This past Sunday my husband and I returned home from a week long road trip to the Sonoma/Napa area. We ventured down to Portland, over to the Oregon Coast, down to the Redwoods, across to Davis, and then on to the wine country. We drove many miles, ate lots, got to know some new folks, met up with friends and family, camped, hiked, ran, and drank lots of wine. It was divine. I want to go back already even though it was the second time in only the past two years. Or better yet, move to Sonoma Valley. I think I was meant to live there…
I tried to capture some of the highlights of our adventures. Enjoy.
Simply amazing. Salted caramel and pistachio macarons from Petite Provence in Portland. I could hardly resist ordering all of their magnificent flavors; however, I am not sure my husband would have approved…
Brey Bed & Breakfast in Lincoln City, OR. Cute, old-fashioned accommodations with a delicious, homemade breakfast composed of German pancakes, fresh syrups and jams, fruit, turkey sausage, and a small slice of a family cheesecake recipe. Cheesecake for breakfast? Yes please!
Beautiful (but windy) beach in Lincoln City, OR.
Recommendations from said Bed & Breakfast not so good. Sea Basket in Charleston, OR. Desired outcome: charming hole in wall, local joint. Result: epic lunch fail.
One of the last Oregon Beaches before entering the Golden State.
Amazing falafel at Jimmy’s Deli in Lakesport, CA. Highly recommend checking out if ever in the area. Their menu is pretty diverse. It includes, deli sandwiches, BBQ, Mediterranean, and Mexican. But don’t let that scare you off, they are a local favorite. And Jimmy himself was right there behind the counter and clearing tables.
Jimmy’s outdoor BBQ. Grillin’ right outside.
Sunflower Caffe. Sonoma, CA. Love. Sipped on a green smoothie while relaxing on their garden patio.
Zazu. Farm-to-table, northern Italian inspired restaurant just outside of Santa Rose. Excellent gnocchi, greens, and chicken. Highly recommend the beef shank over polenta with marscapone. The best dish at our table. Wish I had a photo…
The Girl & Fig in Sonoma. My favorite. Stonefruit crisp with lemon verbana ice cream. Take me back. Ordered the special which was artic char with roasted squash and potatoes. Still thinking about it.
First time drinking an Americano in a bowl. Highly recommend Wild Wood Market Cafe in Gratin near Sebastopol (which I would also recommend checking out).
Final stop before home at Deschutes Brewery and Public House in Bend, OR. Excellent beer, service, and best black bean burger ever (seriously). And candied hops on the side salad? Delicious.
The following are photos from the various wineries we visited. We also stopped at V. Sattui in Napa for picnic per a recommendation from family. Other than that we spent most of our time in the lovely Sonoma Valley.
Beautiful winery in the Russian River Valley but the name is escaping me right now…
Siduri Cellars in Santa Rosa. Lots of wines at the tasting and a great tour to finish off. Reservations necessary but free tasting.
Quivira. Beautiful winery in the Dry Creek Valley. Organic grapes, biodynamic practices, chickens, bees, and beautiful gardens.
Porter Creek Vineyards. Excellent wines. Casual tasting room and beautiful scenery.
Lavender fields at Matanzas Creek Winery. Fairly good wines and bocce courts which we did not have a chance to utilize unfortunately – next time.
The handsome hubby at our picnic outside V. Sattui in Napa. Great deli, however, extremely busy and chaotic.
Other recommendations in Sonoma include:
- Amista Winery (Dry Creek Valley) – wine tasting
- Kendall Jackson (Santa Rosa) – wine tasting
- Wild Sage Delicatessen (Healdsburg) – lunch
- Flying Goat Coffee (Healdsburg & Santa Rosa) – coffee/pastries (some vegan and gluten-free)/bagels
- Diavolo (Geyserville) – wood-fired oven pizzas; order the Sonja with a salad and glass of wine
This was such a wonderful adventure and I feel as though we truly experiences Sonoma to its’ finest. Excellent locally sourced food, delicious wine, and beautiful landscape.