Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sonoma Valley - Food, Wine, Fun.

We arrived in Sonoma area yesterday after a long day of travel on Tuesday. Actually we were due to fly Monday via Chicago but the flight was delayed and we would have missed the connection. So we flew the next day getting up at 4am and flying over 5 hours with the little ones. Unfortunately I got sick after arriving why do I say all of this, well because as me and hubby joked about how hard it was traveling with the kids today made it all worth it :-)

When we booked the trip Napa hotels were crazy expensive so we decided to stay in Santa Rosa. It's a great little town in Sonoma county California. Today we drove down the scenic highway 12 and stopped at Saint Jean vineyard you can see me tasting wines in the top picture. This was a beautiful place with lovely gardens, knowledgeable staff and top notch wines.

Lovely vineyards here and there are so many in both Sonoma and Napa area it's best to just pick a couple and enjoy them especially with kids. Also pace yourself with tastings :-)

For lunch we headed north of Santa Rosa to the Russian River growing area. We ate at a great restaurant called The Cork at the Indian River vineyard. Great farm like area with nice outside seating, it's own chickens and old world decor.

Old truck there

Bay area sea bass this was excellent

Cool pizza oven

Pretty bridge on another scenic drive to Healdsburg

California cows, this region produces great cheese, yogurt and butter :-)

Healdsburg great little town with tasting rooms, great restaurants and antique shops.

Bacon cupcakes !

An evening farmers market there, adore the local produce culture.

In the evening we headed back to Santa Rosa and went downtown to a lovely event called Wednesday market. It is a farmers market complete with live music, food trucks and fun for the kids.

Our daughter coming down the slide :-) so mummy and daddy enjoyed the vineyards in the day then kids had fun later :-)

Fig and bacon pizza made in outdoor oven so good. The food trucks had great fresh foods at a reasonable price a must do.

Today was magic and I forget all about the difficulties of travel and being sick. Thanks for coming along :-)

Hugs Rebecca

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