California Dreaming….

all smiles with merlot

For the past 5 years, we have been going to California each spring.  We alternate between Wine Country and San Diego.  We can’t pick a favorite- they are both great!

When in Napa, we have enjoyed staying in Yountville at the Hotel Yountville.  There are lots of fine dining restaurants and tasting rooms within walking distance.  It is a great central location that one can enjoy without a car. It can be nice to not have to worry about driving when you are drinking wine all day!

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Walking the garden near The French Laundry
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Wine tasting at Silver Oak
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Starting the day off right!
h at the happy place
A visit to Chandon for bubbles…
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A visit to Iron Horse Vineyards

For a quieter and more remote location, we have enjoyed staying in the Russian River Valley.  We like to winery hop and visit all of the small, rustic wineries, where tastings are super casual and no reservations are needed.  We also like to visit Armstrong Redwoods Natural Reserve for some gorgeous scenery and a break from all of the eating and drinking.

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Feeling small at Armstrong Redwoods Natural Reserve
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Afternoon tasting at Fog Crest Vineyards

In the San Diego area, we love the Grand Del Mar Resort.  The grounds are gorgeous, the service is second to none and the spa is the best we have ever experienced.  If you want to be pampered and completely relax, the Grand Del Mar is the place to be!

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Mornings on the balcony at the Del Mar
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Getting pampered at the spa.
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Enjoying a post-spa soak
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Private wine tasting for our group

The Grand Del Mar is so large, you can be entertained for several days without ever leaving the resort grounds.  However, there is much to see and do in the area.  We enjoyed hiking the dunes and lunching by the sea in La Jolla.

 

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Dinner in La Jolla
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Everything in bloom.
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Breakfast al fresco

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