Travel Guide: Napa, CA

I recently traveled to Napa, CA for my friend Anna’s Bachelorette Party and it was so much fun! Due to a few cancelations in flights, we did not get to spend as much time as we wanted to there, but still had a ton of fun. Just incase you plan on traveling there I wanted to share where we stayed, what we did, and where we went 🙂

PLACES TO STAY

We stayed at the very beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites in Napa, CA.

The hotel was extremely clean, gorgeous and their breakfast was to die for. I always try to look for hotels that include breakfast and kind of always assume it will be a regular small continental, but this was everything and more. They had a waffle maker, eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, and so much more. The rooms were so nice and there bathrooms were gorgeous. They also offered free wine at 5pm everyday, which is so nice. The hotel had various wineries within a 10-30 minute drive (we used Uber’s) and had wine rooms right in the center of town which was a 10 minute drive. They also had a shopping center next door which had a target, in and out burger, food store, and much more.

THINGS TO DO

  1. Chandon Winery:

The bride requested that we go to Chandon Winery because they are the makers of her wedding gown. So of course, the maid of honor booked us some time there and we did an awesome cocktail class. It was SO much fun! They provided all the ingredients and the directions and we got to make three awesome cocktails.

Afterwards we got to sit there and enjoy our drinks. So, we got some platters that they offered and made a day out of it. It was such a beautiful place and the ambiance was amazing.

 

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2. Starmont Winery:

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Two Piece // Veil // Bride to be Set // Shoes // White Dress

3. Capp Heritage Tasting Room :

Our first stop was a wine room right in the heart of Napa! Capp Heritage was a cute little place with such gorgeous chairs, a small stage for live entertainment, and cute decor. We did a wine tasting and their wines were amazing. I’m a red wine kind of girl and everything was so good!

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Shirts // My shorts // Bridal Veil Similar

How cute are our shirts? The bride loves Disney so we found these adorable bachelorette Disney themed shirts! Etsy is always perfect for those kinds of things 🙂

4. Napkins

Napkins is the place to go if you are looking for a night out with your girls. It was extremely busy, but the music was good and everyone was up and dancing! It was a lot of fun!

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PLACES TO EAT

  1. BASALT

The food was absolutely amazing here. Although a bit expensive, the quality of the food made up for it as well as the overall atmosphere. We ate outside and it was so nice out and on a little river that you can look out on. The Garlic Fries that comes as a side is so good and I highly recommend it. For dinner I got the black pepper hanger steak and my friend got the Maine Lobster Risotto. Both extremely good and full of flavor.

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2. Red Hen Cantina

This place was so unbelievably delicious. The amount of food you get is un-matched by any restaurant. To start, we got appetizers of Guacamole & Chips. But, you also get chips and salsa as soon as they seat you. We each got different items on the menu, but I stuck to the steak fajitas that were so amazing.  The flavor was out of this world. I highly recommend stopping here if you have the chance.

All in all, it was an amazing trip and I cannot wait to go back there one day!

Have you ever been to Napa, CA? What was your favorite winery?

Xo,

Nina

Dreamy Engagement Picture Maxi Dress

Lace Two-Piece Dress // White Off-the-Shoulder Maxi // Perfect Opportunity White Maxi

With bridal season just around the corner, I wanted to share all about my experience with a long white dress for engagement pictures!These were taken over two years ago when we went to Greece, and I kept thinking about if I wanted to wear a maxi or a mini and had such a hard time choosing. I ended up choosing a maxi because I loved the romantic look they have! We actually took our engagement pictures in Santorini! We knew we were going to be there when in the summer we planned to take our engagement pictures, and thought how beautiful it would be to get them done there. Hands down the best decision ever!

I was worried about finding a photographer, but I literally just jumped on instagram months before our trip and found a photographer and reached out to him. He was amazing! He brought us to the most beautiful places and we got the most beautiful pictures.

The dress I ended up getting is actually a bridesmaids dress that Lulus sold and my sister ended up wearing the exact dress in petal pink for her maid of honor dress for my wedding. It was so romantic. They don’t have it on their site anymore but I linked similar ones and ones that I would have worn too!

Where are your engagement pictures being taken? Are you taking honeymoon pictures too?

XOXO,

Nina


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