Napa Travel Log

It has been argued whether there’s such a thing as love at first sight.  The vast majority of us do fancy departures from life’s daily routines, so when the mood or occasion strikes to veer off the path of the road most traveled, The Coquette Baguette  suggests two distinct and exquisite locales in picturesque Northern California, primed and poised for the most romantic of interludes and thoughtfully designed for those who love to dream.

Postcard Proposals

Our journey begins at the adorable Cottage Grove Inn, located in Calistoga, a town known for its wineries, old world charm and lively hot springs — an artificial geyser known as the Old Faithful of California, calls this town home.

Private cottages are the draw here, with every detail meticulously thought out.  Cute-as-a-button bird houses and lazy his ‘n hers rocking chairs await as you pull up to your very own parking space adjacent to each cottage.  A delicious gourmet breakfast complete with made-to-order waffles and custom blended smoothies greet you in the morning, in addition to wine and cheese in the evening – both are served in the main guest house, however,  guests are welcome to enjoy these treats in their cottages.

Disappear into the night, down curvy Petrified Forest Road, to this romantic storybook hideaway.  The Cottage Grove Inn is a proposal and date night destination which will lure you back for future anniversaries to come.  A truly magical find!”    

– The Coquette Baguette

Each cottage tells a unique story with its custom shabby chic décor and its own unique journal where guests record romantic encounters and tales of reconnection.  In fact, many of the amorous testimonies tell tales of fantasy-driven proposals and the warmest of heartfelt anniversary celebrations. The Inn is an idyllic spot for celebrating momentous, lifetime occasions with its wood-burning fireplaces and tubs for two, all making for irresistible and unforgettable evenings.  Picnic baskets and bicycles are also at the ready for complimentary use and concierge services can pre-plan wine tastings, massages, horseback rides or help you arrange for a sweet, chocolate-inspired proposal (contact Donna Johnson, General Manager at for more information).

The Coquette Baguette would like to thank The Cottage Grove Inn for its warm hospitality.  We truly appreciate how The Inn inspires visitors to take in the pleasures of wine country and celebrate love with their significant other.

Honeymoon Candy

True excitement begins once your eyes catch a glimmer of this seductive boutique hotel housed directly on the San Francisco Bay.  We recommend descending upon this romantic gem by ferry boat hand-in-hand with your sweetie to truly take in the romantic beauty of Sausalito and its most sophisticated B&B, The Inn Above Tide.

A subtle yet inviting fragrance captivates your senses upon check-in, where the staff is both friendly and willing to provide a run down of the hotel’s bountiful amenities and convenient concierge services.

We love The Inn’s proximity to both wine country and San Francisco – each a lover’s paradise.  The entire hotel boasts rooms and suites for the fashion-conscious; however, for CB’s style-obsessed readers, we highly recommend the ultra glam Vista Suite.  A rustic lattice gate led the way to our stay at this gorgeous suite immaculately designed for honeymooning and romantic escapes.  Appropriately named, The Vista Suite provides alluring, sexy views of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay – we loved how the waves from the Bay rocked us to sleep after a dip in our private Jacuzzi tub and complemented the crackling sounds of our wood-burning fireplace – it truly doesn’t get any more tantalizing than this.

“We highly recommend honeymooning at the stylishly sassy Inn Above Tide.  Fall asleep in the arms of the one you love…wake up starry-eyed at the seductive panoramic views.  A romantic retreat you’ll find hard to part with.”

– The Coquette Baguette

Amenities include Bulgari toiletries, binoculars, private glass encircled decks, cushy robes and slippers and a vast collection of complimentary movies.  A lovely cheese and fruit spread are served every afternoon coupled with both red and white wine offerings.  Breakfast is served continental style with delicious fruit, pastries and rich, dark coffee.

The Coquette Baguette would like to thank The Inn Above Tide for a romantic and delicious stay.  Your service offerings are top notch and so is your staff.  Paradise could only be so lucky to look, feel and smell like this.

– By Maritza Buelvas. Entire article available at



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