Napa Wine Country Ride at Chalk Hill

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The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

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Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley

So much fun to take the Wine trolley tour in Sonoma. We had such a fun times. The conductor was so funny and very knowledgable about the area.

We stopped for lunch first and then left to go visit wineries. The weather was perfect, so here we were riding the old fashion cable car and enjoying the scenic views!

A must do if you are in Sonoma. Here is the link to their website:

http://www.sonomavalleywinetrolley.com

 

 

The Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa

It was a pleasure to stay at The Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa. I was there for 4 days and what an incredible experience. As usual I look for the food quality, the service and the accommodations. It was incredible all around! The grounds were clean, I was able to shoot so much there. The food, the staff, the way they accommodate the clients was really above and beyond.  I hope I get the opportunity to go to other Fairmont and see if the service and accommodations are up to the standards.

The Spa accommodations were great, and the staff there very kind.

Here are couple of photos I took there. A must stay if you are going to Sonoma!

















The C.I.A

I gave birth, almost 18 years ago now, to this incredible son of mine, in Rhinebeck, NY.

I lived in Rhinebeck, a historical town next to the famous Culinary school called the C. ( culinary) I. ( institute) of A. America.

I loved the campus there, the beautiful view of the Hudson River and of course the restaurants. I tutored couple of culinary students that needed helped in French classes.

When I learned many years ago that they were opening a C.I.A school in Napa, I voiced my wish to go there, as I love food, can cook fairly well and I love wine.

My wish came true, many years later. I was able to go there, on the campus, during my trip to California. There was a wedding happening there. I had time to go around campus, visited inside the school , and of course I took many photos there. Saint Helena was simply incredible and well worth the wait!

 

 

 

The Inn at the Tides, Bodega Bay

As a world traveller and photographer, I like to recognize places where we travel, where we stay, and where I believe we were treated above and beyond the minimum.

Located in Bodega Bay, The Inn at the Tides is by the ocean and very convenient to Sonoma County and Marin County.

This hotel is about 40 miles north of San Francisco.

We went there on the weekend of President’s Day and Valentine’s day. As we left San Fransisco and took the Pacifica road 1, we were in and out of service with our phones and my reservations with Expedia did not go through over and over. I try to call the Inn at the Tides and literally each times after I introduce myself to ask if my reservation went through with Expedia, I would hit a bad service spot and the connection was lost. I must of called back at least 1o times, and the person at the front desk , never lost her patience.

When we finally were able to get an entire conversation we found out our Expedia reservation and payment as predicted had not go through. We were going to call back Expedia and the receptionist told us not to worry about it, that she would match the price we had.

We arrived late around 9pm. We were jet lag, wired, excited and hungry.

We went to our “room”. It was an absolutely incredible setting. Set as little Cottages, we were very pleased to see our rooms. We were welcomed by a complimentary bottle of wine, that was wonderful.

The pillowtop bed came with down comforters and was so comfortable.

The wireless Internet access was complimentary. We had a beautiful flat screen TV with cable programming. The very spacious bathroom had complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. There was a spa and an outdoor  pool right outside of our cottage.

Breakfast was complimentary at the Tides restaurant across from the Inn. The menu had many choices.

The restaurant was also incredible, and for those that know me, I do not easily giving compliment on a restaurant. The view on the water, very clean, good service and fresh food.

This is really a place I would recommend anybody to stay!

http://www.innatthetides.com





Bodega bay sunrise, California

Bodega Bay is a very shallow, little port in the Sonoma County Valley. We drove there from San Fransisco and we stayed in a charming little place call the “Inn in the Tides”. It is approximately  40 mi from San Fransisco.

The bay is a marine habitat used for navigation, recreation, and commercial and sport fishing including shellfish harvesting.

Of course seafood was excellent there and I discovered that some of the movie scenes from the birds were filmed there.

Charming little village away from everybody.

We woke up so early that morning to catch the sunrise on the water. How peaceful and beautiful!