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GEM On The GO! All Aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train! (VIDEO)

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GEM On The GO!
All Aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train! (VIDEO)

Shhhhhhh! I’m waking up in San Francisco today and whispering because it’s a surprise for my mom 🙂

Many of you know who follow me on social media know I’m in Washington state filming Sweet Retreats in Seattle and Whidbey Island. But between those two shoots, I’m doing something super fun!

First, the backstory: my younger sister, Tracy, went to the San Francisco Bay Area for a business trip and decided to take my mother along. Anne Syler just celebrated her 81st birthday so this trip is part present for her.

Sadly because life has us on the go so much and I live in New York,  we’re hardly ever in the same place.  When I told my mom I was going to be in Seattle she asked if we could get together.

“Oh mom, ” I said, “I wish we could. But Seattle is so far from San Francisco and I only have one day off between the two shoots. So I’m not going to be able to make it down there.”

Or am I??

Now for the surprise.

I wrapped the Whidbey Island shoot on Thursday and sprinted to the airport to catch a late night flight from Seattle to San Francisco.

I turned up at the hotel, and surprised the heck out of my mother! But wait. There’s MORE!

Tracy and I are treating mom to lunch on The Napa Valley Wine Train! I so wanted to do this when we were filming here last year but just couldn’t manage it. But this will be better since it will be leisure and fun.

The Napa Valley Wine Train gives guests a unique view of the beautiful vineyards and landscape of the California Wine country. The trip is a relaxing 36 miles from downtown Napa to the cute little village of St. Helena on board either the 1915- 1917 Pullman Dining Car or the 1952 Vista Dome Car  which have been beautifully restored to the glory and glamour of yesteryear.

Tracy, mom and I will be dining on board while taking in the sights and I’m so excited. I truly think this is going to be a birthday celebration mom remembers forever!

You don’t have to be with me physically to come along for the ride. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as I’ll be posting beautiful shots from our California Dreamin’ adventure and I’ll have a full write up when I return! In the meantime, take a peek at what’s coming up!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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My beautiful mother is celebrating a birthday! Here she is in Union Square in San Francisco, CA.

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