before. Loved all the pics xx

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    1. Naomi, I think you would love it. It was my first trip in several years and now I want to go back again this summer. I forgot how beautiful, relaxing and fun it is. You should put it on the list!

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  5. I've been loving these Napa Valley posts this week, looks like you all had a great trip! I'd definitely want to visit Napa one day...

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    1. Satu, Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm enjoying all the other travel linked blogs too! Hope you get to visit one day.

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  6. Merryvale cask room looks amazing, as does everything else you did in your meet up. So inspiring! Wonder what we could do in the local vineyard...

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    1. Reeta, Thanks Merryvale was one of the highlights of this trip and not to miss! I think any vineyard is fun for a party or dinner too! Thanks for your note!!
      Kim

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  7. Terrific recap Kim! I love your Instagram photos. We really did have the time of our lives, didn't we? I'm so glad I got to share this adventure with you my friend.
    XOJennifer

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    1. Jen yours too!! It was really special to me Jen. xo

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  8. This blog brings smiles and tears to my eyes - love Napa and Sonoma wine country! Just did a trip with some lady friends last Fall out there and always ready to go back! It is so beautiful, relaxing and lots of good food and wine. There is nothing better than experiencing this trip with girlfriends! Happy you shared and will definitely try some of your suggestions.

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    1. Thanks so much. I so think a trip with friends is so good for everyone. Glad you liked this and thanks so much for reading! I'm hoping to go back soon too!

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  9. What beautiful women, this brings such a smile to my face! As I said on another blog (Jen's?), you can really rock a fedora girl! your good times really come through and you're all so stylish!

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    2. Jody you are too kind. I hope you can join us on one of these sometime! xo

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  10. Gorgeous photos! It really captures the spirit of fun. Love.

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  11. Such pretty shots! You're quite the photographer, Dear!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy

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    1. Dawn I give most of the credit to Instagram. Those filters are amazing.

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  12. Funny you all took photos of your room service breakfast!
    The photos of the food match up to the woman!!!
    Funny the things I notice!Looks like the trip was a treat...........she better plan another soon!

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    1. Contessa they had the best breakfast choices- healthy, but delicious! We need another soon and you too! x

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  13. This is a fabulous recap of your memorable trip and I feel sure that we shall at some point visit this wonderful area. Archetype will certainly be at the top of my list and I shall refer back to your posts for the other recommendations too. I'm sure it won't be long before you all arrange another fun break together!

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    1. Thanks Miss B. Archetype was a dream. The food amazing too! Hope you get to visit our here soon! x

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  14. What a fabulous trip! I adore Napa . . . and really any excuse for a girls' trip.

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    1. Agree girl's trip and Napa- both the best!!

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  15. Kim, I have a question about your trip to Half Moon Bay. Is there a location in the Ritz Carlton that would be appropriate for an afternoon road trip stop for drinks and bathroom with my father and step mother (visiting from the South) and a five month old baby. If the baby is crying, I would not take him in...I know that coastal and California properties tend to be more casual than many, and we'll be there when the place shouldn't be crowded...I don't want to upset anyone. If the baby is fussy, I'll stay out and care for him, but if he is happy, he might make happy noises in a restaurant. Do you think that would be a problem there? Do you have any other Half Moon Bay recommendations? Thanks in advance!!!

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    1. Yes you should go to the Ritz. The Conservatory Lounge in the main lobby is open and casual with nice bathrooms and a view. You can get drinks or lunch or just a light snack. You can also do the same on the Terrace which is outside. It may be a bit cooler or hot out there depending on the day. I think you'll find there are lots of families and parents with small ones. I saw so many on both of my last trips there, babies included.

      I know how you feel I was always nervous about that when my guys were little. Do not stress. The Ritz is very welcoming and loves families! You will enjoy the pretty views and it's a treat.

      Downtown Half Moon Bay is cute, but food places are just okay. There is Sam's Chowder House a little farther along the coast. That has casual food, and is by the water, but there is usually a wait and can get crowded.

      Hope that helps! Enjoy your trip and your little one!

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    2. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.

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