Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I've been busy compiling all of our photos from Tulum, and can't wait to write all about our travels there. However, before we head south of the border... I wanted to share a local gem first. Back in February, Tim & I went to Bardessono for a little birthday escape.

Bardessono is a luxury boutique hotel in Yountville, CA. Located right on Napa Valley’s most popular strip of tasting rooms & restaurants, it truly offers the best that wine country has to offer. We only went for a day trip, but were so intrigued by the unique architecture [a perfect marriage of rustic & modern] that we toured a guestroom as well. [SPOILER ALERT: We'll definitely be back for an overnight stay!] Each room has a beautiful bathtub, an area to offer in-room spa treatments, and a gorgeous private patio. A personal pet peeve? I hate having to share space when traveling. You cram in a car or the narrow seats of a plane to arrive at your destination. The last thing you want to do [or at least, the last thing that I want to do] is share even more space once you arrive at your destination. At Bardessono, the guestrooms are comfortable and private- you’d never have to leave! However, if you do… there’s so much surrounding the area that you don’t want to miss.

As a birthday gift to Tim, we got massages in the spa. We both really loved the experience and can’t wait to go back! Once we were nice and relaxed, we wandered over to their restaurant, Lucy. Lunch there was absolutely amazing! One cool thing about this property is that they have onsite gardens, which provide a lot of ingredients for the restaurant. [In fact, they’re the only LEED certified hotel in California- so sustainability is at the heart of all that they do.] We each made sure to order something that would include garden-fresh ingredients. I had the burger, of course, and Tim had the short rib sandwich. YOU GUYS. SO good. This is definitely our new lunch spot north of the Golden Gate Bridge. [TIP: For dessert, they created a special concoction that was a modern interpretation of “ants on a log.” Celery flavored ice cream, peanut butter cookies, and California raisins. Ask for this and let it change your life.]

After lunch, we wandered up to the rooftop pool, champagne in hand. We didn’t think to bring swimsuits, but it was a beautiful sunny day and we really enjoyed relaxing on the sun beds. Since there are only 62 guestrooms- I doubt you ever really have to worry about an overcrowded pool.

Basically, this spot really wedged its way into my list of Napa favorites. I just so appreciate spots that combine luxury with sustainability, offer serious comfort and privacy, AND have a great location to boot. You can walk or bike to all of the Napa hotspots and taste//drink all the delicious wine your heart desires. When you’re ready to head back to the city, you can stroll across the street to Bouchon and stock up on pastries for the drive back. I personally ate about 19 macarons. 

Here are a few of my favorite iPhone snaps from the day:

Thank you so much to Bardessono for having us. We can't wait to go back!

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