My family has started this wonderful tradition of going up to Napa Valley for Thanksgiving. Since my sister lives in San Francisco too, its just about as easy for us to fly up to Seattle as it is for my parents to come down here.
Going up to Napa is such a treat this time of year. For the most part, the leaves are still on the vines and they are a beautiful yellow/red color. It is the perfect place to feel surrounded by fall. The light is especially beautiful this time of year.
This year we stayed at the Hotel Yountville. The hotel is one of my favorite places to stay because of the perfect fusion of rustic and modern. They seem to get everything right from the decor to the cozy touches like fireplaces in each room, wine when you arrive (always a plus), a hot tub fireside, and gorgeous bathrooms.
We always do a hike on Thanksgiving day and this year we tried this fairly easy 4 mile walk that ends up at a lake. While it was pretty cold on the walk, we enjoyed getting outside and a little bit of a workout in before tucking into a gourmet Thanksgiving meal.
One of our other traditions is to visit the FARM at the Carneros Inn for Thanksgiving dinner. They do an incredible Thanksgiving that is refined but still very traditional. I love the cozy restaurant setting complete with a roaring fireplace and velvet booths. My favorite was the candied sweet potatoes--they roasted them to perfection.
A few other things we did on our vacation...visit Hamel Family for wine tasting...enjoy the tasting menu and olive oil at Round Pond...eat a delicious dinner at Archetype...see the French Laundry gardens (that's the closest I'm ever going to be able to get to that place)
Overall it was a beautiful, relaxing trip and I'm really glad that I got to spend it with my family. Hope you enjoy a few snaps from the trip!