Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a long, breezy summer. It's the ultimate holiday weekend for a getaway and, with so many options near SF (biking through Napa, road tripping to LA, lounging at Golden Gate Park), you'll need an outfit that can handle it all.
For a double-duty outfit, layer a wispy, sheer top and comfy black shorts over an architectural bikini. Pair that with chunky sunglasses, a woven fedora, and wedge espadrilles for the perfect, carefree-chic summer look. For an quick night switch, pack your favorite black mini and a clutch and take this outfit on the town.
Sometimes it seems like the only thing missing from a weekend getaway in Napa is killer live music to spice up the nights. That's why we love Live In The Vineyard, a bi-annual two-night music fest this April 9-10 that's sporting some of the biggest music acts on tour right now, like the perenially-cool Lenny Kravitz, Colbie Caillat, Hanson (be still our beating grade school hearts!) Parachute, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more, each performing at Napa's historic Uptown Theatre.
Wanna go? We've got a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky soul, and all you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday, April 4th.
When hunger strikes during a wine tasting jaunt to Napa, the area's delis are often your most low-maintenance option. Here are our picks for the best delis in the valley to grab a satisfying bite to stay or to go.
I grew up in and around San Francisco so when I moved up to Napa I thought I was giving up my beloved Bay Area nightlife. Turns out I was right… at first.
Things have changed because people like John Truchard, a long time grape grower turned winemaker and entrepreneur, asked: “Why should tasting and buying wine be restricted to the daylight hours?” He answered by opening the sleek and stylish, refined but hip John Anthony Tasting Room, which stays open until 2am every night.
Fashionistas rejoice! The ultimate summer indulgence is here and it's happening this weekend in Napa Valley. On Sunday, 8/22, Ma(i)sonry will be hosting two designer collections in an eco-luxury trunk show, featuring handmade and ethically sourced jewelry by Kirsten Muenster and upcycled leather bags by reMade USA.
Try a different kind of liquid refreshment in Napa Valley: a year-round burbling stream flowing through a shaded redwood forest. Ritchey Creek is the centerpiece of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park just north of St. Helena. Miles of hiking trails can be found in the park, including a leisurely 4-mile loop that ambles alongside the creek, far from the traffic noise of Highway 29.
Walk among the easternmost coastal redwoods in the state, as well as maples, oaks, and madrones; the tall tree-cover cools things down when Napa Valley's summer heats up.
Must have been a slow news day up in Napa. Because when I saw this headline, I didn't know if I was reading the Onion or the Napa Valley Register. Might have just used the stock "Hometown Boy Makes Good," instead. I'm not complaining about the content of the headline--I have no horses in the Napa vs Bordeaux race--but more about the style of article.
We are just getting around to reading this article, written by Raymond Sokolov for the Wall Street Journal. As usual it's not new news for anyone who lives out here in the Bay Area (or, you know, reads the New York Times), but his glowing portrait of Los Gatos' Manresa and disciple Ubuntu, up in Napa, means we'll hardly be surprised when biodynamic gardens and haute vegetable temples start cropping up like wildflowers in the coming year.
While it's tempting to think that the closing of Copia, Napa's ambitious wine and cultural center, is a sign of the times, the fact is that the organization has been troubled since its inception. Robert Mondavi raised and donated much of the money for its construction, despite the fact that there was little indication of how Copia would sustain itself. It has had trouble drawing crowds and has never become that first stop on the Napa wine trail that its creators hoped it might be.