Redding and Napa, California

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What a crazy, busy last two days! We left our home in Longview, WA at 3 PM- just in time to get us stuck in the middle of rush hour traffic in Portland. 2 hours later we finally made it to the other side of Portland. Or original plan was to drive to Medford, OR (5-6 hours away) put we pushed on and arrived to Redding, CA around 1 in the morning. Our ghetto affordable hotel room was pretty hot so we didn’t fall asleep until closer to 3 AM and we were back at it bright and early.

Our hotel even had a pool! ;)

Our hotel even had a pool! 😉

There doesn’t seem to be too much to do in Redding, CA. We did find an awesome restaurant for breakfast, Deja Vu, where I tried eggs benedict for the first time 🙂 We checked out Sundial Bridge. It was a big sundial. On a bridge. It wasn’t terribly exciting but it was a nice walk.

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Sundial Bridge over the Sacramento River

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Sundial Bridge

 

Our plan at that point was to rush to San Francisco to make it in time for the Alcatraz night tour that I was suppose to have booked weeks ago. Oops. I really wanted to go to Napa, CA because of a quote I heard when I was 10 from The Parent Trap.

Hey, you're from California? 

Do you, like, live in Hollywood? Do you, like, live next door to a movie star? 

What are you two, Lucy and Ethel? 

I've never even been to Hollywood. 

I live in Napa. That's northern California. And I live next door to a vineyard. 

- A what-yard? - A vineyard. 

It's where you grow grapes to make wine. 

That's what we do. Me and my dad, we own a vineyard.
Vineyards in Napa, CA

Vineyards in Napa, CA

Hess Collection

Hess Collection

Napa was beautiful. We didn’t stop in the town but we had nice drive up Mount Veeder to visit Hess Collection winery for a tasting. Apparently on 0.4% of Napa valleys grapes for wine are grown on the mountain (really, a big hill). Because of the elevation it gets some of the cool air coming in from the bay so temperatures are cooler in the summer. In the cooler months it misses the frost as the moisture is heavy and sinks to the valley floor. Because of these factors the growing season is longer which gives the grapes more time to mature and it makes for a better wine.

Exploring the grounds at the winery

Exploring the grounds at the winery

The grounds at Hess Collection are absolutely stunning and the staff is incredibly nice. When they noticed Jake’s veteran hat they offered us both a free wine tasting which usually costs $10 a person. The wine was delicious and we left with 3 bottle in tow 🙂

Barrel Room

Barrel Room

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