M’s birthday was this past weekend, and we decided to head to Napa for a few days! Hence my not posting anything for a while – we were too busy enjoying the sun and warmth! We found a lovely house through VRBO to rent, and it was up in the mountains, about 20 minutes east of Napa. The view was spectacular (and the photo above doesn’t do it justice)!
The house was beautifully appointed in a rustic French decor, and had local artwork shown – which I fell in love with! This is just a couple of this artist’s lovely work. They are small – about the size of a photograph, but so full of color and energy! I’m definitely going to purchase a few for myself!
The best part about renting the house is that we can cook for ourselves. Hotels always make you eat out for *every* meal, and here we get the option. We got to eat our standard breakfast every morning, and then enjoyed a couple evenings in, relaxing and reading a book after a leisurely meal. Electronics are shut off (except for the Kindle!), and we get to just enjoy the vacation.
In the morning, it was bird-a-palooza outside! There were always at least 3 or 4 woodpeckers hammering away at any given time, and then all sorts of various birds visited the trees surrounding the house. If you can’t tell, I love birds! Most of the photos I took were blurry, as they are so quick – but I did get at least one clear shot of one of them (a lady cardinal, maybe? My books are only for WA state!).
Safe to say, the highlight of the trip was just the relaxation, the disconnection, the quiet. And maybe the wine…
The second morning we were there, a family of deer cut through. We were mostly ignored, but for one of them – she kept glancing back at me, making sure I wasn’t a danger. I was just taking some snaps, so they just continued on their leisurely way.
Growing up in a big city, I’m always drawn to the more peaceful vacations. I prefer Kauai over Maui; staying in a house in the hills over somewhere in town; watching the birds over watching the game… This was quite lovely, and fit that requirement well. I think M enjoyed his birthday, and we both came back refreshed and a bit calmer.