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Traveling In My Own Backyard

Traveling In My Own Backyard
I love living in Northern California.

San Francisco is a short 30 minute drive,  I can get to downtown Carmel in 90 minutes and Napa Valley is less than an hour drive away…going the speed limit. Which I seldom do.

I am joining my fellow bloggers and Instagram lovers at Skimbaco’s Instagram Travel Thursday , sharing some of my favorite posts from The Napa Valley adventure I had last month.

As I drove the small country roads, winding through rolling hills covered with luscious green vineyards…I could almost feel my blood pressure go down.

Blooming roses and wild California Poppies seemed to be around every turn. The deeper I got into the Napa Valley the more transported I felt.

Before I joined Instagram last year, I had very few photo’s that captured my travel adventures and holidays.
I was the woman who carted her camera on vacation and consistently left it in the hotel room. It was too bulky, heavy and  awkward to bother with. Now that I use my iPhone, I’ve become totally slightly obsessed with snapping and sharing on Instagram.

I attempt to capture experiences with my Instagram photo’s.

By using the InstaCollage mobile app, I integrate multiple aspects of the same event,  into one Instagram photo.

We met at Redd in Yountville and because one picture didn’t capture us all, I put two together to unite us.

Napa Valley Wine tasting
We began our day of wine tours at the elegant and grand Domaine Carneros.
Napa Valley wine tasting
Moved on to the wine caves at Pine Ridge Vineyards.
Napa Valley wine tasting
Then enjoyed a stunning tour and lunch at Merryvale Winery.
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Throughout our trip we all did a lot of this…



And thanks to our fabulous chauffeur Mike Johnson, and Napa Valley Tours & Transportation we were able to do a fair amount of this.



For more stunning pictures of the gorgeous Napa Valley check out:

 Mike’s “Napa Chauffeur” Instagram page.Heather of Style Mind Chic, on Instagram

Adrienne of The Rich Life On A Budget’s Instagram page

Kim from Northern California Style on Instagram

Tamera Beardsley’s Instagram

I would like to thank Katja Presnal, Owner and Founder of Skimbaco Lifestyle Magazine for hosting Instagram Travel Thursday.
If you love to travel, enjoy Instagram and want to join the fun, you can learn about the Instagram Travel Thursday  linkup here. You can also add the  #IGTravelThursday  hashtag to your travel photo’s on Instagram… to share your experiences with others who love to travel.
Today I am linking with Leigh at Hines Sight who writes a weekly Travel Insight feature for Skimbaco Lifestyle, online magazine.
With all the social media options available these days, I hesitated to dive into Instagram.
 I’m very glad I did.
Are you on Instagram?
Disclosure: Our tours at Domaine Carneros and Merryvale Winery, along with our  lunch were complimentary, and hosted by Charlotte Milan, Founder and President of C. Milan Communications. Our transportation was also complimentary and hosted by Napa Valley Tours & Transportation. All opinions are my own.

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