The Gaige House

freshly vacationed!

Last weekend Casey & I went on a much needed vacation; we were totally due! My parents watched Cooper (thank you, parents!) and we were able to indulge in some great wine as well as some crazy good food. This was our first vacation away together in a little over 2 years, so were able to save up and splurge!

This is our second time staying at the Gaige House in Glen Ellen. We absolutely fell in love the first time we went in 2009 and we’ve made it our destination when we want to get away. I like that it’s a little less than a two hour drive from our home. Though people come from all over the country to stay there and I can totally see why. It’s truly a ZEN oasis.

When you walk to one of the suites, you pass by a forest of bamboo. Isn’t it lush and pretty? It’s so quiet that you can hear birds chirping and the wind blowing throw the leaves. You cannot hear kids whining or banging trucks against the floor! It’s wonderful. It’s vacation!

pretty bamboo

We like staying in one of their “zen” suites when we go. It is spacious and totally uncluttered.

in our room

There’s an amazing tub in the bathroom!

awesome tub

The bedroom is so calm & relaxing. I’m not normally a fan of beige, but it’s so clean & soothing here.

I love how they pair the beige with dark wood & black embellishments. Also love those two end tables.

ahhhh

In between the bedroom & bathroom is a little rock garden with a water feature.

I spent a good half hour watching a few birds playing around in the water. Relaxing!

a little rock garden

One of my favorite parts about this hotel is the CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST. It’s super fancy! These perfectly hard boiled eggs were sprinkled with sea salt and fresh tarragon. The cantaloupe carpaccio was drizzled with orange blossom syrup & mint. The mini croissants were fantastic too.

eggs & stuff

They also make homemade granola & fresh squeezed OJ. What a way to start the day….of eating!

the best continental breakfast

They also have cookies in the hotel lobby in the afternoon as well as a cheese tasting for all the guests. Nice!

It’s fun to go and meet other people staying at the hotel. We met a couple from Arkansas who came to Glen Ellen to beat the heat. They were super cute!

There’s a gorgeous pool in the back. We didn’t get a change to dive in this time around because we were too busy eating…

But what I love most is that right down the street you’ll find two really great restaurants.

fence

Just a short walk away….

hi

Is the Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant where we had dinner on Friday night.

dinner

They have herb biscuits in their bread basket and the corkage is pretty reasonable too. One of the dozen or so bottles Casey brought from home on our vacation was this 2008 Radio-Coteau Pinot Noir – Alberigi Vineyard.

glen ellen inn

We ordered the fried oysters with Tabasco Butter. TABASCO BUTTER! I’m so making that at home.

fried oysters with tabasco butter

We overheard a few locals ordering the fish tacos so we tried them out! They were good.

I can’t wait to make these when I get off my cleanse.

fish taco

I ordered what I got last time. Mussels & Fries! The creamy broth has a bit of bacon in it…it’s TO DIE FOR.

mussels & fries

Casey got a dish with wild boar with a mustard sauce. He likes meat. I like his shirt.

glen ellen inn

I should also mention that the Gaige House has a wonderful movie selection in their library.  We checked out 500 Days of Summer (we love that movie) and watched it that night.

The next morning I woke up on my own; there was no toddler running into our room & jumping on our bed!  Don’t get me wrong, I love it but sometimes I just ACHE to wake up on my own!

good morning

I leisurely painted my nails because I was going to see Joy that night at the French Laundry & wanted to impress.

crackle coat!

Started off with a bronze base & added crackle polish on top. Loved it.

bronze

Turned out pretty awesome!

We walked down the street to The Fig Cafe for lunch that day. There’s Casey with his wine bag again!

en route

It’s a cute little place and they don’t charge for corkage! WOOT!

I couldn’t stop staring at my nails. Umm look there’s sticky toffee banana cake on that menu! Ahh!

i did my nails

Casey brought a nice bottle of 2007 Flowers Pinot Noir Andreen-Gale Cuvée for us. I love the bubbly water at this cafe!

at the fig cafe

I wanted something green so I ordered the arugula salad with dried figs, house cured bacon & goat cheese.

YES. Another thing to make at home! I love getting inspired by restaurants.

arugula salad with fig & goat cheese

We ordered a pizza with fontina & bacon and I requested arugula on the top to cut the richness.

It was soo soo sooo GOOD.

fontina, bacon, arugula pizza with an egg on top

And here’s a picture of our wine and THE BEST FRIES EVER. Seriously. Hands down. BEST.

flowers!

After lunch we relaxed, watched a bunch of shark shows (it was shark week!) and then indulged in a couple’s massage in our room.

Ahhhhh.

vacationing!

We took our sweet time getting ready for dinner at The French Laundry. I wore my new favorite stripey dress!

And when the sun came down, we drove over to the French Laundry.

before french laundry

The next morning we packed up & went to Ad Hoc for Brunch! You can imagine how hard it was to get back to reality after that.

My favorite part of traveling is collecting decorating ideas and food inspiration from our trip to implement in our life at home. It definitely helps us relive good times!

No compensation was given for this post; I just wanted to give you some good tips on were to go in Sonoma County!

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  • August 13, 2011

    I am full-on jealous of this vacation! I might have to replicate it sometime myself. I love your dress!! I always think of you when I see black and white stripes. :)

    • August 13, 2011

      I love that. I hope we can hang out soon!

  • Emily D.
    August 13, 2011

    I love living vicariously through your restaurant adventures.

  • August 13, 2011

    Wow I’m jealous. I can’t remember the last time my husband and I Had time away just the 2 of us. I guess I’ll have to go for recreating these lovely dishes since I’m across the country and probably won’t get to visit these places in person.

    • August 13, 2011

      You should make time for yourselves! It’s good for you!

  • jan
    August 13, 2011

    Wish I was there…but felt as though I was. Thanks you rock!!!

  • Kate
    August 13, 2011

    Amazing – looks like such an indulgent weekend! I am intrigued by your ‘best fries ever’ claim… I am always on the hunt for the perfect fry. I’ll add that place to my list in case I ever visit that area!

  • August 13, 2011

    how funny!!! i’ve only been to the napa valley once and we stayed at the gaige house:

    http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/specially-when-you-do-the-continental/

    and ate at the fig cafe!!!!

    http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/bed-bath-breakfast-and-beyond/

    glad you got some time for yourselves!

    • August 13, 2011

      wow!! CRAZY!! What cookie was your favorite?

  • August 13, 2011

    The stripy dress (and your nails) are way cute and the vacation looks awesome. Definitely adding it to my list of places to stay on my West Coast trip next year!

  • August 13, 2011

    were the fries fried in duck fat??? oh duck fat, if loving you is wrong, i dont want to be right.

    • August 13, 2011

      haha! i don’t thing they were. They were crispy, not greasy with herbs sprinkled on top. Oh! Just the right amount of salt in there too!

  • August 13, 2011

    we stayed at the Gaige House a few weeks ago for a random trip to sonoma. didn’t eat dinner in GE but went to Cyrus up in Healdsburg – highly recommend for your next splurge. of course, it was raining constantly, so we never hit up the pool, but it made for a great excuse to do wine tasting all day!

    love the crackle look. i haven’t painted my fingernails in years, but finally started doing it a few months ago and now i feel so girly. in a good way :).

    • August 13, 2011

      Oh wow!! How crazy. We did look at Cyrus when we were in downtown Healdsburg. Gonna check that out next time for sure! I just recently got into nail polish (thanks to Joy!) and am kinda loving it!

  • rocio
    August 13, 2011

    lovely vacation! your stripey dress is beautiful, where is it from??

  • August 13, 2011

    That trip sounds Amazing! I am also from Arkansas and I can fully understand why that couple you met chose to vacation there. It looks beautiful, zen and homey all at the same time. I could so relax there! And the food looks great! Glad you had a great experience!!!

  • August 13, 2011

    ditto on the stripey dress…..but, i must ask, where are your sandals from? they look really cute & comfy!!

  • Leah
    August 13, 2011

    This looks like an incredible place to stay, I feel relaxed just looking at the decor and zen feel of the room! Oh and the dress is beautiful, loved your earings to match as well :)!!!!!

  • August 13, 2011

    Ok so a few things.. I love your stripey dress and shoes. Those mussels look fantastic. I want to stay at that place with the fancy breakfast.

  • August 13, 2011

    What a wicked place. Also, LOVE the dress!

  • August 14, 2011

    AAAAAAAAAAAH my husband and I honeymooned in California almost 25 years to the date! (sept. 13th, 1986). We went to the French Laundry all those years ago. Haven’t been back since. We’re thinking of going away this year for our 25th. Haven’t picked a destination yet – or a date…hope it happens! Looks like you had a wonderful get away!

    • August 14, 2011

      This is a sign that you….MUST GO BACK!!!

  • August 14, 2011

    Your hair is too cute, Tracy! (also, the dress, and the shoes.) Basically, I am jealous of you. Especially after reading about this fantastic trip!

    • August 15, 2011

      You are making me blush. Thank you!

  • August 14, 2011

    I am a avid follower, foodie, Mother of 2, love my private time with my Hubby cause he is so amazing, and I honestly look forward to your posts on your blog. They are always a good read, thanks for sharing, glad to hear a lovely couple like yourselves enjoyed a weekend away and delicious food!

    • August 15, 2011

      Hooray for amazing hubbies and comments that make my day! Thank you!

  • August 15, 2011

    This place looks amazing!

  • August 15, 2011

    I’m always in need of good hotel recommendations. Thanks! That place looked so amazing. Definitely a good place for parents of a youngin to get away to. :) But let’s be real. I want to stay there for 3 things: that breakfast, the cheese/wine afternoon, and that bathrub. Amazing!

  • August 15, 2011

    Oh my, that is one gorgeous house! Your dress is super-cute but I love how you styled your hair even more :) Thanks for the recs!

    • August 15, 2011

      Thank babe! You totally have to go! I already can’t wait to see your pics!

  • Daniel
    August 16, 2011

    oh my…..
    that’s looks so good. exactly what i need right now. so peaceful.
    and you look so cute, loved it babe :)

  • August 19, 2011

    Oh, I want a get-away like that. Gaige House looks amazing. Hmmm ….. little bird needs to whisper those two words to a certain man lover!

    Glad you two love birds had a get-away!!

  • August 24, 2011

    Wow, looks so fun! PS I love your hair – gorgeous!

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