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Napa Valley with Shop the Mint

I recently got back from a week long trip in Napa Valley with Shop the Mint! This was my first time visiting Wine Country, but it definitely won’t be my last! It was a week full of photo shoots, hot air balloon rides, wine tasting, and laughter!

Napa Valley with Shop the Mint Emily Herren, Brenna Anastasia, Dani Austin, Maddie Duff, Savannah Rose - Chanfetti Blog

Floral Dress // Leopard Dress (S) // Maxi Dress // White Dress // Olive Dress

Napa Valley with Shop the Mint Brenna Anastasia, Hannah Godwin, Savannah Rose - Chanfetti Blog

Leopard Tank (S) // Brown Leather Skirt (S) // Black Over the Knee Boots // Loose Knit Sweater // Black Jeans Skinny // Leopard Booties // Striped Sweater // Black Leather Skirt // Camel Booties

Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

Leopard Dress (S) // Hat // Brown Purse

Napa Valley with Shop the Mint Brenna Anastasia, Dani Austin - Chanfetti Blog

Floral Dress (S) // Monogram Necklace // Burgundy Dress

Where We Stayed
Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
Bancroft Inn of Sonoma - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

We stay at the Bancroft Inn of Sonoma! The Inn was built in 1889 and has been preserved so well! The inside was incredibly clean (better than some 5-star hotels I’ve stayed in), and my bed felt like a cloud. The Bancroft is about 5 minutes away from Sonoma Plaza, which has cute shops and restaurants. It is about an hour/hour and a half away from both the Sacramento and San Francisco Airports, and a short drive to the local wineries around Napa and Sonoma.

Where We Ate
Layla Sonoma - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
Layla Sonoma - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
SIGH Champagne Bar Sonoma - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

For the most part, the majority of the places we ate were in Sonoma Plaza, which was a short drive from the Bancroft Inn.


Sonoma Grille – We had dinner here one of the nights of the trip. This is a steak and seafood spot. I would recommend the filet mignon and a glass of wine (of course).


Sunflower Caffe – This spot uses local, organic, fresh ingredients! I’d recommend going here for lunch because of the outdoor patio. I ordered the arugula salad.


Layla – I loved the aesthetic of this spot. Very sophisticated, farmhouse type of vibes. The presentation of the food is amazing and well thought out. It was definitely one of my favorite dining experiences.


El Dorado Kitchen – We had our last dinner here. I recommend ordering the NY Steak or the Petaluma Chicken Breast! If you’re a french fry person (like me), they have some amazing french fries. They also have super yummy signature cocktails.


SIGH. Champagne & Sparkling – The cutest champagne and sparkling wine bar! Highly recommend visiting if you’re a champagne lover.


Lou’s Fish Shack – This spot is actually in San Francisco, but I wanted to include it since we ate lunch here on the last day of the trip! I ordered the popcorn shrimp and fries. So good!

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

Shealeigh’s Sweater // My Sweater (S)

Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
Hot Air Balloon Ride Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

Leopard Sweater (S) // Striped Sweater // Taupe Leopard Sweater // Loose Knit Sweater // Multi Striped Sweater // Leopard Sweater

Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

On Wednesday we woke up early. Like really early. We had to be ready and out the door by 4 am to catch the sunrise hot air balloon ride. I’m actually terrified of heights and don’t think I processed what was happening until we were all in the basket and the balloon started lifting. But honestly, it was such an incredible experience and definitely wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be!

Wineries

Wine tasting was one of my favorite parts of the trip. On Thursday we took a party bus to three different wineries around Napa and Sonoma!

Domaine Carneros Napa Winery - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

Dress (S) // Over the Knee Boots // Belt // Letter Monogram Necklace

Domaine Carneros Napa Winery - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

Leopard Dress // Midi Dress // Cream Ruffled Dress (S)

Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
Domaine Carneros Napa Winery - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
Shop the Mint Brenna Anastasia, Shealeigh Mills - Chanfetti Blog

Cream Ruffled Dress (S) // Leopard Midi Dress

Domaine Carneros Napa Winery - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia


Winery #1: Domaine Carneros – This winery was my favorite! The gardens and French-inspired chateau feels like you’re stepping right into France.

Tamber Bey Vineyards Sundance Ranch - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

Black Dress (S) // Cardigan (S) // Sunnies // Booties // Leopard Headband

Tamber Bey Vineyards Sundance Ranch Napa - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia


Winery #2: Tamber Bey Vineyards Napa – The vibe here was definitely more laid back from the French chateau, but it was still absolutely gorgeous. It’s located at Sundance Ranch (a world-class equestrian facility). We were able to see the horses and have a tour to see how the wine is made and stored. Best of both worlds.

Castello di Amorosa Winery - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
Castello di Amorosa Winery - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia


Winery #3: Castello di Amorosa – This winery was our last stop of the day and was so gorgeous! It was built to resemble a medieval Tuscan castle, and definitely feels like you’re stepping back in time.

Day in San Francisco
San Francisco Napa Valley with Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
San Francisco Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
San Francisco Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia
San Francisco Shop the Mint - Chanfetti Blog by Brenna Anastasia

We spent the day in San Francisco on Friday before my flight Friday night. I have always wanted to visit SF. I got super excited when we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, because I had no idea we were going to even see it. I definitely want to plan another weekend trip to San Francisco.

Have you been to Napa or planning a trip? Hopefully this recap gives a little more insight about what to expect. Also, THANK YOU so much to my sweet friends at Shop the Mint for inviting me on this trip!

Brenna Anastasia

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