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Weekend in Wine Country

I love the blend of rustic and vibrant elements in this table setting:

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Friends of ours got married at an estate in St. Helena this weekend, and it was a lovely event — from start to very fun finish.

Jon and I decided to stay at Solage in Calistoga because I've been wanting to check it for a while now. I wouldn't say it was a disappointment, but I think there are other places I'd prefer to stay at in the area. (In Napa Valley, my favorite hotel/resort is The Carneros Inn.)

If you do find yourself in Calistoga during the weekend and it's brunch time, I highly recommend the cinnamon-sugar donut holes at the restaurant at Solage. Other food highlights from the weekend included lunches at Ad Hoc Addendum and Redd. For me, the biggest challenge of visiting the Napa Valley is there are waaay too many restaurants I want to experience, and just not enough room in my belly! (Next time, I'm going to Bottega, for sure.)