What better way to spend your winter then taking a breathtaking coastal drive up North to the famous Napa Valley, for a week of relaxation, fantastic food, unique Spa’s and world renowned wine. Sigh…Now that is Divine Living.
This weekend my darling husband and I, jumped in the car and decided to have ourselves a Divine Living Road Trip. Our trip begins where any good road trip begins, fitting our luggage in a creative way into the car, which by the time I am done packing always seems a bit smaller then the time before. As we drive through the towering oak tree of Montecito, Ca we breath in and let out a sigh of relief as we relax and take in the beauty of what surrounds us. This blog contains the beautiful resorts we stayed at, delicious restaurants we ate at and the fun activities we did on our trip.
Moonstone Beach Bar $ Grill is located directly across from Moonstone Beach. You can enjoy the views from our outdoor patio or from inside the restaurant. Moonstone Beach is a gorgeous stretch of coastline in Cambria, Ca. Here you will view waves crashing on the surf and see numerous sea lions basking on the rocks. There are walking paths that run along the coastline that make it really nice for a walk or job through the pines and cypress tress. Stairs will lead you down from the paths to the beach.
Post Ranch Inn is Divine Living at its finest, in Big Sur, Ca. High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the Inn is a sanctuary for the soul. Ideal for romance, relaxation and rejuvenation, this Big Sur resort is the ultimate destination for a Divine Living escape. With natural architecture embracing the coast’s dramatic beauty, the 39 rooms glen rustic elegance, comfort and privacy with panoramic ocean or mountain view.
Embracing the dramatic beauty of the California coastline. The 39 guest rooms and private home blend rustic elegance with luxury and comfort, offering stunning ocean and mountain views.
Big Sur without the crowds. Summer can be a crush here, a paradise lost of RV traffic jams and overcrowded facilities. Yet in winter, nature reasserts itself. The Gray Whale migration is alive and thriving from December through April. your day then watching the Gray Whales migrate south with their babies, breaching and playing as they go. The elephant seals and monarch butterflies all arrive after travels that have taken them thousands of miles. California seas otters, once thought extinct and rediscovered only in a single Big Sur cove. Yes on some days punishing storms scream in from the pacific. Waves pound the coast like angry fists while torrents of rain howl up the canyons. But even during these times, a cozy lodge and a crackling fire are all it takes to render you speechless with the beauty that surrounds you.
High atop the cliffs, offering breathtaking views is Sierra Mar, wine rod Wine Spectator’s prestigious Grand Award. Offering an unconventional fine dining experience, Executive Chef John Cox presents inquisitive food creations featuring ingredients highlighted by a sense of place and culture. Selections from the award-winning wine cellar enhance the innovative, inspired cuisine. Reservations are recommended.
Post Ranch’s award-winning Big Sur spa takes relaxation to a new level. Enjoy their experts therapies by yourself or with your partner in the setting of your choose. You own guest room, the scenic spa treatment rooms or the couple’s spa suite.
A warm and inviting experience with all the personality of a Mediterranean hideaway. Chef Donna Scala incorporates sustainably-farmed local fruits and vegetables, and organic meats and fowl into traditional fresh italian dishes with signature creative flair. Freshly baked breads, local olive oil, beautiful salads, tasty appetizers and homemade pastas are inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley. Main courses offer an array of regionally sourced and highest quality creations of chicken, steaks, burgers and seafood. The features hundreds of Napa Valley and Italian wines as well as a host of signature cocktails.
Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch. The 50 room luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer guests and owners the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to fully experience the pristine setting.
Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch. The 50 room luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer guests owners the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow you to fully experience the pristine setting embracing the dramatic beauty of the California coastline. The 39 guest rooms and private home blend rustic elegance with luxury and comfort, offering stunning ocean and mountain views.
Within each serene sanctum we’ve brought nature to the forefront for an experience of refined yet rustic relaxation. Napa accommodations at Calistoga Ranch Resort and Spa feature 50 free-standing Guests Lodges reflect and embrace the pristine natural surroundings with expansive cedar decks, rich polished woods and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the tall pines beyond. Designed with comfort in mind, discover warm contemporary interiors, luxurious details and welcoming Napa resort amenities and perks. Each guest lodge features a fireplace, original artwork, down duvets, Italian linens and signature botanical bath products…not to mention the chance to shower under the stars in your secluded outdoor shower garden.
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True to Calistoga’s time-honored tradition as one of the nation’s historic spa towns, The Auberge Spa reinvents the classic curative “Taking of the waters” in a rejuvenating natural Napa spa sanctuary. Nestled away in a wooded canyon in Napa, discover soothing soaking pools overlooking a creek an moss-laden oaks, sample restorative organic Napa spa treatments in restful private rooms-and enter upon a journey to pure relaxation.
“When I was an apprentice traveling through France, I fell in love with the 3-star country restaurants–so fine but also so comfortable. More than a decade later, when I began looking for a space to open a restaurant, a friend suggested I see a property in Yountville, California, north of San Francisco in the Napa Valley. When I stepped under the creeping roses to behold the French Laundry I knew immediately that what I’d seen in France could happen here. And that’s how the French Laundry began, a uniquely American restaurant whose inspiration lies in the countryside of France.”
At French Laundry every day they create two unique nine-course tasting menus- chef’s tasting and a tasting of vegetables- each a series of smaller, focused dishes. No single ingredient is ever repeated throughout the meal. What they want you to experience is that sense of surprise when you taste something so new, so exciting, so comforting, so delicious, you think, “Wow”-and then it’s gone. They want the peak of sensation on the palate to be all that you feel. So they serve a series of small courses meant to excited your mind, satisfy your appetite and pique your curiosity- They want you to say, “I wish I had just one more bite of that.” And then the next plate arrives and the same thing happens, but in a different way, a whole new flavor, feel and emotion.
Oxbox Public Market, located in the Oxbow Distract of Napa, has become the local gathering place for great food and wine in downtown Napa and throughout the Napa Valley. The 40,000 square foot marketplace, which includes a scenic outdoor deck with seating along the Napa River, features a diverse tenant mixture of local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. Oxbow Public Market and its artisans and purveyors passionately support the concepts of sustainable agriculture and local harvest–promoting a healthy environment, and social and economies equity within our community. The Market is open seven days a week.
Chef Masaharu Morimoto–known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America–has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his sea mess integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. He has effectively created a signature cuisine that has gained worldwide appeal and positioned him as one of the foremost chefs today. Chef Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show, Iron Chef and also appears on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Also in 2007 he released his first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, was published and won the IACP award in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and “First Book: The Julia Child Award.” It was also nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award.
The idea of Ad Hoc is simple- 5 days a week we’d offer a 4 course family style menu that changed each day, accompanied by a small, accessible wine list in a casual setting reminiscent of home. They wanted a place to dine for their community and themselves. They serve dinner 5 nights a week as well as Sunday brunch.