Last week, I shared pictures from the first three days of our California vacation. Here’s the recap of the remainder of our wonderful trip! (Though the title name is a bit of a misnomer since we left San Francisco and spent the rest of the time in Wine Country/the Redwoods). Here’s the recap:
Day 4 (Sunday)
After an incredible 3 days in San Fran, we drove to Sonoma and checked into our B&B, The Victorian Garden Inn. The B&B was just a few blocks from the historic Sonoma Square, a quaint square with restaurants, wine tasting rooms, and a park in the middle. We walked around the square then went to lunch at Sunflower, a cute (and delicious) cafe. John indulged in a nutella waffle “sandwich” for dessert, and on the walk back, I enjoyed a chai tea latte while perusing the local bookstore.
We then headed to the Castello di Amorosa vineyard, which was at the far end of Napa. We drove through vineyard after vineyard (they weren’t kidding calling it Wine Country!)… a gorgeous drive on another sunny day. The vineyard was a huge castle with farm animals out front. We were afraid it was going to be Disney-ish but it was actually an excellent tour. The entire castle was in authentic Italian style, with relics imported from Italy from the 13th century. The owner spent a decade preparing to build it authentically and every fixture was hand-forged over fire by blacksmiths. The tour guide was very informative, basic enough for us to grasp everything while still learning a lot about wine. The tour was an hour through the castle, learning the wine making process, and the tasting was 45 minutes. Their Pinot Noir was our favorite, and we bought a bottle to bring to dinner with us. We went to dinner at La Salette, a wonderful Portuguese restaurant in Sonoma Square.
Day 5 (Monday)
On Monday we drove to Armstrong Woods in the Redwood Reserve, about an hour and a half away from Sonoma. Again the drive was beautiful! Once we arrived, we started walking the Pioneer Trail, which led us past the Parson Jones tree, the tallest Redwood at 310 feet, and the Colonel Armstrong tree, the oldest Redwood at 1400 years. Crazy!
The forest was stunning with the height of the trees and the stillness. It was very cold at the bottom of the forest, but as we approached the top, it started warming up. The Pioneer Trail was only 2.5 miles so we decided to do a portion of the East Ridge Trail as well. The East Ridge Trail was 5 miles total, but we only did about 2 because it was so strenuously uphill! As we descended, though, I was so glad we toughed it out. The base was so pretty with a small waterfall and huge tree trunks. Plus we were the only ones in sight. We circled back around on the Pioneer Trail and headed back to the B&B, ready for a long nap!
That afternoon, we enjoyed the rest of our wine from the vineyard in the rocking chairs on the B&B’s porch. We then walked to dinner at the Oyster Bar, just past Sonoma Square, for a wonderful last dinner of our California trip!
Day 6 (Tuesday)
On Tuesday, we enjoyed sleeping in, reflecting on our trip, and eating the lovely breakfast that was brought to our room. We then headed to the airport to return home to Atlanta, thankful for an amazing trip together!