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Postcard From A Vineyard in Napa Valley, California

by Penny Sadler

Last month I was in Calistoga, a small town of about 5,000 people in the northern most part of California’s famous wine region, Napa Valley.

Calistoga is known for thermal hot springs, wineries, and volcanic mud baths, all of which I sampled, and will be writing more about.

In March the vines are just beginning to sprout a bit of leafy green color, and are still kind of bleak looking. Mustard plant which typically grows all across the valley in the spring, provides a bright yellow blanket of color. However, due to the long drought in California – no mustard. Just the bare brown vines.

Vineyard in Napa Valley California @PennySadler 2014

 

In spite of the lack of sunny yellow mustard plants, the geography and flora of the area paint a peaceful picture for the eyes to gaze upon. The mountains lend color and texture along with the coastal live oak trees, olive trees, and beautiful madrone trees.

Calistoga is a wonderful small town; easy to navigate, with only one main road through the center of town. It is peaceful, a bit eccentric, definitely unique,  and relaxing.

It had rained the day I took this photograph. Knowing that the light would be especially nice, I took off in search of a place to try to best capture it. I had just arrived in Napa the day before so I wasn’t sure which direction to go.  I just lucked out and happened to find a pretty good spot at the right time.

Have you been to Napa? Do you have a favorite memory to share?

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20 comments

Megan March 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

Beautiful photo. There was a lot of mustard this year since we got significantly more rain than in the past 4 years. Maybe the yellow flowers weren’t prevalent in Calistoga (or you we’re a little too late), but they sure were in Oak Knoll, Stags Leap & Rutherford.

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Penny Sadler March 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Hi Megan This was taken in 2014. No rain. And I was there end of March. Hopefully I’ll get some nice shots this trip

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Mary @Green Global Travel April 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Beautiful photo. You captured the light at the perfect moment.

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Penny Sadler April 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

A little luck and then driving like crazy to be in the right place at the right time. Thanks Mary.

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Jim Sullivan April 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

That’s a beautiful photo, Penny! I hope I have the opportunity to see you at the Castello again someday!

Warm regards,

Jim Sullivan

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Penny Sadler April 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

Thanks Jim. Me too!

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Raul (@ilivetotravel) April 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

Great shot! I’ve been to Napa as well as Sonoma. Neat places!

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Penny Sadler April 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Thanks Raul!

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Valen-This Way To Paradise April 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Stunning picture! I love Calistoga, especially the spa treatments there.

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Penny Sadler April 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Me too. I have lots more information on the spas coming soon. That is specifically why I went to Calistoga.

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas April 23, 2014 at 7:19 am

Looks gorgeous! Thankfully, Spain is full of vineyards, so I never have to go far to look for them. Come to think of it, you should probably visit.

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Penny Sadler April 23, 2014 at 11:46 am

I know! Ok, you’ve convinced me. I’ll have to message you now for dates. 🙂

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Matthew Hirtes April 23, 2014 at 6:02 am

One of my great regrets of my time in San Francisco is that I didn’t make it the Napa Valley. Your photo so makes me want to return. What a captivating image.

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Penny Sadler April 23, 2014 at 11:46 am

Well I’d only make the time to go to Napa if you love wine.

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Theodora April 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Lovely shot! Looks much more Mediterranean than I’d imagined Napa.

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Penny Sadler April 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thanks!

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Wandering Educators April 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

Gorgeous!! and well worth your efforts!

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Penny Sadler April 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

I thought so too. Thank you.

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The Tin Man April 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Great Photo………just beautiful

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Penny Sadler April 21, 2014 at 11:52 pm

thanks!

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