For those of you that are reading along and know me personally, you’ll know that I’ve had a complete fear of flying for, well, my entire life. As I enter my (cringe), late twenties, however, I’m realizing that my fears are only holding me back from amazing adventures and well, a lot of fun.
As most of you probably know, my husband and I are newlyweds and recently got married in New Jersey this past August (2016) at Crystal Springs Resort (review to come). We decided to take a honeymoon vacation right after our wedding which was such a great decision. If you speak with other married couples, they’ll always tell you that a vacation right after a year of wedding planning is a necessity. My husband and I (still feels weird to say/type), ventured out to Northern California for a little over a week. It was my first time there (I know I know), and it was truly incredible.
Our trip started from New York and we flew into San Francisco Airport (it was crazy expensive to fly into any airports closer to Sonoma and there were no direct flights either). The flight was about 6 hours from JFK>SFO. From there, we rented a car for the week (Hertz) and headed to Sonoma (40 minute drive from SFO tops). And yes, my husband splurged and decided that a Shelby Mustang GT 500 (it was actually an awesome car) was a necessity. The joke for the week was that every time we valeted our car, they’d ask if it was ours (until they saw the Hertz rental on the side, that is).
Sonoma, CA was absolutely breathtaking (photo above). We didn’t end up venturing to Napa which sounded like a good idea in theory, however Sonoma had tons to do and see, and we figured it wasn’t worth risking the drive while tasting lots of delicious wines along the way! I could totally have stayed in Sonoma for the entire week. The weather was perfection and let me just tell you that I could definitely get used to a wine and cheese diet for the rest of eternity.
Lodging: We stayed at The Lodge at Sonoma, one of the most gorgeous hotels! Close enough to the town square, but nestled back from the street for privacy. There are two pools, a hot tub and private spa. The tour guides at the hotel were amazing as well. Super knowledgable, Sonoma locals, that offered great advice on what places to explore and what can be skipped (it can be overwhelming with some much to do, especially when you’re eager to do it all)!
Recommended Places to Eat in the Sonoma Town Square:
Favorite Vineyards and Tasting Rooms:
Hanzell Vineyards (photos above) – We took a private tour and it was totally worth it. We went across the entire property, got a tasting in the main house and the wine was incredible. I’m not a huge white wine drinker, but their Chardonnay is to die for. We even shipped a case home because we loved it so much!
Benziger Family Winery – Was much more family friendly. We rode around the vineyard in a big tractor and heard a lot of factual information about the wine making and history of the vineyard. We also toured the wine caves which was so cool.
Chateau St. Jean – Views, views, views. We absolutely loved this stop. We did the charcuterie/wine pairing and let me tell you, I have completely fallen in love with charcuterie boards. Ask any of my co-workers, It’s all I talk about when lunch rolls around 😉
And lastly, they have the cutest Snapchat filters, ever. Are you following along with me?
Have you ventured to Northern California before? Where are your favorite spots? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to go back there um, as soon as possible, please!