Pack a Bag!
My husband got a little creative a couple of weekends ago. It just so happened to be Valentine's Day weekend, but this could be a lovely surprise anytime. He said, "Pack a Bag! We are going on an adventure!". He had me at "Pack!" I was sure to grab this must-have from EMME, we threw our bags in the trunk (just one night!), and we were off. We drove through the lovely greens, blues, yellows and blossoms of nearly springtime in Northern California. Scott had been up late planning and it turns out he had a very nice itinerary laid out for us in my hometown, Sacramento, just 90 minutes away.
Our first stop was to mid-town Sacramento, and one of my favorite lunch spots, Zocalo. They serve gourmet Mexican dishes with a sophisticated vibe. Look at the flowers and decor! It was an unusually warm day so we sidled up to a shady patio table. The sky was incredibly blue and it felt like full-blown spring in February.
Our next stop was a complete mystery. I actually grew up in the outskirts of Sacramento, in Loomis, but I spent lots of time in Sacramento. Driving around town is like a walk down memory lane with lots of memories. I pointed out a few facts: "That's where I went to dinner on my first date...that's where I got my first speeding ticket...that's where I took piano lessons...that's where my piano teacher had a cocktail before my piano lessons (he did!)". Despite my knowledge of the area, Scott had me guessing as to our next destination. He had a reservation, a time frame, and I needed comfortable shoes, though it wasn't a hike or the zoo (I was glad;). I guessed we were headed to the famed Crocker Art Museum, a worthy stop, but then he turned on this green bridge, and I was lost. (Pardon all the 'in motion' photography!).
We crossed the Sacramento River...
and wound our way to a burgeoning wine country.
It turns out Scott had plans for us to do some wine tasting at a Valentine's event at Miner's Leap Winery, on River Road, in Clarksburg. This winery is owned by the brother of a dear friend of ours in Chico.
They couldn't have planned more perfect weather. Miner's Leap had wine tasting, live music, a pizza truck, port and chocolate-all the essentials in this rustic, stylish atmosphere.
Owner Loyal (left) has a fun wine pouring scene at Miner's Leap.
Fun views along the river.
This was a "Pack a Bag" impromptu getaway, so Scott made a reservation in the high-rise downtown, Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn. When Scott was traveling to the state capitol, on a regular basis, he would stay here. They've updated the decor and I'm happy to report the bed and bedding are definitely upgraded and luxurious. It's also the perfect location for exploring Old Sacramento, (just a quick walk), the Capitol and mid-town, filled with bistros and boutiques.
After checking into our room with a view, we dressed for dinner. I wore a little black trapeze dress, in chiffon. It was so warm I broke out the strappy sandals and my DVF clutch.
It was a lovely surprise!
Scott selected a romantic favorite, The Firehouse, in Old Sacramento, for our dinner. They were serving a gastronomic 'prix fixe' Valentine's Day dinner with five courses, I think. I lost count. In the spirit of romance, I left the camera behind, but we enjoyed every last bite of this gourmet experience. Thank you to the Firehouse for the beautiful table for our Valentine's Dinner. Here's a peek at their delectable menu.
Flash forward to the next morning as we made our way to a newer spot in town, The Porch, for a southern style brunch. The service was warm and friendly. I had cornmeal fried avocados with my scrambled eggs. Don't judge me. I know it sounds decadent, but it was celebratory weekend. They were ToDieFor! We Californians love our avocados, any way we can get them. The Porch also serves their famous brunch drinks in 'punch bowls' see above, so very southern. I Do Declare!!
In the end, we also had some car shopping to do to replace Scott's SUV that was totaled in a recent accident. Thanks for all the kind words expressed. It was a scary time, but he came out without a scratch, thankfully. All is well that ends well. #newcar
As for our weekend, the experience of having Scott plan the destination, and all the details of our getaway, added a fun twist to our trip. It made it more exciting for both of us. He told me that once he got the ball rolling on his plans, he was excited to share the fun with me. For me, it felt good to give up planning, and control, and just be taken care of. When looking to add a little spark to your relationship, I suggest creating surprises for each other. It adds an extra element of fun and care.The beauty is, next time it's my turn to plan for him. #packabag!
I know Scott isn't the only one who planned a surprise getaway for the weekend. One of my dear readers, Karen, planned a beautiful getaway for her husband, and it was such fun to hear the details. Looking to spice things up? Plan a surprise-even if it's a carpet picnic on a snow day.
When was the last time you planned a surprise for someone you love?
PS- I was invited to a Blogger Event/Fashion Show with Kate Upton in San Francisco tonight. I have a work day tomorrow, and it's a 3 hour drive, so I'll have to pass. I was so tempted! Any blogger friends going?