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The Weekend Getaway

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“The Napa Valley has a special place in my heart. I absolutely relish my weekend getaways with my husband, Michael, and our dog, Kingsley, at our house in Saint Helena.”—Jay Jeffers, interior designer


Jay and Michael’s Insider Tips:

Solage Resort
“We’re currently remodeling our home, and so when not crashing with friends, Solage is our go-to spot—the pool and spa at there are the best in casual chic.”

“In Yountville, don’t miss Ma(i)sonry, a beautiful store with a great mix of contemporary art, boutique-wine tastings, and beautiful gardens.”

“The Napa Valley is a culinary cornucopia! There is a wonderful farmers’ market blocks from our home with the freshest ingredients, but when we aren’t cooking we love to eat at Cook on Main Street; they have a decadent daily risotto.”


In Jay’s Weekend Bag:
“In our store, Cavalier, we carry the most amazing leather woven bags by LanceWovens; they are perfect for a weekend away. In my bag:  a swimsuit, a pair of shorts, white jeans, two shirts, a sweater, Obagi sunscreen from Spa Radiance, sunglasses from Rag & Bone and my iPad downloaded with the latest issue of Vanity Fair.”

Photography courtesy of Trinette Reed, Jay Jeffers, Robert Bengtson

“I am a road-trip person, so my weekend getaways usually involve my just getting in the car. I drive north up Highway 1 and head to Sea Ranch. It’s the perfect distance for me to unwind, and it is easy to unplug from everything for a bit.”—Leslie Williamson, photographer


Leslie’s Insider Tips:

Fort Ross
“My favorite stop on the trip is at Fort Ross. The Russian fort is really inspiring to me, and the rustic interiors are a beautiful reminder of California’s early history. Plus I just love to lie in the grass with daisies around my head.”

Cowgirl Creamery
“Another stop, at Cowgirl Creamery in Port Reyes, is a must—and so is a roadside fruit stand if there is one—to get the essentials for weekend picnics.”

Fleetwood Mac
“A road trip isn’t complete without a good music. For me it’s all about the early Fleetwood Mac albums.


In Leslie’s Weekend Bag:
“I keep to the basics: my iPod, camera, Janezic blanket wrap coat, galoshes for tide pools and beach walks, something to read, and my creative journal for drawing and writing.”

Photography courtesy of Thomas Hallstein/Alamy, Cowgirl Creamery, CBW/Alamy

“My husband and I steal away for a quick trip to Marin whenever we can. Even if it’s just for a day or so—we arrive at 2 p.m. and leave by 8 a.m. the next morning, and those 18 hours feel like three days.”—Alexis Swanson, creative director of Swanson Vineyards


Alexis’s Insider Tips:

San Francisco Bay
“We love to loop around the San Francisco Bay, starting in Tomales, heading south for the views of San Francisco, and then ending at Hog Island Oysters for fresh oysters on the water’s edge.”

Manka’s Inverness Lodge
“Dinner prepared by Manka’s Inverness Lodge proprietors Margaret Gade and Daniel Delong is the most magical and indelible experience imaginable. Thomas Keller has them cook for him on his birthday—is there anything left to say?”

Swanson Vineyard’s Lucky You
“We always pack a bottle of our favorite wine, usually something from Swanson. Right now I’m loving our Syrah and cab sauv blend, Lucky You.”


In Alexis’s Weekend Bag:
“I pack my L.L. Bean camo tote with a bottle of Swanson house red wine, a stack of magazines, travel Scrabble, a camera, and my own ground coffee.”

Photography courtesy of Chad Ehlers/Alamy, Swanson Vineyards, Hog Island Oysters

“While I reside in Los Angeles, I love popping over to New York for the weekend to visit family and friends and maybe do a little work while I’m there.”—Adam Blackman, co-owner of Blackman Cruz


Adam’s Insider Tips:

McSorley’s Old Ale House
“McSorley’s in Manhattan’s East Village is one of the oldest bars in the country. When visiting I order two dark beers and a turkey-and-cheddar sandwich. There are only two choices when it comes to beer at McSorley’s, light or dark, so be ready to order either when you step up to the bar and you’ll keep the busy bartender happy.”

Gramercy Park Hotel
“If my brother’s Brooklyn brownstone is unavailable, I love staying at the Gramercy Park Hotel. They usually accommodate me with a room with a view of the park, which makes it feel like a little oasis in the middle of the city.”


In Adam’s Weekend Bag:
“A Yankees baseball cap, James Perse sleeping shorts, a John Varvatos suede sports coat, and Persol sunglasses are mainstays in my Tumi duffel bag.”

Photography courtesy of Gramercy Park Hotel, Anthony D’Argenzio, Persol

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