Friday

Vino, Vino, Vici: A Weekend in Wine Country

It's the FREAKIN' WEEKENDER: Wine Country, CA

We're heading out west to wine country and Petaluma, California (Bonus: Sonoma, California also!)

Petaluma is a beautiful city in Sonoma County right smack dab in the middle of wine country.  Only about 45 minutes north of San Francisco it makes for a great little getaway spot for anyone living in San Fran! 



While there are a handful of hotels in Petaluma & Sonoma, we would highly recommend finding a unique Air BnB in the area.  During our time visiting we stayed in a converted barn loft on a horse farm.  There was nothing like coming home in the evening and being greeted by our 'barn mates'.  






Saturday

An early morning drive to Muir Woods: Located right outside of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument is the world's most visited redwood park and is well worth the drive.  An easy one mile flat walk serpentines you through these massive trees that are close to 1,000 years old.  The drive in is equally exciting, taking you on a winding mountain road with breathtaking views.


Lunch on the river in Petaluma:  Head back to Petaluma for lunch on the river.  With plenty of places to choose from pick a spot and enjoy a meal outdoors.  TAPS beer co. & Dempsey's offer good food and great views.



Dinner in Sonoma:  The Girl & the Fig is advertised as "country food with a French passion" and this spot delivers. The menu is always evolving with the seasons, and features plenty of local, fresh ingredients. A personal favorite was the duck confit, but the wine flight is a must with any meal (you're in wine country!)




Sunday

Wine Tastings: Be sure to try at least a couple different wineries, as each winery in the Petaluma/Sonoma area has something unique to offer.  Our two favorites were Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery & Buena Vista Winery. Sebastiani Winery is walkable from downtown Sonoma while Buena Vista is a 10 minute drive from downtown.  A tasting (or five) is always the way to go.  We left with a bottle from each spot!
Travelers tip: Make reservations for tastings! 

Dinner at Sauced BBQ & Spirits: What better way to cap off a long day of tasting wine than enjoying some delicious barbecue.  Bringing genuine southern BBQ to Northern California the menu is extensive and the food delicious.  Bring a friend or two and get a couple different plates of BBQ to share.
Travelers tip: 'Sauced' doesn't only refer to the extensive beer list, there are some really delicious sauces to choose from for the BBQ.  You can even buy a bottle to take home!  


Bonus Travel Tip: Sonoma County hosts a bunch of really cool fairs and festivals year round.  For a complete list click here. We lucked into being there during the Harvest Fair in October and tried our hand (or should we say foot) at grape stomping! We came in 2nd place... no big deal ;)



Have you been to Sonoma County or do you live in the area and have more suggestions? Share the wealth in the comments below! 

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