The hubs and I spent a few days in the gorgeous Sonoma, California this past weekend and it was so lovely that I had to share! After countless people telling us to beware of how awful the weather would be (apparently it is their cold and wet season) we were almost beside ourselves with joy that it was sunny with pure blue skies the entire weekend! Hooray! The only other time we visited wine country was almost two years ago in May. The weather was perfect and the vineyards were bright as could be. We stayed in Napa Valley and really only frequented vineyards in that little bubble so with just a day and half to spare this trip, we decided to experience something fresh and different than before (even though we absolutely loved Napa). Sonoma was the winner!
We arrived Friday afternoon, checked into the hotel and headed straight to the Sonoma Square. It is a perfect little square filled with adorable shops & boutiques, fabulous restaurants, and even a few of the cutest little tasting rooms you ever did see. My sweet friend, Jane, recommended El Dorado Kitchen for dinner and it was scrum-diddly-umptious! The entire menu is sort of the “farm to table” with an uber fresh vibe and the decor is Fixer Upper meets Restoration Hardware. So basically, to say I was obsessed is an understatement. We had a lovely experience and I highly recommend the tortilla soup, pork belly, and apple pie tartine.
At dinner on Friday night, I enjoyed the most refreshing glass of Brut Rosé; and what do you know? That glass of rosé came from a vineyard just a few miles up the road at the lovely Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. We beelined to Gloria Ferrer bright and early Saturday where spent most of the morning basking on the sundrenched patio that overlooks their vineyard and drinking flight(s) of bubbly. Pure perfection if you ask me. After (a little too much) bubbly, we went into town for pizza at Mary’s and she did not disappoint. We walked a block to walk off a calorie or two, and back on the vineyard hunt we went. We read great reviews online about Buena Vista Winery and decided to try it out. Imagine a French chateau circa the mid 1800’s with a babbling brook, green vines and bulb lights for days all nestled into the most magical little piece of land. We tasted the premium wine flight (the Pinot Noir was my fave) inside and then enjoyed a glass of bubbly on the gorgeous terrace. I could have stayed all night. As we were heading out, we ran into one of Wilson’s friends from college. Naturally, I was commenting on how cute the riding boots were on the toddler he was holding when Wilson was like “I know him! That’s Pete!” Such a small world when you really think about it! We stayed and chatted for a bit with Pete, his gorgeous wife, Molleigh, and their adorable girls Collette & Camilla (name game strong in this fam). After our run in, we decided to head back to the hotel for a little r&r, room service, a movie, and more champs.
Sunday morning we drove back to San Fran over non other than the gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge. The last time we drove her, it was so foggy and you could hardly see a few feet ahead of you so this was a real treat. We drove straight to the famous Lombard Street (yes, we are tourists). If you haven’t seen or driven down Lombard, it is a San Fran must do! My bestie, Taylor, recommended that we try brunch at Sweet Maple, a cozy little breakfast spot in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Apparently we weren’t the only ones with this idea (or maybe it’s that Sweet Maple is ranked super high on best SF brunch). We waited for about an hour and boy, was it worth it! Sweet Maple made me wish it was socially acceptable to eat breakfast for every meal for the rest of my life! I highly recommend the morning tacos, the deep fried french toast, and the mimosas! Duh! Then off to the airport we went, full bellies and hearts after a perfect weekend together. Enjoy the photos and get to Sonoma the next chance you get!