Wine and Design // Serena and Lily in Napa Valley

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As of March 3, 2021, Napa County is currently under a Red Tier in regards to the State of California’s COVID-19 restrictions. There are no quarantine requirements for arrivals in California, however the United States has prohibited arrivals from several countries if you have been there within the last 14 days (see list here). Please note that this blog post serves as a reference for travel later in the future. Nonessential international travel is not recommended at this time.

With summer now in full swing, I couldn’t have been more excited to have my first trip of the season to be at one of my favorite escapes – Napa Valley. What made this trip even more special was that this was a collaboration between Visit Napa Valley and one of my favorite home interior brands Serena & Lily. Together with a few other amazing influencers (Jennifer Lake, Weylie, and Ana Linares), we all trekked up to San Francisco to begin the perfect hosted visit to one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Below I am recapping our 3-day, 3-night trip that not only introduced us all to new friends, but new wine and the best in home design just in time for summer.

I have been a fan of Serena & Lily for years, as their bright, coastal inspired designs match my home’s peaceful California aesthetic. From the coziest blankets to the most unique interior and outdoor decor, Serena & Lily has always been a dream brand of mine to decorate and fill my home with. With this collaboration to Napa Valley, I was able to get more of a peek at their perfect outdoor summer collections from the most Pinterest and Instagram-worthy outdoor settings they carefully curated and set up for us.


Our first stop after flying in on a quick flight from Los Angeles was to visit Serena & Lily’s home design studio in the heart of downtown San Francisco. From the minute I walked in, I felt like I was walking into the coziest beach home. I may not necessarily live close to the beach, but from the pillows to the wicker baskets that were abundant in their home design studio, I felt inspired to add more of a peaceful Pacific coastal touch to my own home.

After enjoying a delicious charcuterie board and a preview of some of the wine we would be getting to try up in Napa Valley, we all traveled north to a neverending sea of green vines and gorgeous blue sky. We checked into our hotel, Hotel Villagio in downtown Yountville, which has recently been completely renovated with ultra modern interiors and design. If you’re looking for the perfect Instagram-worthy bathroom, every room at Hotel Villagio has it (including one of the deepest soaker tubs I have ever seen in a hotel room!).

Dinner for our first night in Napa Valley was held at Hotel Villagio’s famous Estate Yountville, one of the most picturesque spots to host an intimate dinner underneath twinkling lights and glittering stars surrounded by gorgeously full grape vines. To get to our dinner spot, we walked through a dreamy, aromatic lavender field set amongst the vines. Once we turned the corner, we finally got a glimpse of our gorgeous dinner table donned head to toe in florals and Serena & Lily. My favorite pieces were the white candle lanterns, the round rattan placemats, and the super soft blankets for after the sun went down.


For our first full day in Napa Valley, we started our day of delicious wine tasting at Chimney Rock winery located within the Stags Leap district. This former golf course is now home to a gorgeous winery; a crisp white building set near the easternmost mountains that border Napa Valley and grape vines that are nearly 3 decades old. One of their oldest vineyards (aged 25 years) produces a wine they named Ganyemede, after Zeus’ cupbearer. After our first splash of rosé (what better way to start the day?), we were given a little tour of their winemaking process and vineyards before being seated in a gorgeous venue for a sit-down, family style lunch set amongst aromatic oak barrels and Serena & Lily decor.

Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog enjoys a wine and design visit with Serena & Lily and Visit Napa Valley

After lunch, we headed to Alpha Omega winery along Route 29 for a gorgeous private tasting underneath the trees with a gorgeous view of the vineyard and fountain. As I write this blog post, I am currently enjoying a bottle of their cabernet sauvignon, one of my favorites from the private tasting we had set amongst Serena & Lily decor and furniture.

For dinner, we were treated to a cooking class at Vista Collina’s Food and Wine Center. As a former culinary school student, I couldn’t have been more excited. Of course, being a former student meant I was tasked with the more advanced parts of the dinner menu, but I did not mind. I learned how to make a tasty ancient grains salad with goat cheese and salmon with a homemade cherry tomato vinaigrette. We had the pleasure of tasting Jayson wines for each course during the cooking class, with us each receiving a bottle of their rosé to take home.


For our final full day in Napa with Serena & Lily, we started our morning with a bike ride around Yountville. We picked up our bikes from outside Hotel Villagio, fitted with Serena & Lily baskets, and spent an hour riding around town. I had not gotten on a bike in over a year, nor I had I really seen Yountville in over a year as well. It was a beautiful sunny morning getting to ride my bike alongside vineyards and stopping at Bouchon Bakery for some goodies.