Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Exploring Napa

Today at Craft Napa was a free day for Sue and her friend Sherry; Paula was taking a class at Pokey's art barn, so we took her there this morning and then set out to explore the area. And the sun was shining! So happy to get a break from the rain.
In the pictures above clockwise from top left, there are palm trees right outside our hotel room window!  Top right is the view from the art barn. Next is Paula ready for her class with Leslie Tucker Jennison, and the front view of the art barn.

After dropping Paula off, we set out to explore downtown Napa, walking around a bit till we finally found the visitor center where a very helpful lady showed us points of interest on the map. 
The river was really high and moving fast. We drove up the valley to St. Helena, passing oodles of wineries along the way.  We walked through town wandering in and out of various shops. The clouds moved back in with more showers this afternoon; hopefully they'll clear out completely tomorrow.
The architecture here is really interesting.  We think Craftsman & Victorian.  We'd had a recommendation for lunch at the Culinary Institute, but unfortunately it was closed for renovation.  So we drove back to Napa and ate at Joe's Riverfront Brewery. After a stop at a grocery store, it was soon time to pick up Paula from her day of class.  This evening is a welcome gathering and then classes for all of us tomorrow. 

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