Blogger Diary: A Beautiful Birthday Trip

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My birthday was last week and to celebrate, a few of my favorite people and I took off for San Francisco, one of my favorite places on Earth.  It was one of those magical trips where every moment is a highlight…we walked the city hills, picked up some books at City Lights, dug through used albums at Amoeba on Haight and caught Tame Impala at The Fillmore before making our way across the Golden Gate for the second part of our journey.  We stopped at Muir Woods, where the redwood trees completely took my breath away with their majestic beauty and sheer size, and then it was up to Calistoga, a small town on the northern end of Napa county.  We spent a day exploring vineyards and tasting wine at some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been before sadly packing up and making our way back to Philadelphia.  I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing trip…check out my photo diary below!

fishermans wharf

 city lights bookstore

 city lights bookstore

albums

I scored all of these for $8!

fishermans wharf

muir woods

muir woods

muir woods

muir woods

muir woods

chateau montelena

Chateau Montelena in Napa seems to emerge out of nowhere, blending into the hill with its ivy-covered facade.

chateau montelena

sterling vineyards

At Sterling Vineyards, you take a cable car up the mountain to the winery for a tour with some of the most incredible views in Napa.

sterling vineyards

sterling vineyards

vineyards

vineyards

pride

Our last stop was Pride, where we toured the wine caves by candle light.

pride napa

Photos by Julia.

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Comments

Sisilia -November 19, 2012, 11:55AM

Happy belated birthday! Sounds like a very magical trip indeed. I’d love to visit Muir Woods next time I drive up North. I love that vineyard and that tunnel! Would love to see that in person.

xo,
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Anna -November 19, 2012, 12:54PM

I’m originally from the hills right outside of Calistoga, but live in Chicago now. Its was such a nice treat to see you mention it here, especially since it is such a small little town. Thanks for reminding me of home!

tiffany -November 19, 2012, 1:10PM

Happy Blated bday

XOXO,

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Alyssa -November 19, 2012, 2:42PM

You saw Tame Impala??!
Damn gurl, you’re too cool. Canwebefriends?
Happy (belated) Birthday!

fp julia -November 19, 2012, 3:11PM

thanks guys! and Alyssa – they were SO good :)

Liz -November 20, 2012, 2:02PM

This seems like the most amazing birthday trip ever!! Chateau Montelena is beautiful!

Erika @Sausage Jar -November 23, 2012, 2:29AM

Pictures of the trees in the woods are amazing!

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