Sadly, I rarely take a vacation with my “IRL” (that’s “in real life” for you non-social media junkies) friends, aside from a steady stream of weddings. Thankfully, I have an enormous web of online travel pals to hit the road with “just because.” In the case of a recent girls weekend in Napa, I had met both girls off-line first before re-connecting with them on the web. Kristin (LEFT) and I worked together more than five years ago but barely knew each other. Then she found me on Twitter, and we met briefly during my first trip to Napa last year. Diana (MIDDLE) and I knew each other the first time I lived in Vegas, when I was a magazine editor and she a publicist. I was living as an expat in Costa Rica when I got a surprise email from her asking advice about taking time off to travel. Neither of us ever thought we’d move back to Vegas (what a transition!) — but here both of us are! Don’t let the champagne fool you — this was one of the most budget-friendly trips I’ve ever taken. Head to Virgin America for cheap flights, and all tastings are easy on the wallet. Girls trips for everyone!
If this post doesn’t convince people to grab a few friends and take off for the weekend, I don’t know what will! I’ve been working so much lately that getting outside and doing something different for the weekend was just the breath of fresh air I needed.
Nothing says “girls weekend in Napa” like…
Wine tastings… Here, our first round at the beautiful, girls weekend-friendly Domaine Chandon in Yountville.
Cheese… Like this case at Oxbow Market in downtown Napa.
When we needed a break from the wineries, we headed to St. Helena’s charming Gott’s Roadside, which changed its name from the landmark Taylor’s Refresher for some reason last year, for a dose of Americana.
Special thanks to Kristin and Diana for being amazing travel buddies — and dear friends. I know I always have you two when I need a quick getaway (Ojai was another recent favorite) to recharge! Anyone else want to join me for a girls weekend in Napa? I’m in!
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