Honeymoon Recap, Part 2

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Our honeymoon continues to be totally fantastic!!  The chilly weather has departed, and we’ve got tons of sunshine.

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I started my day with a 4.5 mile run along the Napa River.  Its the longest run I’ve done in about a week and a half, and it felt SO good to sweat out some of the booze.  Honestly, I know I can’t possibly be burning off all the calories I am consuming/drinking (and it’s starting to show), but some exercise is better than no exercise on vacay!

 

We settled down for the complimentary breakfast, which is pretty good.  I’ve been loading up on breakfast to minimize drunkenness at the tastings.  I’ve been munching on fruit + granola….

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Eggs and potatoes (on a 6 inch plate)….

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And mini croissants (ditto re: the plate)!

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We got in Victor the Mercedes Benz and just drove around the Valley, hitting up wineries that peaked our interest.

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First stop:  Stag’s Leap, where we discovered you can split a tasting between two people. Thus — we started to save money and sobriety!

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Then, we went to Mumm Napa, which is a sparkling wine vineyard (sparkling wine = champagne).

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Mumm Napa was my favorite winery so far! I love champagne, and Mumm Napa has a free 45-minute tour during which you get to see the production area.  I learned a lot!

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We ate deli sandwiches and sat on the Mumm Napa patio, soaking in the lovely view.

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Napa = Heaven.

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We split a tasting of champagne, including some sparkling reds!

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We ended up buying one of the sparkling whites. We’ve bought about five bottles so far. šŸ™‚

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By this point, I was pretty drunk, so Husband got the keys to Victor. :)  Gotta be safe!
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We drove around the valley and walked into several wineries to just look around (but we didn’t do tastings)….

 

We stopped at Beringer Vineyards.

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Beringer has been in continuous production longer than any other vineyard in Napa (since the 1890s, even during Prohibition — they made dried grapes).  There’s a 100+ year-old estate home on site.

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Then we drove to Opus One and Robert Mondavi.  Opus One was closed, but the Mondavi vineyard was aesthetically amazing!

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Our last vineyard of the day (and of the honeymoon) was Swanson.  We definitely saved the best for last!  Their tastings are done in a lovely hot pink French-style salon.

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The Swanson wines were a-ma-zing and the tasting includes cheese, crackers, and chocolate bonbons.

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Swanson had a really funky vibe and awesome decor.  I highly recommend it.

 

Dinner was at the newest restaurant in Yountville, a place called Bottega.

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Bottega is the newest restaurant from Chef Michael Chiarello (yes, of the Food Network).  I even saw him instructing lower chefs in the open kitchen! It was awesome!

 

We started off with yummy French bread.  It was served directly on the tablecloth.

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And my entree was Cornish Chicken and stuffing.  It was a very large portion for a reasonable price — especially considering it was a famous Chef’s newest restaurant!  And it was good!

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We decided to split a side of red potatoes…

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We made sure to save room for dessert….

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The Chocolate-Almond Molten Chocolate cake with hazelnut creme anglaise and caramelized hazelnuts was TO DIE FOR!

 

Time for me to hit the hay! We have another exciting and full day planned for Day 4 of the honeymoon…. see you soon!

 

What’s the best place you’ve ever been to for food?  I think Napa is FOODIE HEAVEN!!!

{ 64 comments }

 

  • *Andrea* January 7, 2009, 11:14 pm

    yayy for part 2!! lovely pics – the wine and food and pretty scenery are all so perfect for a honeymoon šŸ™‚ i am impressed that you are managing to fit in long runs – that’s great! i’m also glad you’re trying so many new things, you definitely are making great memories šŸ™‚

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) January 7, 2009, 11:25 pm

    Glad you’re having such an amazing and fun time! Can’t wait for more recaps!

  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) January 8, 2009, 3:08 am

    hey Caitlin!!!!! such good eats and drinks–ENJOY!!! it sounds like you are doing a good job living life on a honeymoon and not worrying too much about calories. way to go girl! once again, PRIME inspiration material!! that molten cake with beans on top looks wayyyyy cool hun!

    and foody heaven=barcelona, spain!!

  • chasedaylight January 8, 2009, 4:16 am

    Caitlin, your honeymoon (and wedding!!) all look so amazing! Keep enjoying yourself! Can’t wait to read more šŸ˜€

  • Erica January 8, 2009, 4:56 am

    Thank you for posting again šŸ™‚ You guys are so adorable! These wineries look incredible (I wish I liked wine sometimes ;)). Glad you saved room for the molten cakes….looks amazing! Have safe travels home!

  • Emily January 8, 2009, 4:57 am

    looks like your having a great time! My roommate is leaving for Napa next week! im soo jealous!

  • Laura January 8, 2009, 5:07 am

    Your pictures are amazing! I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself!

  • Lara January 8, 2009, 5:07 am

    Beautiful!! That dessert looks especially amazing!! So glad you’re still posting šŸ™‚ You both look so happy.

  • Alexia January 8, 2009, 6:13 am

    Looks like you guys are having a wonderful time. I love all the fun facts about the Vineyards.

    Victor is HOT!!! šŸ™‚

  • Meghann January 8, 2009, 6:18 am

    You’re making me want to go to Napa! Is one of the 5 bottle of wine you purchased for me? *fingers crossed* If not I will happily help you drink any that you bring back. šŸ˜‰

    Where are you guys headed next? San Fran?

    I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere I would consider Foodie Heaven, even when I went to Italy the food was only so-so..maybe I need to hit up Napa soon, I have heard Austin had a great food scene as well šŸ˜‰

  • Erin January 8, 2009, 6:25 am

    San Francisco was foodie heaven for me! I hope you enjoy it!

  • ashley (sweetandnatural) January 8, 2009, 6:26 am

    Love the honeymoon recaps! Glad you’re having an amazing time. And very impressive you fit in a run! I actually think where I live is the best place I’ve been for food – NYC! You can pretty much get ANYTHING you want here and there are so many amazing hole-in-the-wall places to discover.

  • Bridget January 8, 2009, 6:44 am

    Wow everything looks incredible…ESP that dessert!!!! You’re totally making me re-think Greece/Italy for my honeymoon…I’ve wanted to go to Napa and San Fran for a long time!!

  • girlrunningaround January 8, 2009, 6:54 am

    Wow! Looks like another amazing day in CA. Enjoy every minute of it!

  • jenngirl January 8, 2009, 6:56 am

    Love part 2! Y’all are going to be enjoying the wines you buy on this trip for the rest of your marriage, what an awesome honeymoon! šŸ™‚

  • Colleen January 8, 2009, 7:08 am

    Caitlin…I know you aren’t *worried* about the weight you may or may not have gained while on your honeymoon (alcohol makes you retain water, so it’s probably not weight gain anyway), but my heart went out to you and I just wanted to say don’t stress about it (even deep down). I totally overindulged during Christmas and afterwards too. I went to New Orleans and ate the yummiest food, and had a hard time NOT indulging myself, but deep down I felt kinda bad about it, even though I have a pretty good self-image. Of course when I came home I felt bloated and yuck but I got back into my routine and all my pants now fit comfortably. I just wanted to say that, because you do have such a positive outlook and I didn’t want to you get down on yourself – even in private. You’re an inspiration to so many! I really, really hope this came out the right way…I just didn’t want you to be stressed in any way. šŸ™‚ *hugs to you*

  • Rose January 8, 2009, 7:09 am

    Your honeymoon looks fantastic! Love the matching shades between you and the hub šŸ™‚

  • VeggieGirl January 8, 2009, 7:09 am

    INCREDIBLE x10000000!!!!

    **Favorite food destination = NYC.

  • Quinn January 8, 2009, 7:10 am

    Your honeymoon looks freaking awesome! And so nice that you’re getting so many of these vineyards all to yourself! Keep enjoying it – I’m sure it won’t be hard!

  • Marissa January 8, 2009, 7:15 am

    Yay wine!

    I really like your sunglasses!

  • Katie January 8, 2009, 7:32 am

    Beautiful pictures! It’s so cool to see inside the places that produce some of my favorite wines (Beringer, Mondavi). That molten cake looks AMAZING. Napa DOES sound like foodie heaven! I usually plan my vacations around food (ha) and have been to some pretty amazing ones… I don’t know why, but Portsmouth, NH is coming to mind right now!

    HAPPY HONEYMOON!

  • haya January 8, 2009, 7:35 am

    sounds like a wonderful trip! i was in the SF area last winter and we did a day of hitting up a bunch of the wineries in Napa (i can’t remember them all but we definitely made it to v. sattui and mondavi in addition to others)
    i split tastings everywhere we went because that’s all i could handle!

  • K January 8, 2009, 7:42 am

    LOVE the pics and recap!! Good food + good wine = FANTASTIC choice of honeymoon šŸ™‚

    Best place for food: Italy – even their “fast” food (street food) is delish!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 8, 2009, 7:46 am

    Wow – that molten cake looks so delicious! So glad the sun came out for you guys, and a run along the Napa River sounds like a perfect way to start the day!

    My most amazing food…hmmm, so many to choose from. The first that comes to mind was a pesto pizza I had last year in Italy. I think we were in Cinque Terre – AMAZING!

  • Meg January 8, 2009, 7:52 am

    Thank you for sharing your honeymoon with us! Looks like you are Heaven! Lots of yummy food. The most amazing food I have eaten is at Roy’s in Maui and Steel here in Dallas!

  • Anonymous January 8, 2009, 8:03 am

    Hey Caitlin! Congrats and I am so glad you are enjoying your visit to Napa. If you get a chance do check out the Bounty Hunter in downtown Napa- they have the best beer can chicken! Also the Oxbow Farmers Market is a great place for lunch. Both are good for when you need a break from the vino šŸ™‚ I love Napa as well and visit atleast 4 times a year! So beautiful! Enjoy šŸ™‚ ally

  • Lacey Nicole January 8, 2009, 8:08 am

    i’m going to have to go with NYC, but that was b/c we took advantage of vegetarian/vegan restaurants and never had before. i LOVE NAPA!!!!!!! i love seeing all the wineries, it’s like we get the tour, too. and i would kill for some of that champagne and sunshine! šŸ™‚ why oh why do i live in new england,… heh. HAPPY HONEYMOON! šŸ™‚

  • meghanN January 8, 2009, 8:09 am

    Wow I am loving these updates! I am so glad you two newlyweds are having such a marvelous time!! How is the hotel that you’re staying at?! That dessert looks divine, with those toasted hazelnuts- yum šŸ™‚

  • Jasmine January 8, 2009, 8:17 am

    wow, your pictures are incredible! looks like such a wonderful place to honey moon. don’t think I’ve said this, but I’m sure you heard it enough….congrats!

  • Carolyn January 8, 2009, 8:21 am

    Well being a local, I have to say San Francisco…

    So glad you are enjoying Napa and that the sun came out!

  • Anne P January 8, 2009, 8:37 am

    yayyy love the pictures! gorgeous! keep enjoying it šŸ™‚

  • HangryPants January 8, 2009, 8:47 am

    Everything looks beautiful again. Was the pink petal supposed to be a heart? Too cute.

    Glad you and hubby are having fun and good for you for getting some exercise in. You are one of the best bloggers for a healthy attitude toward indulging and exercise balance, so keep it up on the honeymoon. I know a few extra calories from honeymoon wine won’t bring you down!

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) January 8, 2009, 8:48 am

    I love Michael Chiarello! I wish food network would air his shows more because he’s amazing. The food looks awesome!

  • Anonymous January 8, 2009, 8:49 am

    For some reason, in the picture of the two of you together, you just look like a married couple now šŸ™‚

    There is a calm and closeness that I think one only feels after a marriage (and it shows in you)! Congrats!!

  • skinnyrunner January 8, 2009, 8:53 am

    congrats, you look like you’re having so much fun! i honestly think that the honeymoon will be the best vacation you ever go on, just because of the way you feel and you’re so in love… just my opinion.
    foodie heaven for me: my kitchen. haha, yeah right. thats comparable to mcdonalds. italy has some amazing food, go figure, but i think some amazingly fresh sushi gets pretty high marks for me.
    enjoy your ‘moon!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) January 8, 2009, 9:12 am

    collen – thank you!!! that means a lot to me. of course, i am not feeling “guilty”, but i do wish honeymoon calories didn’t count!! LOL. your comment meant a lot and i really appreciate it.

    marissa- WAL-MART!! HAHA I left my regular sunglasses at home on accident. šŸ™‚

  • Colleen January 8, 2009, 9:42 am

    Whew! So glad my comment didn’t come out the wrong way. Enjoy everything, your honeymoon looks wonderful! And anonymous is right – you do look so calm and at peace with one another. I’ve been married 3 and a half years and I can tell you that my husband and I still feel giddy about being husband and wife and often say “Isn’t it weird that we’re married?” and then we giggle like silly little kids. You two have that glow, being so in love and happy!

    And to continue my tangent…I remember when I went on my honeymoon I slept like a rock for the first few days. I didn’t even feel like I stressed the wedding too much, but apparently my body felt relief! Best sleep ever!

  • fitforfree January 8, 2009, 9:53 am

    Your pictures are wonderful!

    Hmm…favorite foodie place … Paris for the quality (although I couldn’t afford fancy restaurants when I went there); India for the affordability and variety of wonderful veggies.

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina January 8, 2009, 9:56 am

    aw man sounds AMAZING! i am so sad opus one was closed- they have the most AMAZING wine! have a safe trip home mrs. FH!

  • Danielle January 8, 2009, 10:11 am

    It looks like you are having so much fun on your honeymoon! Congrats again and can’t wait to see more recaps. Enjoy the rest of it!!!!!

  • Beth January 8, 2009, 10:13 am

    I have to say San Francisco, as well. Since moving here I cannot believe the abundance of awesome produce, organic/local foods and awesome restaurants.

  • Stacey January 8, 2009, 10:31 am

    omg, i am so jealous!!! all of the food looks amazing, and you guys are so cute together! enjoy your honeymoon!!

  • Kath January 8, 2009, 10:42 am

    I concur!

    Best food location ever: Napa!!

    I am living through you this week!!! I think we ate at Bodega…

    And we went to a few of those wineries. Sorry to hear Opus was closed – it was the best glass of wine I’ve ever had!

  • Justine January 8, 2009, 11:44 am

    I really need to go to some wineries! It looks like so much fun and all your food looks delicious!
    So glad you guys are enjoying your trip! You deserve it after all the hard work you did on the wedding!

  • nibblesandwiggles January 8, 2009, 12:27 pm

    San Francisco because of the abundance of vegetarian restaurants. My favorite was Millenium Restaurant.

  • healthy ashley January 8, 2009, 12:29 pm

    I’m so glad you are having such a wonderful time! I love the Mercedes šŸ™‚ Have fun and thanks so much for sharing everything with us!

  • Oh She Glows January 8, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Wow everything looks SO beautiful!!!

    The best food place I have been to is Sorrento, Italy. Best. homemade. pizza. ever!

    Angela
    http://www.ohsheglows.com

  • Natalie Rae January 8, 2009, 1:37 pm

    I am really happy that you are having so much fun on your honeymoon. As a daily reader of your blog, I feel like I know you a little bit and it is great to see your adventures! You make me want to go to Napa- I am novice wine lover and foodie šŸ™‚

  • tamilee January 8, 2009, 1:51 pm

    Try to hit V. Sattui. They have a beautiful winery and their wines are really good.

  • Janet January 8, 2009, 2:14 pm

    Ooh you are making me want to go up to Napa right now! I live in SF (foodie haven!) so there is no excuse for me to not get up there more often!

    Any chance you want to do an SF reader get-together? I know you’re on your honeymoon, so probably not! šŸ˜‰

  • Kaye January 8, 2009, 2:38 pm

    Congrats on getting married, and it's awesome that you're enjoying your honeymoon! Surely it only gets better from here on out!
    I'm supersupersuper jealous of Napa food&wine!!! I LIVE in california and have not been to Napa yet!
    So shameful!
    Hope you still have way more fun!

    K

  • emily January 8, 2009, 2:57 pm

    so glad you are having a good time on your honeymoon – it looks devine (and delish!)!

  • Rachel January 8, 2009, 3:16 pm

    I’m so glad you are having a good time! Champagne is my favorite, too.

    The best meal I have ever eaten was at Bolo, Bobby Flay’s spanish restaurant in NYC. It was to die for. (And I just found out it closed! SO SAD!)

  • Kimberlin January 8, 2009, 4:22 pm

    You are having too much fun. Looks amazing – have fun! – Kim

  • eatingbender January 8, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Wow, you are making me want to go to Napa more and more with every picture I see! All of the wine drinking looks like such a great time, and you two look so blissfully happy – yay! :o)

  • Caitlin January 8, 2009, 6:38 pm

    janet – awww i would love to do a get-together, if it was a “leisure” trip, but i think husband would be pretty jealous if i took off on a blogging adventure. definitely the next time i’m out on the west coast!

  • Victoria January 8, 2009, 6:55 pm

    This all looks so amazing!!

  • Nikole January 8, 2009, 7:59 pm

    Thanks for all the gorgeous pictures of Napa. I am looking forward to hearing about SF. My fiance and I are trying to decide where we want to do our honeymoon and I am leaning for either Napa/SF or Sonoma. I love wine!

  • lizzie January 8, 2009, 8:02 pm

    sparkling reds are my new fav!

  • Bridget January 8, 2009, 8:06 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Have fun! I think San Francisco is the best place I’ve been for food.

  • Cat Cat January 8, 2009, 8:21 pm

    Congratulations! The wedding and honeymoon pics look great! Your dessert looks so good too. So I will share my favorite dessert place. . I was in Panama at Gamboa Rainforest resort. My favorite sweets are anything lemon and the Resorts restaurant had a triple lemon dessert of a little lemon berry tart, lemon sorbet and these crunchy lemon carmel kind of wafers… oh my so good!

  • blueberryhil January 8, 2009, 9:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your lovely pictures! I love Napa, and I’m so glad you’re having such a good time.

  • Sammie January 9, 2009, 6:28 am

    Thank you so much for the Honeymoon Recaps – you are such a devoted blogger. The places you are visiting are breathtaking. You 2 look so wonderful together. I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  • Allie January 9, 2009, 10:31 am

    I am glad you are having such a wonderful time on your honeymoon! Congrats!

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