Monday, July 27, 2015

Vacation Time: Napa & Sonoma

After the stress of boards we knew we wanted to get out of town on our first family trip and we had such a good time I can't believe it. Thanks to my mom's time share we put in a few requests for a trade and ended up with a fabulous resort in Napa, CA.

We spent half our time in Napa and Sonoma (another post coming soon about the other half). Mark did so well on the plane so we obviously treated him to In N Out as soon as we got out of the city. Our resort had it's own vineyard which we made sure to include on our list of wine tasting locations. And made perfect use of the stroller cupholder for the red blend we bought to enjoy by the pool after.

We dined on a few home cooked meals thanks to a full kitchen in our condo but made sure to fill our bellies in town too. Burgers & beers by the water (or lack there of thanks to the drought), pancakes, eggs benny & breakfast burritos from local and chain places, double scoops of ice cream, and a massive pizza to share all made the list.
We did two full days of wine tastings (and only paid for one thanks to the owners meeting we sat in on the first day) and to be honest, I don't think we would have wanted to do any more than that without the babe anyways. After 8 total wineries we have a much better idea of what we like and what we don't. Two dessert wines (a white and a red) made the journey home with us and I can't wait to enjoy them some day in the future remembering our trip. We visited a winery in an Italian-inspired castle (and weren't too impressed after Ireland), a few more popular places, and one that specialized in pinot noir. We had a picnic lunch under shaded trees the first day, Mark napped in the Boba while I sipped cool white wine, drank lots of bottles (Mark and us!) and we wandered along rows and rows of grapes. 

Stay tuned for part two of our trip coming soon!
Wineries
Castello di Amorosa // Beringer // Sutter Home // V. Sattui
Jacuzzi Family // Artesa // Etude // Trinitas Cellar
Restaurants of note
Downtown Joes // Filippi's Pizza Grotto // Alexis Baking Company
Accommodations 
Vino Bello Resort

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