Thursday, January 2, 2014

West Coast Wedding Extravaganza - Day 6

Thursday, August 22, 2013

On Thursday morning, we checked out of the hotel and hit the road again, heading to the Armstrong Woods on Emily's recommendation.  (If you're looking for floral work in the Bay Area, hit her and the gorgeous Green Snapdragon Floral Design & Consultancy up!)  The drive there wasn't bad at all, and we arrived about 45 minutes after leaving the hotel.  One day I would love to visit Yosemite and see the Mariposa Grove, but it turns out that was a bit long for our trip, so we'll have to make another trip one day soon.

In the meantime, the Armstrong Woods were absolutely perfect.  Much closer to San Francisco and Wine Country, and very nearly empty, they were serene and gorgeous.  I was excited to see redwoods for the first time on our trip, but I had no idea how taken in by them I would be.  Seeing these incredible plants up close was unlike anything I could have imagined.  They were majestic and absolutely enormous.  If you're planning a trip, I would definitely recommend stopping by.

This couple was walking two goats through the woods!

After wandering around the Armstrong Woods for a couple hours, we decided to head into Sonoma and do a few more tastings before heading back to San Francisco.  We stopped at the Korbel Winery, which looked nice, but a really hard sell on their tour, when we really only had time for a tasting, totally turned me off, to the point where we actually left without tasting because I was so embarrassed and uncomfortable.  Maybe next time, Korbel.  Your tour-person and a number of people outside waiting for the tour DID say it was the best thing ever.

Instead, we headed over to the Dry Creek General Store, another recommendation from Emily.  The store itself was completely charming, and I loved seeing all of their wares displayed.  I bought a market basket, much like the one I'd always regretted not buying in France, and even though it was a pain in the ass to carry through the west coast for the rest of the trip, and even though I haven't used it every week at the farmer's market like I'd intended, it still makes me incredibly happy.  We also bought two amazing sandwiches, neither of which I can remember (but everything on the menu looked amazing!) [update! I had the muffeletta! I just found the receipt.], a bag of chips, and some diet coke for our picnic.  It all fit beautifully into the market basket.

From there, we headed to Preston Vineyards to enjoy the meal we'd just picked up.  We did a tasting there, and were able to take our pours out onto their patio, where we stuffed ourselves with the enormous and delicious sandwiches, and enjoyed all of their wines immensely.  They also had some lovely cats wandering around the property, who were all too happy to say hello to us.  At Preston, we also bought some olives to eat at home, which were wonderful.  It was a great little spot, and the hosts were very friendly.  By making it into a picnic tasting, I would say it was one of the best meals we had the whole trip!

Our wine on the patio at Preson Vineyards.

Our last stop in Sonoma was Raymond Burrs Winery.  I wasn't totally impressed with the wines, but the tasting was free and seeing all the Raymond Burr memorabilia was pretty fun.  They also had some lovely views, so I'm glad we stopped by.

On our way home, we saw that we were going to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, and pulled off to some tourist pull-aways before we crossed.  It was super cold and windy (and a big departure from the warm weather we'd had for the past two days in Napa Valley), but the view was absolutely exquisite, so it was worth it to brave the weather for a bit.

Not our best photo, but it's iconic!

We arrived back in San Francisco about a half hour later, and enjoyed an early evening of wine, food, and quality time with Kristin and Drew, our incredible hosts for the week.  I can't thank them enough for hosting us and showing us around their amazing city.  We turned in early because we had to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch our flight to Portland!

1 comment:

  1. I have been enjoying reading about the California portion of your trip, but have been waiting with bated breath for your review of the green bean sandwich in Portland! -- Leah