Napa Wine Country Ride at Chalk Hill


Trip to Sonoma Part 2

Again those are just photos that were taken very quickly with our phones. I have not yet started to edit yet the many photos that I took on this trip.

I think we left off Part 1 of the trip to the driver taking us from San Fransisco to Sonoma.

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We got picked up in this beautiful black SUV. We went through San Fransisco City

We were at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa by 2 pm. We checked in our room, and then went to register at the Aetna counter. We got our tags and the itinerary  of the trip.

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February_2015_Iphone_sonoma_trip_0152 copyWe then got ready for the welcome cocktail dinner they had for us.

The dinner was so wonderful. Wonderful fish, pasta station, meat station, mash potato martini bar, and desserts included macaroons and creme brûlée. Delicious! The company also offered each of their winners and their +1 a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses with the Logo Aetna on the glasses holder/box. The little glasses cleaner inside was printed with the Aetna medicare Gold Circle.

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The next morning we woke up at 7 and were at a breakfast at the restaurant “Sante” . Incredible buffet of croissants, fresh fruits, omelette station and much more.

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By 8 Patrick was in a meeting and I had sign up for a bike ride in the town of Sonoma, and in the wineries. It was a almost a 2 hour ride.

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When we got back Patrick was getting out of his meeting and the Aetna team had giving us the choice between spa treatments for the 2 of us, zipline or the wine trolley.

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We had chosen the trolley. We had an incredible time as we first went to the restaurant ” El Dorado kitchen” on the Sonoma square. Food was incredible there.

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We then went to the first winery tour at Buena Vista where we had the luck to meet the French Owner. So much history and I will cover the specifics after I edit all photos.

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We then went to a second winery called Ravenswood. So different and yet so incredibly interesting also.

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This photo above was given to me by Allison, she took this photo and loved it so much, she sent it to me.

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We then went back to the hotel where we showered and got ready for the award diner. I was so proud of Patrick receiving the award.

Here is a link to the video that Kathi so kindly took for us of Patrick receiving his award:

The next day I went on a hike at the Botanical gardens while Patrick was in a meeting. So interesting even if the flowers were not in bloom.

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We then had chosen to go on the horseback riding in the wineries…We went to Chalk Hill and that was incredible.

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Iphone_trip_california_0032 copyWe enjoyed a private sitting of wine tasting after the horseback ride. Laughter, no stress, fun getting to know new people.

We then ended up at our last meal in the Cave, winery of Bezinger. Wow….!!!

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Next morning we headed home…back in San Fransisco first and then the airport.


What an amazing trip! I will make a post in details about each place/activity after I edit photos.

I am grateful and very privilege to have been asked, invited and to be at the side of such an incredible man.