As promised, the long weekend in Sonoma Valley was just as we had hoped. There is nothing like a quick getaway to refresh and rejuvenate and we did just that. Sonoma is one of our favorite spots and here are a few tips for your next getaway to the wine country.
El Dorado Kitchen~(on the square in Sonoma) we adore the patio on a warm day. The interiors are sleek with a rustic twist~perfect for the wine region. The chop salad is perfection!
The Fig Cafe (Glen Ellen)~we hit this hidden gem on Friday evening just before the rush of locals in the know. We had Kristie, the same server we had 8 years ago.
Saddles at MacArthur Place was a more upscale spot to to catch up with dear friends over dinner. They let us linger for hours.
*Stay: The Gaige House in Glen Ellen. Book the Zen suites if possible This joie de vivre boutique hotel is one of our long time favorites. ("Chips picks" has some great deals~Scott booked this stay months ago for us on the website). Gaige House is another favorite booking site with soundtracks to enhance your travel experience. The addition of the Zen suites makes it a spectacular stay with a lovely breakfast included. Our concierge, Anne, was very knowledgeable and shares my love of being inspired by beautiful blogs. Bamboo lined walkway, luxurious linens, granite soaking tub, walk-in double shower, fireplace, sitting area, patio with loungers, and a zen atrium with a fountain that soothes the soul......bliss. This is the kind of place where you want to have your dinner delivered and stay in all weekend in your luxurious robe. The photos say it all.......PURE Zen.
*Sip: Audelssa Tasting Room~Stylish tasting room right in Glen Ellen. Jeff was extremely knowledgeable and poured some fine wines. ~Deerfield Vineyards-Intricate cave structure in which you enjoy a unique, sit down tasting experience. Dick was professional and fun. The caves would be perfect on a hot day.
*See: ~Vineyards in bloom. ~Sonoma Square~ filled with boutiques, fine bites and happy weekenders.
*Share: ~Stock up on your favorite varietals, and some specialty olives for your trip home. ~Dinner with long-time friends~wonderful to catch up........
The Zen Suite
The Fig Cafe in Glen Ellen~a neighborhood gem!
We also enjoy The Girl and The Fig location in Sonoma on the Square.
Breakfast at Gaige House
Plush robes............scented with lavender
Audelssa Tasting Room in Glen Ellen....
Deerfield Winery has an intriguing cave system and a seated tasting
Some gorgeous views.............
The patio at El Dorado Kitchen~lovely even in February
a little shopping.......
and dinner with long time friends, Dean and Kathryn. The perfect Sonoma Valley weekend!