On Georgia's suggestion we booked into the Silverado Resort .https://www.silveradoresort.com/ She suggested it since it is close to Napa and has two golf courses. One is used each year for the PGA Safeway Open event.
|While we were not aware of this when we booked, the property was damaged in last year's fires. we were told that ever since, reservations have been down|
|At first I thought these turkeys on the grounds were public art, until they started to move!|
|I think this local resident was a bit embarrassed when she say me start to take a photo of her walking the dog....in a golf cart|
|This was the Duty Free price!|
|We were delighted to discover Quixote Winery designed by Hundertwasser|
If you haven't been to Napa, it can be a wonderful experience. While it's fabulous in the summer, I can also recommend an off-season January or February trip, since it's not so busy and you can take your time in the wineries.
We discovered to our delight that we arrived just as they were celebrating the equivalent of a 'dine-out Vancouver' festival, which allowed us to enjoy some very good 3-course dinners for $46 and an exceptional 2-course lunch at the Michelin Star Auberge du Soleil https://aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com/dining/ for....are you ready? $20!
While we were subsequently told that it was impossible for mere mortals to get a reservation for this experience, Georgia figured out how to do it!
For what it's worth..."The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil offers a fine dining experience from one of the best vantage points in the valley. With 11 consecutive Michelin Stars, Executive Chef Robert Curry’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine reflects the natural diversity and rich seasonal produce available in the Napa Valley. Ingredients are sourced largely from local and regional purveyors and featured on inspiring menus complemented by one of most extensive wine cellars in the valley, boasting more than 15,000 bottles of domestic and international wines hand-selected by our Director of Wine."
|One of the many public art installations in Yountville|
|We didn't eat in the 3-star Michelin restaurant French Laundry which has its own farm across the street and a kitchen in a converted container|
|When I asked whether this brochure was in Japanese or Chinese, I was told it was Mongolian. Mongolian? I asked. Is the owner Mongolian? No she said, but we get a lot of people from China. Oh, I said. I think you mean Mandarin. Yes she said!|
|We are in California, after all!|
|It's not as old as it looks!|
|What's a castle without a moat?|
|This is a must see destination.|
One of the reasons I was happy to do this trip and experience resort living was to prepare for a design workshop at Furry Creek the following weekend. That is now over, and I'll report on it in due course. But the fact is, many of the lifestyle experiences that made California so famous will soon be available in British Columbia. And if climate change happens the way many predict, our wines will also beat the French wines in blind tastings in years to come.