Vacation – Wine Country

Hello, hello! Hey, guess what? Tomorrow’s Friday!!! I’m ready for the weekend, even though I don’t have anything planned—just “the usual,” but has anyone ever not been pumped for a weekend?

Thanks for commiserating with me yesterday. While I’m not quite so tired today (I made it to bed by 9:30 last night!), I still had an interesting day. Let’s just say it involved my skirt, a split zipper, and a clothing drop-off at work by Chris—yes, only me folks.

Anyway, you didn’t come here to listen to me talk about my busted Target skirt, did you? 😉

If you missed part one of my vacation re-cap, you can read it here!


Day 3

Chris and I were up bright and early because we knew we wanted to get on the road at a reasonable time to continue our vacation in wine country! After breakfast, showers, and getting everything packed up, we started heading for Santa Rosa.

One thing that Chris really wanted to do was see some redwood trees. We couldn’t go to the “official” redwood forest (with the trees that you can drive through), because it was about four hours away; however, we made a pit stop at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

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We spent a little while wandering around the reserve. It was so quiet—like a quiet that I had never experienced before!

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After our time at Armstrong, we headed back towards the Santa Rosa-area and picked up a quick lunch before checking into our hotel, The Flamingo.

Next on our agenda was a couple’s massage at the spa that was adjacent to our hotel; it was heavenly!

We rounded out the day with dinner reservations at Stark’s Steak and Seafood. This restaurant was wonderful. Chris and I each got steak (queen cut for me, king cut for Chris), and we shared mashed potatoes + broccoli on the side.

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You all know me well enough to know that I didn’t pass up dessert; I had the warm chocolate soufflé cake. Perfection!


If you’re ever visiting Santa Rosa, I give Stark’s two thumbs up!

Day 4

Our last day of vacation was probably my favorite—wine tasting!

I booked a private tour for just Chris and myself through Gene at Healdsburg Area Winery Tours.

We made six stops throughout the day (with a break for lunch in the middle!). We visited Landmark, Deerfield Ranch, Imagery, Gloria Ferrer, Domaine Carneros, and Kenwood.

We also got some pretty fantastic pictures!

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We really, really enjoyed ourselves. Neither of us were big wine buffs (although we’re a little obsessed now!), so we got to try a lot of varieties that were new to us, and we liked almost everything we sampled. I definitely ended the day with a much greater love of wine!

If you ever find yourself in Santa Rosa/Sonoma, I highly suggest Healdsburg Area Winery Tour. I thought it was very reasonably priced for a private tour, and Gene totally took care of the planning for us. He literally just showed up at our hotel, and we were on our merry way for 6 hours!

Sadly, that’s where our vacation ended. :-( We spent all of the day Thursday flying back home, and thankfully had Friday off to tackle laundry/cleaning/etc.

Our time in Northern California was fantastic; we returned home with lots of fond memories!

Are you a wine drinker? What’s your favorite type? Prior to our tour, I usually went for white wines. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the reds that I tried though!

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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      It was definitely my favorite day of them all! I was happy that Chris really enjoyed it too. He wasn’t much of a wine drinker but now he’s all about it! :-)

  1. Stephanie @ My Freckled Life says:

    That looks like so much fun!! We have a lot of wineries in VA, and my in-laws are huge wine buffs, so I’ve definitely developed more of an appreciation for wine from them. But I’ve never been to any of the California wineries, which I here are both HUGE and beautiful! Definitely on my list of places to visit one day! I used to be a white wine only drinker, but I’ve found myself growing more and more into the reds. I guess it’s an acquired taste?
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  2. Diane @ Life of Di. says:

    One of my favorite parts of the Pacific Northwest and Northern Cali were the Redwood trees :) Gosh – they are just so gorgeous and mind boggling! Also, Marty and I stopped at the Deerfield Ranch too! They actually had a dry wine that was my favorite from the whole trip! I loved the wine cave. So fun!
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