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25 Feb

San Francisco & Napa Diary

Thanks for visiting for a recap of my San Francisco trip. JD and I made this trip mainly to visit the Calistoga area. It was my postponed birthday vacation since we got way too busy during the holidays and my birthday, being December 23, is sadly too close to Christmas lol. Birthday plans during that time tend to fall through.

The Napa area seemed like a good idea since I mainly just wanted to relax on a getaway surrounded by nature. We did get to hang out in the city area a little bit before and after the wineries and vineyards. I just love San Francisco, but it’s a city that will have to be tackled on another trip because there’s so much to do there. I definitely feel like Napa and the SF city area are two different trips to be taken so I’m looking forward to a future visit just to the city area. I’ll just narrate some of these pics. below:

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Upon arrival at the San Francisco airport, I immediately felt transported into Christian Grey’s red room lol.

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At Absinthe– first stop to eat after the airport. It had a cute little French cafe feel =)

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On our way to Calistoga after a quick stay in Healdsburg, we stopped at Castello di Amorosa. You can have wine tastings at this castle. It definitely feels other-worldly there like you’re in another country.

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Delighted to find these animals on the grounds just moseying about.

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Making friends.

Second food stop on the way to Calistoga Ranch was at Evangeline. They serve French Creole/Cajun food that was really delish and the restaurant had a quaint, relaxing setting.

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I got the shrimp grits on the right. I haven’t tried grits that much, but this was really good =)

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Arrival at Calistoga Ranch. Three different options to shower/bathe whoo hoo! lol

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This was probably the best option- so cool to take a hot outdoor shower in the cold 50 degree weather.

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Calistoga Ranch definitely felt like luxury camping. It was a very private hideaway nestled in the peaceful outdoors. These lounge chairs on our porch were super comfy.

Private fireplace to warm up on the cozy porch.

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Dinner at the resort’s Lake House restaurant

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This dessert was so delish! =P

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Purple wino mouth =X

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This cab was so good!

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Highly recommend their room service

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Passing the lake on our way to hike. They have 2 hiking trails on site.

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I love hikes with creeks.

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The ground was muddy and slippery from the rainy days before our arrival that we were lucky to miss. The weather was sunny but still cold. We had a few falls from the slippery mud.

Made it to the top!

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Spa time!

Best part of staying at the resort! I never thought I’d end up being a spa person, but after discovering how stressful having a career can be, I just want to live here lol. Careers can be over-rated hahah!

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The drive back to the city. Passing through the Napa area is so scenic.

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Vineyards on vineyards

We’re going on the bridge =D

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We ate at Fog Harbor Fish House at Fisherman’s Wharf. Great seafood and view of the bay here.

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Fisherman’s Wharf

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Our food server at Fog Harbor was kind enough to recommend going to the Buena Vista for their famous Irish Coffee. We’ve been hooked on Irish coffee ever since. This cafe has been around since the early 1900s and the waitress shared they serve around 2,000 of these Irish coffee drinks a day.

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Had to take a drive to Lombard Street

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Driving one of these little Go Car rentals is on my to-do list next time we go to San Francisco – who’s with me?! They’re too cute and apparently the car talks to you.

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View from the top of Lombard Street.

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Completely smitten by the colorful buildings and homes in SF. They have so much character and charm =)

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Till next time SF! <3

Thanks for checking out my Danilla diary travel recap!  XX Dana