Napa Valley, California Vacation

If you've been following me for a while, you may remember this post back in November. At that time, I won a HUGE Giveaway hosted by Gina from Skinnytaste on her giveaway blog, Skinny-Bits, for an all-expenses-paid trip to Napa Valley sponsored by Dole Salads.

To recap, this is what I won:
  • (2) round-trip coach tickets
  • Ground transfers to/from home/airport
  • One compact car rental 
  • A 3-day culinary adventure at The Culinary Institute of America of which includes a 4-hour hands on experience with Clinton Kelly (Host of What Not To Wear and the Chew)
  • 3 night luxury hotel accommodations at the four-star Solage Hotel & Spa
  • $1,000 in spending money
Trip Date:  June 21-24, 2013 

Well the weekend has finally come for our trip and we are SO ready for a getaway! We leave Friday evening and return very early Tuesday morning. I've been a little stressed about packing for this trip. For one thing, my wardrobe is obviously somewhat limited, and for another: What does one wear to meet the host of What Not to Wear?! I tweeted Clinton Kelly on Monday about my predicament and to my surprise, he tweeted me back!

I mean, we're practically best friends. All I'm waiting for now is him to ask me to make a guest appearance on The Chew next week. I'll keep you posted!

So Chris and I are off to Calistoga, California on Friday evening for a little mini-vacay. It's a bit of a bummer that I'll be spending 3 relaxing days in California wine country, unable to have any of the wine, but it's ok, I think the baby will be worth it in the end. I kid ;)

The hotel alone looks amaaaaazing. I think if we just spent three days here doing nothing else but laying by the pool and going to the hotel spa, I would be quite happy.

Have you ever won a vacation before? 

Follow me on instagram and twitter @LWoodsNY while we are away!


  1. Well, I don't have instagram or twitter so can I just follow you to Napa Valley? That sounds like way more fun anyway!

  2. WOW! What an awesome prize! Have so much fun!!

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  4. Be prepared for traffic in Sunday as NASCAR is town. It's supposed to be low to mud 80's so you'll be good and its gorgeous around here this time of year, so it'll be a blast! Need something else to do? Visit Castellated Do Amorisa. Yes it's a winery, BUT its also a real life castle and so cool!!!

  5. FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

    Enjoy! I can't wait to hear all about it.

  6. That's SO exciting! My brother is actually taking his girlfriend out to Napa next week and plans to propose while out there!

  7. Whoa! Have an absolutely wonderful time and tell Clinton I think he is amazing!

  8. This sounds SO amazing! Have a great time, and I can't wait to hear all about it! I loved the trip we won to St. Maarten a couple years ago.

  9. You lucky lady!!! Hope you guys have the BEST time!!!

  10. This is going to be awesome! I can't wait to hear about your trip!!


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