Tra Vigne in the Napa Valley

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The beautiful Napa Valley was where my husband Adam and I spent our birthdays and our anniversary this past week!

We stayed at a friend’s guest house right near the beautiful Auberge de Soleil  Hotel;  and even in the off-season; the weather was gorgeous!!!

The first place I want to share is one of the most beautiful, magical restaurant  I have ever seen!  In fact, the minute we saw it ,

we decided to have lunch and dinner there the first full day we were there!

At first we saw this beautiful stone building!

Stunning Entrance!


charming sign!

then the garden gate….leading to the courtyard
in the courtyard we discovered
this bench which says “fresh water pure wine all together”
and this one next to it which says “Where we Feel Hard Bread”
and on the wall  “Is!, is!, is!)
I love this light fixture!
this is for private parties!
and the wine bar is downstairs!
this great seal was imbedded in the courtyard
this lovely terrace is in the courtyard as well
the outside terrace
the old signs preserved!
another fascinating old sign.
I love the color and the hinge!
through the curtains!
There he is again right over the entry door!
The most glamorous bar!!
a lovely open kitchen!
I love the ceiling molding detail!
the dining room exquisite!
The courtyard was fascinating!
They grow their own vegetables!
the vines in the summer!
the artichokes and veggies!
the courtyard with vegetables!
here is the same arch in the summer!
the vineyard at the side
the same arch again!
the arch again!
a fascinating fountain!
 The mood and atmosphere was exquisite !!! I’ll be posting a few pictures taken later that evening!!!
Till the next post!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

23 thoughts on “Tra Vigne in the Napa Valley

  1. Pamela

    It looks like the castle from Beauty and the Beast. Magic.

  2. The Devoted Classicist

    There was still a lot of charm, deserted and in winter. It must be truly delightful in the summer.

  3. Thoughts on Design

    I’d love to be sitting in that courtyard on a beautiful summer evening! They’d have to kick me out when the restaurant closed! Such detail and character.


  4. vignette design

    Tra Vigne is one of my favorite restaurants. We don’t get over to the Napa side much anymore since buying our home in Sonoma Valley. Heading up to Healdsburg this morning. Wish Tra Vigne was there, we would so stop in for lunch! Happy Birthday and Anniversary!

  5. Bettina

    As I open this new post I found a familiar “taste”… are you sure you weren’t in Tuscany, or somewhere else in the countryside down to Rome?… (the same sky too!) Happy birthday Penelope, happy holiday, happy everything… Bettina

  6. Victoria Athens

    When my husband was alive, we used to go to the Napa Valley every year. We discovered Tra Vigne on one of those visits and ate in the restaurant three nights in a row…it was that good.

    The atmosphere is so welcoming and so European in its ambience and beautiful appointments. Michael Chiarello owned it then. I don’t think he still does, but I hope the food is still wonderful. Have a great time.

  7. Dovecote Decor

    Tra Vigne is so marvelously delicious, I only wish my tummy could hold more food. Come by and visit Hutton Wilkinson’s fab new house in L.A. I’m obsessed!

    1. penelopebi

      Oh, I am obsessed as well! I somehow missed my evite to that Sunday tea; and was just so disappointed! I saw it being built; so I simply must get there. He and Ruthie are such a team….and I loved your post on the whole thing!

  8. Heather in Arles

    But Penelope, Penelope, how was the food?! 🙂 Oh my I loved this post but you design folk really are so fun, losing the forest for the trees, if I may say! I hope that you had a truly wonderful birthday and all around celebratory week!

    1. penelopebi

      Oh!!! I forgot to say! It is the best food I have ever tasted in my life!!! The lunch salad was unusual and delicious; all the fresh greens grown right there; cheese from some organic nearby farm; the absolute best!
      And on my actual birthday, we had dinner at the “French Laundry”; from which I am not fully recovered!!

      That isn’t really “dinner”; it is the “Circque de Soleil of food!!!”

      A post on that!

  9. Kathy Avakian

    Really , beautiful pictures Penny! I wondered about the food too, if it lived up to the wonderful exterior! Ha!


  10. Sandra Jonas

    Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary!! Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration.

    You share some of the most spectacular locations. Thank you.

  11. penelopebi

    via email:
    “These are gorgeous. What did you have to eat? What is the railroad track? Teddee”

    I think I get the big “F” grade for food reporting! I have tried to add…..we had the best salads for lunch……the most wonderful homemade bread; and for dinner the most wonderful roast chicken; and pasta with wild mushrooms and truffles…….


    For dessert; the pane cotta with caramel sauce that you could drown in!

    When all my senses are overwhelmed with beauty and patina…….I just forget about the food! The food was equal to the environment!

    Now about those tracks…….those are old railroad tracks. I think during “the season (starting March 1) I think there is a wonderful-sounding “private rail car train” that goes through here…….and takes you to wineries and through the Napa Valley for lunch or dinner tours!

    that is why I left those tracks in the pictures! Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

  12. Kathy Avakian

    It sounds delicious, your description made my mouth water Penny! There is nothing quite as satisfying as having a meal on a beautiful terrace, the vegetables just picked from the field still warm from the sun, surrounded by all that natural beauty, it sounds like a dream come true!


    1. penelopebi

      Kathy is such a great friend! She does the most amazing things with old textiles….and makes the most beautiful pillows……and she completely “gets” me when I have some random rag……she creates a lovely artistic creation with it!

  13. Karen

    Happy Anniversary and Birthday. What a beautiful area to celebrate in. We were in Napa for a wedding 2 years ago and had the good fortune to enjoy lunch at this wonderful restaurant. The whole area is as close to paradise as it gets as far as I’m concerned. My blood pressure drops when we arrive each and every visit.

  14. velvet and linen

    I laughed when I read Heather’s comment!
    I’m sure I would have written a similar post… forgotten the food completely.
    It looks like you had a spectacular birthday, Penny.
    Happy Birthday and Anniversary wishes to you and Adam.


    1. penelopebi

      How wonderful is this friend? I don’t need to say one more word! I am so lucky! and blessed!

      Thank you ,Brooke!!

  15. penelopebi

    via email:

    “Beautiful, beautiful!
    Isn’t it wonderful living in California!
    All of it!!!!”

    from my friend Bob Schulenberg!

    It is indeed! (from Penelope)

  16. penelopebi

    Reply to Victoria Athens:

    I love your comment…..and that is just what we do! when something is that wonderful; back we go! Some call it a “rut”!

    We love it! The last time we were in Paris; we had lunch at “Deux Magots” every day for five days…….(no matter where we were!)

    the “Shepard’s salad is my favorite thing on earth!!!


    ps I am so sorry you lost your husband; It is obvious how close you were!

  17. Karena

    A belated Birthday and Anniversary!! An enchanted, gorgeously detailed site for a very special restaurant. Thank you for sharing…

    Art by Karena
    The 2012 Artist Series

  18. Thoughts on Design

    The summer images you added are spectacular.
    Hope you have more to share!

    Happy 4th!


  19. Willy Perez

    Thank you for posting the great content … I was looking for something like this … I found it quiet interesting, hopefully you will keep posting such blogs …. Keep sharing.

    Sarah Kensington

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