A few years ago before the “Baby Boom” when most of my girlfriends got pregnant (circa early 30’s), we took a girls’ trip to Napa Valley for some wine tasting and outlet shopping. I hate to brag (but I will), but I absolutely love my girlfriends – there’s about a dozen of us who have kept in touch the past 12+ years, and they’re about the nicest girls you could ever meet. Nine of us went on the trip, and there was absolutely no drama, no fights, and no awkwardness, but rather tons of laughter, paying the bill and giving each a few dollars back since everyone would put in too much (I love when this happens), and a lot of “‘it’s okay, you go first,” “no, you go first,” “no, you go first.”
By the by, I would usually end up saying “okay” first. When you gotta go, ain’t nobody got time for that! 😉
We visited two wineries, V. Sattui and Beringer Vineyards. I’m actually not much of a wine gal and prefer Newcastles, Shock Tops, and Fat Tires. But, I learned a lot (though I didn’t retain it… those little tastings add up and I am a lightweight) and it was a fun trip:
The costs were relatively inexpensive since flights back in the day on Southwest were super cheap (like $100 round trip or something), and we stayed at an Embassy Suites so we could have people sleep in the bedroom or the suite area (plus, it’s a free breakfast, and we just had to pay a little extra for any additional folks). Ground transport was covered since a couple of our friends lived in the area, and in exchange we paid for their meals and gas. The priciest things were the wine that I ended up just giving as gifts and some of the meals since we splurged on nice places.
On our final day, we took a trip to the outlets and shopped for awhile. There were no pictures, though we did buy one dress from BCBG that we’ve rotated among some of the girls for weddings and such. We all made a pact that our next girls’ trip will be in Paris when we’re 40, so I hope it really happens (with me saving up for it, of course!).