Ever since our first trip to Yountville, I have had my eyes on Bardessono Hotel. It manages to combine modern design elements into a beautiful rustic vineyard setting to create the ultimate in wine country luxury.
We first heard about the property after joining the wine club of Hill Family Estates. They partner with the Bardessono for their annual member parties (and use some of the grapes on the property to make their wine) and while the timing hasn't worked out for us to attend yet, it was an extra special treat to be greeted in the lobby with a glass of Hill Family wine from their current vintage.
Friends often ask me for recommendations for Wine Country. While I am more than happy to share (Michael's interactive Google map is a sight to behold) there really is no wrong way to 'do' Wine Country?
For many, taking a drive up Highway 29 through Napa is all they will ever need. Big name wineries abound in this gorgeous stretch from Napa into St. Helena (think Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Beaulieu Vineyards) sometimes referred to as adult Disneyland. Seeing the beautiful estates from your favorite wine label transform from illustrations in your grocery store aisle to sprawling chateaux in person never gets old.
I am super thankful to be spending the holiday with my husband in sunny California and thankful to our cousins for hosting their annual Thanksgiving week in such a gorgeous location!