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California Part 3-Napa Continued

On our first morning at The Carneros Inn, we had breakfast at the Hilltop Dining Room, which is only open to guests staying on the premises.  It's at the top of the property with sweeping views of the Napa hills and vineyards.  It was so romantic and majestic...the perfect way to start our day.  Here was our view from the table.

And once again, the food did not disappoint.  We received complimentary homemade donuts (the Inn is known for these) and pastries to start our meal.  Jon ordered the Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict, and I ordered the quiche with a side of potatoes.  Mmm mmm good.

Us at breakfast :)

We decided to have a very low-key first day and just lounge and relax by the pool until dinner.  The Hilltop Pool was only open to people ages 16 and above (there's another larger lap pool on the property for families with children) and the pool allowed no cell phone conversations--needless to say, it was so peaceful.  They had a staff devoted specifically to everyone poolside that would get you whatever you needed-- food, drinks from the bar, etc.

Seriously how can you not love this view?

When we arrived to the pool each day, we were given a bucket of customized Carneros Inn water bottles and poolside menus.

They had bottles of sunscreen and complimentary floats for you to use as well (you can see them in the background of picture below).  But my favorite part was ordering food poolside.  Lounging by the pool all day and not even having to get up to eat?...I'll take it!  And you can bet that I did not shy away from ordering a big ol' burger and fries from the menu.  {please take note of the adorable mini bottles of condiments}

After hours of relaxation and reading by the pool, we got ready and headed to our dinner reservation at Mustard's Grill just up the road in Yountville.  This particular restaurant was recommended to us by multiple people, so we knew it was one we had to try it out.  I ordered a penne chicken pasta (not pictured) and Jon ordered the tea-smoked Peking Duck.  We finished off our meal with their delicious Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Tart.  Everything was superb!

Coming up tomorrow in Part 4-wineries, bicycling and more food!  I was hoping to finish out the trip in one last post tomorrow but looking at the amount of pictures and items I have left to post, I think this will end up being a 5-part series.  Sorry to space them out so much, but it's hard narrowing down my 150+ pictures into just a few posts.  I hope you guys don't mind :)

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