Chivalry is Alive and Well

My daughter has been visiting for the last ten, happy, jam packed days. Sandwiched between the family events…we managed to steal away for several Mom and daughter adventures. Always my favorite!
We spent several days relaxing in the Napa Valley…wine tasting, laughing and generally eating our way out of our summer clothes:).
Napa Valley
Apparently we all got the white Fedora with black trim memo!


My sister-in-law joined us at Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, to help christen our trip. Crag legs, mussels, olives and wine began our delicious lunch! The atmosphere was bustling and fun, which got us right in the party mood.
traveling in Napa
We checked into the charming Napa River Inn at the Historic Napa Mill. This boutique hotel in the Historic Hatt Building is situated right on the Napa River. The hotel has been honored with acceptance into the National Trust Historic Hotels of America…with luxuriously updated rooms…very comfortable beds…organic body care products and thick fluffy robes.
After exploring some of the waterfront we had dinner on the courtyard at Celadon.
It’s a casually elegant restaurant, well known for elevating Global Comfort Food to soaring heights. The cuisine is a Mediterranean, Asian, American fusion. Our meals were amazing and of course the wine list was stellar. We asked for crayons with our appetizer and spent the evening laughing, catching up and coloring silly pictures on their paper table overlay.
Napa valley wine tasting
The following day, we had to do some sampling on the gorgeous, sunny terrace at Domaine Carneros. The Chateaux terrace is one of the prettiest places to soak up the wine tasting atmosphere. No surprise, we soaked up a bit of their wine too.
Willow Spa in Sonoma
Our next stop was a memorable day in the Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. It’s a gorgeous facility with pampering services, wonderful food and attentive staff. We spent several hours “taking the waters” indoors…before heading poolside. We drank copious amounts of their fruit infused water and snacked on fresh fruits…awaiting our massages.
Spa in California wine country
After our massages, we floated outside to further relax by the pool. Their lunch menu was full of delicious options. A shared plate of Calamari and fresh green salads were the perfect light meal. Laying by the pool, a glass of Domaine Carneros Brut in hand, I thought…I could just live here and be totally content.
Redwood Forest Sausalito CA
Several days later we took a trip to explore Muir Woods. A quiet experience…we did a lot of looking up… just breathing in the nature. I knew it was a gorgeous spot, but had forgotten just how majestic these trees were. You won’t be surprised to learn there is an organic lunch spot on the grounds, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
After the quiet, majestic beauty of Muir Woods, we raced down the Marin Headlands to Battery Spenser.
view of San Francisco
This is a not to be missed stop for anyone visiting the Bay Area.
Battery Spenser was a reinforced gun battery built in the late 1800’s to guard the entrance to San Francisco Bay. Perched on a bluff above the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, it affords spectacular views. It is one of the best spots to take photographs of the bridge and bay.
north tower of Golden Gate Bridge
I knew to leave my hat in the car because the winds were fierce…but I didn’t anticipate the wind ripping my sunglasses right off my face and tossing them down the bluff.
bluff over GG bridge
I was fully prepared to consider them lost. Prescription or not, I didn’t plan to dig around on the steep bluff, in the scrub brush…in those winds…with my broken foot. I could just picture a gust knocking me down the hill.
Vanessa was about to go after them when a nice young man called out to us, then dove head first to rescue them.
I thanked him profusely, but realized as I drove away, I should have told him how chivalrous he was. He appeared no older than 16. As he climbed up the hill…my sunglasses in hand…his cute little girlfriend remarked, “There’s still good guys out there”! So very true!


1. having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
2. considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
3. gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.

When is the last time you met a chivalrous man?
I put my daughter on her plane home tonight, and tomorrow my life returns to what passes for normal.

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