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The Valleys of Sonoma

  • November 12, 2013
  • By Brittany
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The Valleys of Sonoma

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!

View from Sheraton

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.

Iron Horse 2

They had the cutest pumpkin display on the way in to the outdoor tasting area!

Iron Horse 1

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!

Iron Horse 3

Iron Horse Collage

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!

Lynmar 1

The patio overlooking the garden was amazing!

Lynmar 2

Gorgeous!

Lynmar 3

Lynmar 4

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! 😉

Lynmar 5

I think we could have stayed under our yellow umbrella gazing at the garden all afternoon!

Lynmar 6

The grapes even grew above our heads!

Lynmar Collage

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! 

Copain 1

Copain 3

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! 

Copain 4

Another spot where we could have stayed all afternoon.  

Copain 2

Yeah, it was tough to leave!

Copain 5

Our last winery of the day was Valley of the Moon.

Valley of the Moon 1

 

The trees at Valley of the Moon were so gorgeous and the whites there were quite delicious!

Valley of the Moon 4

Of course we had to indulge in some more cheese.  When in Sonoma . . . 

Valley of the Moon 2

Ahhhh nothing like relaxing at the vineyards!

Valley of the Moon 3

After a long day of wine tasting, we headed out to dinner, which you can read all about here!

Dinner

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!

Biking 1

Biking 2

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?

By Brittany, November 12, 2013
0 Comments
  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 12, 2013

    Everything is gorgeous! And you know how much I wish I’d been in your suitcase. Also I’m kind of obsessing over your necklace. I love it!

    Favourite place is San Francisco which I hope to live in one day!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 12, 2013

    Everything is gorgeous! And you know how much I wish I’d been in your suitcase. Also I’m kind of obsessing over your necklace. I love it!

    Favourite place is San Francisco which I hope to live in one day!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 12, 2013

    Everything is gorgeous! And you know how much I wish I’d been in your suitcase. Also I’m kind of obsessing over your necklace. I love it!

    Favourite place is San Francisco which I hope to live in one day!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 12, 2013

    Everything is gorgeous! And you know how much I wish I’d been in your suitcase. Also I’m kind of obsessing over your necklace. I love it!

    Favourite place is San Francisco which I hope to live in one day!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    November 12, 2013

    Oh you make me want to go to Cali more and more with each post!! You look so cute, and I just adore your necklace!! The pictures are fantastic and the cheese…nom nom. yummy!

  • Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    November 12, 2013

    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!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 12, 2013

    Gorgeous pictures! The wine country is just so darn relaxing. I love it out here!

  • Kimberly
    November 12, 2013

    Gosh! Now I really cannot wait to go to CA. I plan on going at the end of July for the BlogHer Conference. Are you planning to attend FitBloggin or BlogHer next year?

    Oh.. and you and the hubby are too cute. 🙂

  • Cailee Joy @ http://www.hellohealthyeating.com
    November 12, 2013

    Wow!! This looks so beautiful!! I love your outfit btw… so adorable!

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    November 12, 2013

    What a beautiful trip you had! And I always love your outfits… I’m dying for that turquoise necklace!

  • Allie
    November 12, 2013

    Oh wow! That looks absolutely amazing. Truly. The food, the wine, the atmosphere – all of it. I also love all your outfits!! My fav part of course was the biking. Love it!!

  • Nikki Rae
    November 12, 2013

    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.

  • Carla
    November 12, 2013

    What a great trip you had! I would love the view of the marina too but would so want to go sailing. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try.

    The winery you chose does look relaxing.

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    November 12, 2013

    Oh my goodness…I seriously can’t believe how absolutely gorgeous your pictures are! What a wonderful trip. I also love your white peplum top outfit. SO cute!! 🙂

  • Nicole
    November 13, 2013

    I LOVE Sonoma, and you’re making me want to go back there ASAP!

    SAN DIEGO!!!! I absolutely loved living there and am super excited because I’m making the trip back in a couple weeks for Thanksgiving.

  • catherine gacad
    November 13, 2013

    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.

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