Hey guys! We’ve reached the fourth and final stop on my California road trip! It only took me about a month to post all the stops! Hahaha! Oh well, I didn’t want to bombard you with too many travel posts all at once. Our fourth and final stop on this whirlwind trip was to Sonoma Valley! We had actually planned to head to Yosemite for hiking but because of the government shutdown, the park was not open! So instead of fresh air and fitness we chose lots of eating and drinking, naturally. In case you missed any of my previous recaps, you can catch up on Big Sur, Laguna Beach and Palm Springs!
We stayed at the Sheraton in Petaluma. It was a nice, standard Sheraton. The view of the marina from our room was pretty cool!
I selected a few wineries in Sonoma I had read about in Food and Wine Magazine. I was looking for wineries that were a little less commercial and allowed us some time to relax and enjoy the scenery. I think we succeeded! The first stop was to Iron Horse where we indulged in their sparkling wine tasting.
They had the cutest pumpkin display on the way in to the outdoor tasting area!
But you really could not beat the amazing views at this place! Iron Horse is situated on a hill so you have these beautiful panoramic views!
After our champagne breakfast, we headed off to Lynmar Estates. Food and Wine has described a lovely garden at this winery but I don’t think it did it justice!
The patio overlooking the garden was amazing!
The garden had real vegetables in it like this kale and some beautiful red chard! I’ll spare you the thousands of photos I took of the flowers! 😉
I think we could have stayed under our yellow umbrella gazing at the garden all afternoon!
The grapes even grew above our heads!
But alas, we had a reservation at our next winery and we had to pry ourselves out of our sun-soaked chairs to make it to the next winery!
You need a reservation to visit Copain for a tasting but it’s well worth the effort. Each tasting is accompanied by this yummy cheese plate, which perfectly match their delicious pinot noirs! You get very personal attention and a table is set for you when you arrive. VIP treatment for sure! Of course the views weren’t bad here either!
Another spot where we could have stayed all afternoon.
The trees at Valley of the Moon were so gorgeous and the whites there were quite delicious!
Of course we had to indulge in some more cheese. When in Sonoma . . .
Ahhhh nothing like relaxing at the vineyards!
After a long day of wine tasting, we headed out to dinner, which you can read all about here!
Before heading off to San Fran airport, the Hubs and I just had to go for a ride through the vineyards. The views were outstanding! Plus, we needed to work off some cheese!
And that my friends concludes our whirlwind trip through California. I love Cali so much! It never fails to provide the most amazing vacations. The views, the food and the people are all fantastic. I can’t wait to go again soon! I’m thinking San Diego next time and definitely Yosemite (as long as there are no more shutdowns!).
Readers, have you ever been to Sonoma? Do you enjoy wine tasting? What’s your favorite place in California?
Wow, what an unbelievable and magical place! All of the pictures you took are absolutely gorgeous! What a fun trip. I want to head to California now….especially because we’re expecting snow this weekend!
I’m a Cali girl so there are a number of great places I would recommend visiting. To stay on your wine theme, I love Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, and Paso Robles. San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles would be a great trip for a little of everything. SLO has a pretty cool drive-in theater if you are craving a little nostalgia.
it’s funny, i’m always up in wine country (was just there last weekend) and have yet to go to the wineries that you mentioned in this post. crazy! that’s what’s so great about napa/sonoma…so many different places to fall in love with. glad you had a great time.