Monday, April 25, 2016

Maggie and Maddy Adventures in Napa Valley Review

Our family's latest find in Napa Valley wasn't wine, but rather the darling children's book Maggie and Maddy Adventures in Napa Valley by locals Kyle and Amy Goleno. My husband pick this book up for the girls while on business in Napa. It was an instant hit with the girls. It was perfect timing as we ourselves prepared for a little getaway without the kids. How best to explain Napa Valley to the girls then by having them go on an adventure themselves with Maggie and Maddy.

The adventure begins with Maggie, the older sister, taking her little sister Maddy on a tour across Napa Valley. What better way to show her sister the town then by floating though "fluffy marshmallows" in a hot air balloon ride, kayaking through the canals, a bicycle built for two and of course the wine train. Even I found out a little more about Napa Valley from this book, such as the Castillo de Amorosa (castle of love). A must see on our next trip.

The book is so carefree and full of fun. The art work has such great detail and so precious. When it's story time comes in our home this book is a quick pick.  I don't complain because it feels like I am sharing my own Napa adventures with them. What is fun for me is that every spot Maggie and Maddy visit is a local favorite in Napa such as Butter Cream Bakery & Diner and Gott's Roadside. Though the book is not suggested for preschool children, my kids 3 years-old & 5 year-old loved it. As a matter of fact it is my 3 year-old that has been picking Maggie and Maddy as her night time book.

On our last day of our trip we decided to check out some of the places mentioned in the book. They sounded so great in the book why not? First stop was Butter Cream Bakery & Diner. It is an old school donut shop with a cute dinner inside. We picked up some yummy cookies and were on our way. We took a tour through the Oxbow Public Market. It had a little bit of everything there from a sushi bar, fruit stand and vinegar of every kind. Then walked next door to Gott’s. This was my favorite stop. I had the best burger ever topped off with a side order of fried brussel sprouts. WOW!

one of two locations
When we got back home we shared our adventure with the girls. It was fun to show them pictures of each spot from there book.  A place I though was a vacation spot strictly for adults, also makes for an great adventure for the little ones. I can't wait to take my girls to Napa Valley and have our own adventure. I think we will use Maggie & Maddy Adventures in Napa Valley as our guide.

Maggie and Maddy Adventures in Napa Valley are sold in local Napa Valley stores and online. Chick here to get your copy: Maggie and Maddy

1 comment:

Kyle Goleno said...

Maggie and Maddy love it when kids can come to the Napa Valley and enjoy all that it has to offer!