Picasso is staying with us again as his parents went on vacation, and the buddies are ready for another adventure- this time they have their minds set on a more grown-up trip- so off we went to Napa Valley, Calistoga to be exact, "Sideways"-style.
The deal is Jacques got a last-minute offer from work to spend a free night at Calistoga Ranch, one of the Top 50 Resorts in the country. Seeing that their rooms average a whopping $1000/night, plus the fact that it's less than a two-hour drive from us, we can't help but drop everything and take the boys there to have a taste of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
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Left: Right: Golf cart ride to our private lodge (Bryson: Please don't hold me like a baby in public)
Right: Quiet lake on the property (that's the restaurant house near the center and our lodge is one of the houses on the left)
Left: Chilling on our private patio, if it were not 90+ degrees that day, we would try out the cool indoor-outdoor fireplace
Right: Check out this bed! It's soooooo comfy... maybe you guys could try the dog beds
No trip to the wine country is complete without visits to a couple of wineries. Here we are at Clos Pegase. Bryson's verdict: Yuck! Look at all the grapes behind me, don't people know they're toxic to dogs?! (Our verdict: their pinot noir is quite nice)
Are we back in Europe? No, it's Castello di Amarosa, another new and gimmicky winery that seems to be popping up everywhere around Napa Valley. While I'm sure it draws in tons of curious tourists (we can't deny we were drawn in to take a peek as well), these places are really turning Napa into a DisneyWorld of sorts. I guess there's a reason why native Napa Valley residents hate outsiders so much...