When you think of Napa, California, what comes to mind? Wine of course. That’s a big draw for tourists in the area and there’s no shortage of excellent tour selections, should you wish to partake. We chose Platypus Tours and were thrilled with our guide. She was cheerful, knowledgable and a delight. The day included escort by air-conditioned van to four wineries and a vegetarian lunch el’ fresco. You’ll travel with four or five other couples and have a great time.
We chose Platypus Tours because they are also a big supporter of the local animal shelter and they post local adoptable pets on their vans, BRAVO!
But Napa has so much more to offer. The weather in May was especially warm this year. We left snow at home to arrive to temperatures in the high 90′s. The roses blooming in abundance, is enough of a reason to plan a spring visit. They’re simply stunning at every turn. I posted this rose filled video during our stay.
We chose to stay near downtown to afford us the opportunity to walk for dinners and shopping. The tree-lined streets are filled with gorgeous historical homes in all shapes and sizes. I couldn’t decide which one I loved more. Each home, with its detailed trims, corbels and beautiful gardens was better than the last.
Of course we hit the local antique mall. I saw a number of things that I would have loved to have in my craft room. Especially this old Medical Cabinet. I forget the exact price, somewhere around $300.00. Would you spend that? I totally would
Then YIKES, this guy freaked me out! These spooky little dolls are always bad news in the movies…”just keep moving Boomdee, don’t look up !”
You won’t want to miss a stop at ‘Sweetie Pies’. I hope you aren’t calorie counting, there are just too many temptations to resist. It’s a scrumptious little spot. Each table had a darling garden bouquet. Located in a vintage inspired market, it’s the perfect stop to relax and recharge.
I thought the colourful hanging chains made with cupcake liners were oh-so-cute.
I really liked that, the majority of the merchants downtown are still a ‘door-to-door-shopping’ experience. It affords you the opportunity to enjoy a day of window shopping and still be outside in the brilliant Napa sunshine. Along with all the irresistible gardens, historical homes, nostalgic shops and awesome restaurants, you’ll also be charmed by the friendliness of the locals. Like these guys I met along the way. Smile Napa! You’re on Boomdeeadda!
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