California has always felt like the other side of the world to me (says the person who would fly 23 odd hours to South East Asia in a heartbeat). So when a friend suggested Napa for her birthday, how could I resist temptation? I mean Napa/Sonoma in late Fall? Wine? Cheese? More wine? Awesome girlfriends! More wine! Saying no was never an option!
Took abit of planning and coordinating but flying into San Francisco from Trinidad, New York and Boston seemed easy peasy…until we each had flight delays. This obviously messed up the start time for our wine drinking! And damn you American Airlines for damaging my beloved suitcase! RIP my well-travelled friend; we’ve had some good years together!
With a much later scheduled start, we ended up treating ourselves firstly by upgrading to a Navigator to cruise the valley…honestly we were five young women with luggage, we needed it! But thanks to our trusty GPS, recalculating after meeting traffic on the freeway, we were taken on a scenic route zig zagging through the streets of San Francisco first. You would swear it was a wild goose chase across town to find the Golden Gate Bridge!
Well thank you GPS for the free tour and an extra hour to our destination. Squeezing in a wine tasting today suddenly seemed futile. We did however forget all that on sighting the majestic Golden Gate Bridge (woohoo that’s now off my bucketlist!), we were on our way…in the right direction!
Suddenly the reality of being here kicked in. Many photos were taken but there we were all wondering where the heck was all the fog people talked about? It was such a clear, crisp sunny day…guess we lucked out?
We continued through the “rainbow” tunnel, beautiful redwoods, past scenic towns such as San Rafael and Petaluma before pastures of cows and sheep started greeting us. I admit that did put me in the mood for lamb (note to self – dinner!).
Casa Vina tucked away amongst the vineyards in Sonoma County was the house we rented for our time in wine country.
It seemed out of a magazine the instant we pulled up in front. I love when a place is exactly like the photos shown online!
This amazing house I would recommend to anyone who wants to wake up to a beautiful sunrise and vineyards all around.
Not to mention the early morning sounds of either a goose or a donkey from somewhere close…took us two days to realise it was a donkey, our morning alarm!
Never mind, we were on a high, ahead were four days of total drunkness from wine tastings, cheese house hopping, fantastic food, unfreakingbelievable sceneries and a spa day complete with naked mud bath to end our birthday celebrations in Napa/Sonoma Valley. And this was our home away from home we absolutely fell in love with!