Have you been to Napa or Sonoma County? If you haven’t, STOP what you’re doing right now, hop in the car and get over there!
Didn’t take my advice? Then please continue reading.
Last week, Jeremy and I drove up north for our relaxing 3-night, 4-day staycation at the Hennessey House, a bed and breakfast near Main Street in Napa, and at Benovia Winery‘s cozy cottage in Santa Rosa.
Our first stop was the Oxbow Public Market which is similar to the Milwaukee Public Market (love that place) but smaller. Since it was the afternoon, our tummies were grumbling for lunch so we walked our way over to Hog Island Oyster Co. for beer. KIDDING, obviously for the oysters and man-oh-man were they DELICIOUS and fresh. The oysters were complimented by a light ponzu concoction, a dab of Tapatio and spritz of lemon. Drooling now? Good.
We finished slurping down the oysters with a few glasses of wine, paid the bill then made our way around the market. The shops in the market ranged from infused olive oil and vinegar to coffee to cupcakes to cheese to books to pizza to spices. The spice shop, Whole Spices, had over 250 spices, herbs, sugars and salts which were displayed in glass jars. Jeremy practically found his heaven on earth and easily spent 45 minutes sniffing every jar while lining them up for packaging. Can’t wait to experiment with these bad boys in the kitchen!
During our stay in Napa and Sonoma, we visited Oxbow every single day. To say the least, we were addicted to the upbeat and energetic vibes along with the stellar food. We highly recommend you check out the market and all the shops in it. Don’t forget to stop by the wine and cheese bar just across Hog Island for an outstanding charcuterie board!
Have you been to the Oxbow Public Market? What did you enjoy most? Have any questions? Feel free to ask!