Flamingo dress: Chicwish, I love this flamingo print boatneck dress with sleeve details // Black heels: DSW, These are under $40 and come in 5 different colors. These are definitely shoes you can wear year round. // Black clutch: Mine's not available, but this Topshop clutch is almost identical. This one is under $30 and comes in 2 other colors // Bracelet: Sadly mine isn't available, but this silver one and this $8 bracelet are similar // Lipcolor: Estee Lauder in 'Tumultuous Pink'
I love planning trips, though I don't just sit around and plan them if it's not somewhere I'm for sure going. But once it's confirmed, I always have so much fun figuring out where to stay, what to do and of course where to eat. Whether you're planning a weekend trip or a week long trip, there are always lessons to be learned. Our trip to Napa was no different and there are a 5 things I wish I knew before going.
1. Fly into Oakland Airport.
Unless you are actually going into San Francisco to visit, Oakland airport is the better option. You won't have to deal with San Francisco traffic and you're already on the inland part where you'll start your drive to Napa Valley. It will probably save you an hour plus in driving and I would much rather spend that time drinking wine rather than sitting in traffic, wouldn't you?!
2. It will be colder than you think even in the summer.
Even though I lived in California, I totally forgot how different the weather is. The mornings are always cool, it warms up during the day and cools off again at night. There's usually a breeze because Napa Valley is close to the water and in Sonoma it's even cooler because it's not protected by the mountains. And just because 70 in Houston (when it ever gets to be that cool) does not equal 70 in California. So I would recommend bringing a jacket and if you're always cold like me maybe a long sleeve shirt or pants.
3. Make reservations...for everything!
No matter where you're going, whether it's a winery or a restaurant, whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, if you can make a reservation, make it. Especially during peak season, places fill up quickly and it's better to be safe than sorry, I always say.
4. Make a schedule of the wineries you want to visit.
I know not everyone likes to plan trips out, but I hight recommend at least getting a general idea of where to go for each day will be so helpful! We found that taking the time before we got there to plan out which wineries we were going to on what day and what time made it so much easier! I used the TripIt app to keep track of all our reservations and it was such a lifesaver! Seriously, though this is the best app for helping you plan your trips. We weren't driving back and forth and we weren't wondering whether a winery was open or doing tours that day. There are wineries that aren't open during the week so be sure to check the hours.
5. Stop at a grocery story and pick up some bottled water.
It must be because of the drought, but sometimes water could be a bit hard to come by. Or maybe people are just used to drinking wine to stay hydrated. But for me, I needed water especially when being out in the sun drinking wine all day. So Evan and I stopped at a grocery store and bought some cases of water and kept it in the car. That way we could grab one whenever we needed it and we didn't have to worry about buying one bottle at a time, which can be expensive.
If you've been to Napa Valley before, do you have any tips, tricks or things you wish you would have known before going? I'd love to hear them in the comments below.