Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Santa Rosa (wine, beer, and art, oh my!)

Labor Day weekend was so much fun this year!  We had a blast on our mini trip up to Northern California.  And even though our trip plans changed a bit, it was still a great little vacation!

We left right after work on Thursday and drove straight up to Santa Rosa.  With a stop at In-N-Out for dinner, of course. :)  We didn't get to our hotel until after 1:00am - traffic was crazy!  Our main purpose of going to Santa Rosa was to check out some wineries in the area and of course, visit Russian River Brewing Company again.  We've been to this area a couple times and have gone to different wineries every time.  We picked some goodies this time!  Our Friday was spent exploring the wineries and tasting all kinds of delicious wines.

1st stop:
~ Paradise Ridge Winery ~

Wine tasting on the balcony with such amazing views
and then wandering around their winery grounds
with the pretty vineyards and awesome art installations...

2nd stop:
~ Dry Creek Vineyard ~

Wine tasting with some really nice winery employees
and then a little picnic lunch in their gardens
(with the best sandwiches we've ever had from a little general store up the street!)...

3rd stop:
~ Preston Farm & Winery ~

An all organic winery that also is an all organic farm.  Pretty neat!

4th and final stop:
~ Russian River! ~

Brett's version of heaven...
(gotta throw in some beer after all that wine!)

Awesome day with so many awesome beverages...
We love this little area of California!

(Up next... exploring Point Reyes!)


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