Scenes from Napa Valley

in st. helena | via vmac+cheese

playing croquet | via vmac+cheese

perfect garden pool | via vmac+cheese

Hi, Friends! I thought I’d check in today and share a few snaps from the house we’ve been staying in up in Napa (well, technically, outside of St. Helena). The property has beautiful gardens, and we’re having a great time hanging around outside, enjoying the sunshine, and watching Lucy covet such a big yard.

We’re here for a few more days and then head back to the city, where planning the big move awaits…simultaneously exciting and not so exciting…

lucy goat | via vmac+cheese

setting sun | via vmac+cheese

in the vines | via vmac+cheese

dining table | via vmac+cheese

croquet mallets | via vmac+cheese

a rose | via vmac+cheese

roses | via vmac+cheese

damage | via vmac+cheese

(We’ve done some damage. But don’t worry — we had some serious help with many of these bottles when sets of friends came over the weekend!)

{Image Credits: Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese}


  1. 4.16.13
    kelsey said:

    absolutely gorgeous photos

  2. 4.16.13

    Such lovely photos

  3. 4.16.13

    The calm before the storm……hope you enjoy!!

  4. 4.16.13
    Lou said:

    A dream place. Wunderbar! Have a great time.

  5. 4.16.13

    Napa is my all time favorite place in the world! Food, wine, beautiful scenery! There is just no better. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  6. 4.16.13
    Amanda said:

    Simply stunning! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  7. 4.16.13

    Such beautiful photos! The trip sounds like a dream – exactly what you needed busy lady! Hope you’re recharging {wine always does the trick}.

  8. 4.16.13
    Alexa said:

    Oh gorgeous. What a nice little escape before the big move!

  9. 4.16.13

    Amazing post and great photos. I am in SF for work this week and am hoping to head up to napa this weekend. Can’t wait!


  10. 4.16.13
    Christina said:

    Looks amazing! Enjoy the rest of the trip.

  11. 4.16.13
    Alyssa said:

    So gorgeous! This just got me so excited, too. I’m headed to Napa for a work trip in a few weeks (never been) and I can’t wait!

    • 4.16.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Let me know if you need recs!

  12. 4.16.13
    Ashley said:

    It looks beautiful out there!

  13. 4.16.13

    Such gorgeous pictures! I’m so glad you’re having a fun and restful time. NYC is getting excited for your arrival!

  14. 4.16.13

    I’m in San Diego and I’ve never been to Napa even if it’s so close!!

    Cute pics.

  15. 4.16.13
    Erin said:

    Hope you are enjoying St. Helena! I live in Napa, and absolutely love it here. :)

  16. 4.16.13
    Meghan said:

    Lucy + wine + a pretty view = a gorgeous post :)

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  17. 4.16.13
    Randilea said:

    Looks lovely! Enjoy your relaxing time.

  18. 4.16.13
    Maggie said:

    I’m a recent fan of yours & I’m about to voice an unpopular opinion, but I’m bummed you are leaving the city for the (other) city. I currently live in San Diego but I’m from Santa Cruz & Ukiah, and I’ve really enjoyed reading about your Northern CA adventures. I particularly love this entry b/c my senior year in high school I dated a guy who lived in St Helena and I spent a fair amount of time driving through that neck of the woods. I wish you well on your new adventure, but I’ll miss reminiscing about home when I read your post-move entries. :o)

    • 4.16.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Ha, it’s ok Maggie, some days I feel super bummed about leaving too! This trip especially has been a little bittersweet — we have so many good memories up here and it’s sad to think it’ll be a long time before we’re back (no more jumping in the car to head up to wine country for the weekend…). Thank you for your sweet comment!

  19. 4.16.13

    Beautiful pics…I love the one of your sweet-faced little Frenchie!

  20. 4.17.13
    Bevin said:

    So beautiful! Napa is seriously on my list of places I want to visit one day. In fact, it’s top of the list.


  21. 4.17.13
    Marissa said:

    Looks like you are having such a great time! I’m totally going to chime in with Maggie’s comment there and say while it’s exciting to be moving to a new city, I’ll definitely miss your NorCal adventures + postings! I’m from the east coast and actually making a move to the west coast soon. It will be interesting to see how we “switch places” and your view of the new englandy area (I’m from CT!) Enjoy your blog so much – one of the first blogs I check everyday. xoxo

    • 4.17.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Aww, thank you, Marissa!!!

  22. 4.17.13

    These photos are gorgeous! Mike and I have dreamed of planning a Napa vacation … someday!

  23. 4.18.13
    lauren said:

    amazing pictures- went to sonoma about four years ago- you are making me want to go back asap.

  24. 4.23.13
    Elisa said:

    So beautiful! Thank you for sharing these!

    I have never been to Napa, but I’d love to make it a girls’ weekend away one time!

  25. 4.27.13
    Connie said:

    Haven’t played croquette since I was a kid. Hope you tried playing while there.

    • 4.28.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      It’s one of my favorite games! I play whenever there’s a lawn and a set.

  26. 9.7.13
    Cyndi said:

    I’m in love with your photos! I’m going to Sonoma for the first time next month. I would love any recommendations on places to stay, restaurants, wine tours, etc. Did you rent your house on vrbo? Thanks so much!!

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