Anniversary Trip – Part 4 – Wine Country

Friends suggested a place for breakfast so we mapped out our walk and headed that way. 2.5 mile later (all uphill practically) we arrived to find a long line wrapped around the building. So we walked back to the hotel (at least blessedly downhill this time!) and had a light breakfast — and a lot of ice water.

We drove across the bridge for some some sight seeing.

We then wiggled around on Highway 101. Okay, people, that road is nuts. And Eric enjoyed playing chased by spies maybe a TAD too much for my stomach. 😉

We decided to pull into Muir Beach to see the ocean. And again, just breathtaking. Beaches are a TAD bit different in this part of the country.

Then it was time to head on to wine country.

This time we were staying at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa. Neat place with individual cottages.

After being asked if we were hunting Pokemon (uh… no dude) we got a recommendation for lunch at a local shop. We had sandwiches by the pool before heading to meet Liz and Jason at V. Sattui. That place is seriously cool.

We all loaded up in Jason’s car and headed to Sterling Vineyards. This place had a …. drumroll… gondola! So I did get my gondola ride after all. This one was a self guided tour. Very modern feeling. Really enjoyed the laid back pace.

 

Then, just down the road we did a guided tour of Castello di Amorosa. What a place!

Now QUITE hungry — we headed back to Sonoma from Napa for dinner at one of Liz’s favorite places: Della Santinas Trattoria. It did not disappoint. Though I should have taken Liz’s suggestion and gotten the handmade gnocchi. YUM.

 

And at this point — we went to hotel and promptly collapsed, honestly.

Good food, Good wine, Good friends… Good day.

In the morning we headed to Sacremento to fly back home. An amazing whirlwind surprise VERY romantic trip. I’m one lucky woman.

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