Guide to Napa With Claiborne Swanson Frank
Photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank’s debut book, American Beauty, is her vision of modern American beauty and style. The book, published by Assouline, is a portfolio of stunning portraiture that celebrates America’s new creative guard.
“I am wildly proud of the book. It was birthed from a dream and to see it actualized is still a trip; I’m still pinching myself,” says Swanson Frank.
Swanson Frank’s photography not only captures women in their greatest beauty, it also highlights the beauty of America’s landscape. Swanson Frank’s self-portrait (pictured above) was taken on Hennessey Lake in Napa Valley, California. Swanson Frank grew up in San Francisco and has a house in Napa Valley where her family owns and operates Swanson Vineyards.
“Napa is one of the most beautiful locations in the world, surrounded by mountains and endless vineyards with some of the best restaurants and wineries in the world. You can go for a hike or get a facial, it’s the most amazing mix of beauty and culture,” says Swanson Frank.
Claiborne Swanson Frank’s Guide to Napa Valley:
To Sleep: Auberge du Soleil “It’s so romantic!”
To Do: Hike in Sulphur Springs, take a beautiful bike ride on Silverado Trail (from Napa to Calistoga), drive Highway 29 and stop along the way to shop and walk around the small towns.
To Wear: A sundress, or jeans and a t-shirt. Napa Valley is extremely laidback, which is nice.
Don’t leave Napa without… wine from Swanson Vineyards.
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