Springtime in Napa – Chateau Montelena

Visiting Napa this last week made me realize I never posted photos from the last time I took Spring photos in Napa a few years prior.  Now seems as good a time as any to share photos from Chateau Montelena, the winery famous for putting Napa wines on the map in the 70’s when good wine was only known to come from France and Italy.

The grounds here are the most spectacular I have visited in Napa.  The asian-inspired garden is magnificent and truly doesn’t even need the wine to make it enjoyable. The grounds are a perfect place for a blanket and a picnic.  The garden theme doesn’t exactly match the facade of the building though.  However, as separate and distinct items they are both noteworthy and stunning.

Have you ever been to Napa?  Who do you think has the most beautiful winery?  I feel like I could go back every spring foe ten years and not even come close to capturing all of the beautiful wineries.  But, I will sure try.

To check out my other Spring Napa photos please click here. 

Springtime in Napa – V. Sattui Winery

A recent trip to Napa made me realize Diana and I did the same thing a few years ago and I never shared the photos.  Here are a few we took from our prior Spring Photo fling in the beautiful Napa, California.

These were taken at V. Sattui, a  popular stop for anyone who regularly visits the Napa region.  Folks can stop here for tasting, to enjoy the gardens, and for a great picnic spot.

We randomly ran in to a really friendly Georgian Monk Wine Maker visiting Napa to learn more about wine making.  He was interested in our cameras and wanted a photo.  How could I argue?

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Springtime in Napa – Hall Winery

Hall Winery Napa – When art and architecture overshadow the wine.


On our way to Castello di Amorosa we couldn’t help but notice the giant shining bunny at Hall winery.  We.Could.Not.Pass.Up.The.Bunny.  What we didn’t expect was a dozen other magnificent pieces of art set in a uber comfortable setting meant for guests to savor the wine, the weather, and the scenery.  If only we had more time to stop at the hundreds of wineries in the area…

What’s your favorite part of Napa?  Favorite wine or winery?

For more of my Napa drive please click here…


Springtime in Napa – Stirling Vineyards

Flowers and Trees were growing and blooming everywhere we went in Napa last week.  The colors were amazing.  It seems like every direction we looked there was something beautiful to photograph.  We drove by Stirling Vineyards which is the vineyard with a tram/gondola that takes you to its hilltop tasting room with dramatic vistas.  It wasn’t the tram we were interested in this time.  We were taken by its tree lined driveway and overgrown but blooming fields.  It’s times like this I wonder why I don’t live in Napa…

Do you have a favorite Napa winery to visit?

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 Jennifer’s Unmellow Yellow challenge!

Springtime in Napa – Castello di Amorosa

My friend Diana and I took a nice little drive last week through Napa.  She had always wanted to stop in at Castello di Amorosa and springtime seemed like the time to go!  Napa is stunning this time of year and it wasn’t too hard to convince me to take the day off for a visit.

The main 13th century inspired castle/winery was built in 1993 on 30 acres of rolling hills with 8,000 tons of stone creating 107 rooms and 136,000 square feet.  (Must larger than I was expecting.)  The castle comes equip with a “moat”, a drawbridge, dungeon, torture chamber, and consecrated chapel.  Visitor’s can pay way too much money for a tour or just visit the grounds/gardens and buy/taste the wine for free.  This winery is a lovely spot to stop for a picnic along the wine trail to enjoy a stunning view and soak in some sunshine.

Don’t forget to check out the teeth on that sheep.

For more on my visits to Napa please click here.

Yankee Jims Road

We went for a little drive last weekend to check out a nearby area we hadn’t explored before.  Between Foresthill, California and Colfax, California is a small un-maintained Placer County Road called Yankee Jims Road.  (Turns out Yankee Jim was a hellraiser, bandit, gold minor, horse thief, and all around bandit.  Why not name a town and road after him?)

Expecting to just see a road I had never driven on before I was pleasantly surprised with multiple flowing waterfalls, a pretty fun 4×4 trail, and a ton of lovely wildflowers.

I continue to be surprised by things in my own Northern California backyard.

When was the last time you explored a road you had never driven on just because?


Foresthill Vista



NEWSFLASH: Water is still flowing in California!


This little beauty is literally just off of the side of the road


This is a shot from my backyard.  Just kidding.  I wish it was my back yard.


California Poppies and Lupines showing off


Cee has challenged us to post photos from a dirt road!  Check out more here!