The best birthday celebration (in Napa, CA) ever!

A few weeks ago, I went to Napa with my friends to celebrate our birthdays. We’ve all known each other since grammar school or high school and we have a tradition of getting together for a girls weekend once a year.

This get-together was special because we all turned 40 this year!

It was SUCH a great time.

We stayed at Indian Springs in Calistoga in a beautiful cottage.

The resort was gorgeous, complete with the biggest pool I’ve ever seen, filled with water from the hot springs. (The water felt amazing.)
Our friend Amie kicked the weekend off by giving us all matching tank tops, with our senior portraits ironed on the front. It was too cute! Here’s mine:
And even though we all brought cute outfits to wear on Saturday, we decided to put our matching tank tops on instead. :)
After a hike in the morning, we hopped on bikes and headed out to stop by wineries and see the countryside.
Christine, Amie, Shannon, me, Lisa, Amy
It was such a fun day. The weather was beautiful and the Napa countryside was absolutely gorgeous.
We had a great time on our bikes… we looked like a scene straight out of The Sound of Music (me especially with my straw hat.) We even had someone sing as they passed us in their truck, “The hiiills are aliiiive with the sound of muuuuuusic…” It was really funny.
After we got back from riding bikes, we went out to a nice dinner at a place called Farmstead.
Lisa, Christine, me, Amy, Shannon, Amie
The food was amazing, especially the pie they brought us for dessert:
If anyone dreads turning 40, don’t! This is such a fun time, and you get a great excuse to celebrate in a huge way!
Amy, Lisa, Christine, Amie, and Shannon – Thanks for such an amazing time and special memories! Love you!

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  1. That looks like so much fun. I love getting together with old friends…away from any of our homes. Looked like a beautiful place to relax, get exercise and just have fun.

  2. Sounds amazing. Can't believe you are 40! My fav shots are the ones of you girls on the bikes in your cute tops. Priceless. What a fun idea!

  3. Thanks, Alicia. It was so much fun. I am so glad we wore the tank tops; it made for some pretty fun photos! We even had a woman at one of the wineries take a picture of us to put into a book she is writing. It was fun!

  4. Wow. What an amazing trip with friends, and such awesome memories! Y'all are SO adorable on your bikes in your matching tops! Seriously! And I LOVE Napa! My GFs and I went a couple of years ago and it was a great trip. It's so beautiful there and well, the wine ain't half bad either… ;)

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  5. omg, that looks like so much fun! I love the pictures! :)

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  8. What a beautiful place to spend your birthday, and with beautiful friends.

  9. I really need to start doing this with my gal pals. I never see them enough. Great idea and looks like you all had to total blast. Jealous much, and Happy Birthday!

  10. That looks like so much fun! I am totally going to do something like that when I turn 40! p.s. Love the matching tanks too!

  11. What a great way to celebrate such a big milestone! There are only a few highschool friends I keep in touch with and sadly, we are scattered all across the country. But I would have loved doing something like this with them. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  12. Genny… are so fortunate to have such a great group of long time girlfriends. Your weekend together looked like so much fun, and those t-shirts that your friend made are priceless. :)

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