Roadtrip to Napa/Sonoma…the beginning!


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!

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge finally!

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge finally!

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!).

Fields of cows suddenly greeted us!

Fields of cows suddenly greeted us!

Casa Vina tucked away amongst the vineyards in Sonoma County was the house we rented for our time in wine country.

Home away from home!

Home away from home!

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!

Casa Vina with our Navigator (nicknamed Bertha) in front.

Casa Vina with our Navigator (nicknamed Bertha) in front.

Casa Vina's cozy inside.

Casa Vina’s cozy inside.

The sweet kitchen I was not going to have time to cook in!

The sweet kitchen I was not going to have time to cook in!

This amazing house I would recommend to anyone who wants to wake up to a beautiful sunrise and vineyards all around.

Sunrise from the back gazebo

Sunrise from the back gazebo

Perfect to cozy up with a good book and glass of wine!

Perfect to cozy up with a good book and glass of wine!

View from the front door.

View from the front door.

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!

The quiet and peaceful outside...now where is the donkey hiding?

The quiet and peaceful outside…now where is the donkey hiding?

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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!

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1 Reply

  1. So it was a donkey!!!

    Love all the photos!! What a cute cottage you guys rented! More please!

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