Wine Country Weekend – Three Day Getaway!

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Wine Country Weekend

 

Fall is a brilliant time of year to escape to Northern California wine country. The leaves are luminescent with hues of autumn; the sky transforms into a deeper shade of blue. Scott and I recently took advantage of some time off to make our annual fall trip to wine country. Our first stop was for lunch on the patio at Solbar on the Silverado Trail in Calistoga. The food is always delicious, service is incredibly friendly and the location is unbeatable.

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Solage Calistoga

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Our next stop was almost next door at Clos Pegase winery in Calistoga. I’ve always appreciated the attention to detail with stonework and art collections at Clos Pegase. The winery is especially picturesque in the fall season.

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A room with a view at Clos Pegase.

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By this time we were ready to head to the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa in Santa Rosa to check in for our getaway.  Scott had booked us a couple of nights on Hyatt points he discovered he had.

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It’s always nice to receive a special welcome …

and an upgrade to an executive suite.

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Our suite was extremely spacious, well-appointed and comfortable with luxurious touches.

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An hour or so to relax and we were off to dinner at Willi’s Wine Bar, which has rave reviews from the SF Chronicle, as well as other reviewers. We used the Uber app, which is an amazing way to get a quick ride–to and from–your destination safely. Download it and use it during your next night out if you haven’t already discovered it.

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The next morning we discovered the quintessential cafe breakfast at Dierk’s Parkside Cafe’. Not to brag but I have never seen a mimosa this big! The staff was friendly and fun at this neighborhood gem in Santa Rosa.  #yummy

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Next we were up for some natural beauty.

A stop at the beautiful J Vineyards and Winery is always a treat.

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Desmond shared some fantastic history and took great care of us at J Vineyards & Winery.

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We were hungry by the time we reached Healdsburg, one of our wine country favorite spots, and couldn’t resist Bravas Bar de Tapas. The small plates with Spanish flair and terrace dining are so enjoyable. The dish pictured is of caramelized onions over goat cheese bruschetta with drizzles of balsamic–simple and delicious!

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Our friends recommended Wilson Winery on Dry Creek Road so we meandered to this beautiful spot. We were blown away by the vineyard views from the terrace, as well as the bold, red zinfandels we tasted. Scott couldn’t resist joining the wine club at Wilson Winery so we will definitely be returning.

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Sips….

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Rose’ sunset over wine country.

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Back at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek, a cozy fire-pit was waiting for us.

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The next morning, we discovered the shops and restaurants at Railroad Square, within walking distance to the Hyatt Vineyard Creek. The Omelette Express serves up a decadent and filling breakfast.

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This trip was more of a meandering through a larger area of wine country than some of our previous trips. Our final stop was in Sebastopol where we discovered the delightful K & L Bistro for lunch. The service, decor and ambiance created the perfect foodie gem. Each town in wine country possesses a unique charm.

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We lucked out with the weather in November. It was cool enough for booties and a cashmere poncho but warm enough for walking through vineyards and dining on the patio in comfort.

For more of our wine country getaways:

Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and date night in Glen Ellen.

Wine Country Posts

My travel recommendations page (under travel in menu above).

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Have you discovered any new favorites this season where you live?

Cheers,

 

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The Hyatt Vineyard Creek graciously provided an upgrade to the executive suite.

All opinions expressed are my own.

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Heather Lindstrom

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16 comments

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Love Sonoma this time of year. You hit some of our favorites and introduced me to some new ones. i would give anything for a weekend away! Thanks for taking me to one of my favorite places!

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Loved seeing this pictures which made me long to be there! One of my main customers in my former business was in Santa Rosa so I would go out twice a year. Have stayed at that Hyatt. What a beautiful part of the country, and of California! I discovered your blog from searches for the Emme Bag! I too have used it and spoken to Emily and it’s one of my favorite travel accessories. Anyway, i will subscribe right now!

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Heather!
What a fun post and I’ve always wanted to go to Solbar. You’re so right how amazing wine country is in the fall and I have stayed at that Hyatt before and it’s really nice. I should have gone in the courtyard!! :)
Hope you’re doing well and loved all the photos you shared. I’ve been to the Omelette Express too and it’s the perfect breakfast spot on a road trip.
Hope you had a good thanksgiving.
xoDale

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Sounds like a dream weekend, Heather!! I fell in love with the wine country earlier this year on my first visit. Your photos are stunning! Hugs to you, my dear!

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Hello Sandy, I remember that trip so well. You discovered some gems in wine country. I’ll never forget receiving your text about where to go with a few extra hours in San Francisco–The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus–of course! :)
You have definitely been on my mind this season, my dear. I’m glad my travel posts can provide a little escape for a sad time.
Hugs today…xx

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What a wonderful trip and one that we would certainly enjoy too. Great food and wine with pretty views too. Just perfect!
Thank you so much for popping over to my blog to say hello and for your very kind comment. Much appreciated! I’m taking a break from blogging but I’m enjoying keeping in touch on Instagram!
PS Sorry, forgot to sign in earlier and my comment appeared as anonymous.

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I always enjoy your travel adventures (and treats!) on your blog Miss B. I’m glad you enjoyed our wine country adventure. The colors were especially pretty this year. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season so far!
xx

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What a wonderful trip and one that we would certainly enjoy too. Great food and wine with pretty views too. Just perfect!
Thank you so much for popping over to my blog to say hello and for your very kind comment. Much appreciated! I’m taking a break from blogging but I’m enjoying keeping in touch on Instagram!

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lovely weekend! great photos. you two are the best and have the most fun adventures. so grateful you journal it for the rest of us.

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Thanks so much, Pamela! I appreciate your kind words. Blogging about travel and adventures is one of my favorite things to do. I love sharing the images and the tips of places to visit. I know that you and Matt love travel just as we do. Thanks for following along. Have you booked next summer yet? We just booked our final stop–Paris!!
Enjoy all the holiday fun!
xx

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Hi Heather,
i love the pics in these posts. Some of the landscapes look so solitary, and fall-like. The pics of the Clos Pegase winery and the fountain, and the other one with the patio ironwork furniture. Something very haunting about them, maybe the light as well.
How are you? I am glad to see you are having a wonderful trip with Scott to wine country. When I was first married we would drive to the west of Vancouver about 4 hours and visit the Okanagan wine country, but I haven’t been in years. It’s a lovely thing to do with a partner, very romantic, and such a relaxing way to enjoy life. I hope you enjoyed a great thanksgiving as well. xx Nancy

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Hi Nancy-so happy to see your name pop up! I agree, I think it was the quality of light in those photos at Clos Pegase, I left the tasting room a couple of time to capture some images. When I saw them on the screen I was very pleased.
Wine country is romantic, especially this time of year with a touch of chill in the air. Your trips to Okanagan wine country sound lovely. Perhaps it’s time to put another one in the planning stages? ;) Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this festive season, Nancy!
xx

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What a beautiful escape!! Wine country is so pretty this time of year. I haven’t toured Clos Pegase, so I’ll put it on my list. Have a great week my friend.
XX Jennifer

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The colors were just beautiful. November is sometimes late for fall color but this was perfect timing this year. We enjoy a little wine tasting don’t we Jen? ;)
xx

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That is so pretty heather! I hope you are having a great return to school! Next up, Christmas break of two weeks!!!

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We are counting down the days aren’t we? ;) It was so beautiful in wine country. The colors this time of year just make me happy.
Enjoy this festive season dear Anita.
xx

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