The Perfect Babymoon

LAST UPDATED: Apr 07, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 06, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner

Most wouldn’t think of wine country for a baby moon, but after spending 5 days there last week, I have to say, it was simply perfection! You may recall that we visited Napa and Sonoma less than two years ago, which is partially why I chose it. Chris really didn’t want to leave the country and as a fair complected redhead, sit on a beach. Knowing it was our last getaway without children for a while, I wanted to go somewhere that we wouldn’t take the kids. Another must? Romantic. Wine country is nothing but! Picturesque views, lush accommodations, a plethora of spas and great dining make it the perfect destination.

We started our trip with a couple of stops in Santa Rosa on our way to the charming city of Calistoga where we were staying. Our cottage at Cottage Grove exceeded our expectations. I was hoping for cute and quaint, but we got so much more! The photos just don’t do it justice. We were greeted with fresh fruit, an array of cheeses, crackers and wine {and water} upon our arrival in our cottage. On the front porch and at our fireplace was everything we needed to start a fire. A perfect beginning to a relaxing baby moon.

We enjoyed reading magazines fireside in our oversized chairs before breakfast, which included quiche and made to order smoothies. An in room couples massage was a relaxing way to detox from travel and kids, followed by an aromatherapy salt bath. Truly romantic!
One of my favorite things to do in wine country is picnic, so we headed to the ever inspiring Oakville Grocery for a to go picnic lunch. A few iPhone pics…I can’t resist sharing because I adore their styling so much. Not to mention, the sandwiches and selection are incredible!
beautiful woodwork
darling displays
great styling and who can resist the cream beadboard?
their recent remodel exposes an old well
I’ll be incorporating some ideas in our kitchen organization!
We took our picnic to Rutherford Hill. Did I mention our cottage provided a list of places to picnic in addition to a picnic backpack? Love that place. Anyways, we chose it because it because they stated they had the best views in Napa. Well, those $35 views {yes, they charged $35 to picnic, while most are complimentary with a purchase of a bottle of wine} were hindered by a fence. We enjoyed it nonetheless, but learned a very valuable lesson. If you do visit Rutherford Hill, opt for the free olive orchard picnic area that they fail to mention.
If you still need reasons to visit or baby moon in Napa and Sonoma, there’s always shopping! Plenty of non-wine tasting to do as well! It’s a culinary lovers delight.
I try my best to refrain from purchasing too much while vacationing, because I don’t like to travel with it, however, who could resist these purchases? The pot was purchased from ever inspiring Acres, at just $6.95, it was worth taking home. I love distressed pots, but have had a difficult time finding them with a saucer in Kansas City. It will soon be home to the miniature olive tree that is being shipped to me.
The olive tree wood coasters were purchased from Napa Valley Vintage Home, where I’m still debating about this side table.
There’s so much more to share, but I’ll save that for another day.

mini loaves of bread gift wrapped