It has been wayyyy too long and I have truly missed this fun space. My youngest daughter finally went back to school last week ( can we say longest summer ever) and I feel like I now have some long stretches of time to work on my blog. Hurray!
I have so many things I want to share with you, including our fun summer travels to the south ( I have a new favorite place that I can’t wait to share with you and can’t wait to go back to), fall fashion picks I’m loving, and I would like to share what we are doing with our backyard. We (my dad) tore down an old greenhouse in our yard and we’ve had almost all of our old landscaping taken out. I look forward to doing a blog post about the transformation sometime this fall. In the meantime, I would like to share this past weekend with you. My husband and I spent Labor Day weekend in the wine country celebrating our anniversary and I would like to tell you about a hotel we always enjoy and about some special wineries we visited.
We decided to head up to the Sonoma wine country where we enjoyed a very peaceful and relaxing stay at the Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.
One of my favorite things about this hotel is the beautiful landscaping and the meandering paths. The hotel hosts a nice wine tasting every night in the lobby, which is a nice treat, but we didn’t get a chance to participate this time around.
The pink buildings are so charming and the hotel grounds are so quaint with quiet sitting areas for relaxing or for picnic-ing with a new bottle of wine. Hanging flower pots and mature trees abound and all add to the special feeling of this historic hotel.
I’m a huge fan of ivy covered buildings and I’m in love with this one.
One of two adult pools at the hotel. This one is right next to the spa where you can enjoy one of many water treatments/therapies they offer.
This watsu pool was our favorite. The pool is about 90 degrees and you relax using noodles to hold yourself up gracefully….me, not so much. Underwater music adds to the calming experience of this pool.
Cafe La Haye. My favorite restaurant in Sonoma. This is my go to place every time we visit this charming town. Always fresh and delicious, and the owner, Saul Gropman, couldn’t be more welcoming. And those darling glasses he wears…so cute.
Side note: If they are booked, get there early and grab a seat at the small bar and watch the chef work his magic in the Cafe’s very clean and well run kitchen. Don’t let the word cafe scare you off…it’s no cafe, it is a very charming spot for dinner.
No trip to the Sonoma Valley or Napa Valley would be complete without a bit of wine tasting. We went to a few new places this weekend and none of them disappointed.
A very personalized and special tasting at Repris Winery. Up Moon Mountain Road for two miles on a one lane road and you eventually find yourself at the gate of Repris. Reservations only and a wonderful place to spend 90 minutes. You are greeted with a glass of wine upon your arrival and then you are taken by ATV to explore the vineyards and to learn more about Repris. After your ATV tour you are escorted into the Repris caves for a few more tastings and then upstairs to finish up the tasting with a few more samples along with some delicious nibbles.
The next day we were off to Gundlach-Bundschu for a tasting. We didn’t have a reservation and they happily escorted us into their tasting room for a delicious experience. This is a great place to stop for a snack as they have a pretty picnic area where you can enjoy your wine with some cheese and crackers…..they sell cheese in their tasting room. No shortage of history or friendliness here.
Read all about Gun-Bun, as they are called, here.
Our next stop after Gundlach-Bundschu was the trendy and hip Scribe Winery.
If you want history and a traditional tasting, head to Gundlach, if you want young and un-traditional, head to Scribe.
Located on a lovely hilltop overlooking the vineyard this winery is just a driveway away from Gundlach making it easy to experience two completely different wineries in a very short period of time.
Instead of having a traditional tasting room, Scribe seats their guests at a picnic table where you sample wines overlooking their beautiful vineyards. On a beautiful day it can’t be beat.
Where do you enjoy going in the wine country? Do you prefer the Sonoma Valley or the Napa Valley?
What are your favorite wineries….please tell. 🙂
In case you missed my post about the darling wine country town of Yountville. You can read about my favorites in Yountville here.