Monday, May 31, 2010
Happy, Happy in Calistoga, California
It's an incubator for growing friendships. No to do list. Just incredible people, great food (and cooks), great drinks, and an outlandishly gorgeous setting. First, the house, but really, the beauty was the grounds. So many treasures, little nooks and crannies, so much attention to detail, blending in, looking so natural, yet landscaped, just so. Gorgeous pool, outdoor dining area and huge stone fireplace, and a little kitchen bar, bathroom and shower and the gardens. Everywhere. The veggie garden had cilantro, and strawberries en masse(yes, we used plenty). What else? Basil, and spinach. And a bunch of other stuff in perfect raised beds, for later in the season. And flowers and so on everywhere.
This turned into one of our favorite spots. It's dream outdoor living. Pool, fireplace, dining, everything done, just right. Right in the lower right corner, see the serving table. Concrete with two down-lights. They thought of everything! Behind this is the cabana, with a little bar, bathroom and shower, all done in teak. The pool was huge. Plenty big for swimming laps. And the hot tub attached to the pool was huge. A party tub.
Have you seen the blog where the guy puts his camera on 2 second delay, then runs? This is my version. On 10 second delay, and swimming.
Here's something else I've never done. Linking to my facebook album. Not sure it works.
Let me know if you can't get to it.