The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa


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:



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!

Where and how to start blogging after coming back from a trip. Trip to Sonoma Part 1

It can be very overwhelming to edit, post and blog after a trip.

This is even harder I feel when you are a photographer and can not share online most photos unless they are rejected by the stock company. I always have to wait to share with you guys the photos from a trip as I am waiting for the approval of the stock company for they want or need. The rest or the one rejected I usually share with you.

The one the company takes, and accept I usually post on my professional blog where you can subscribe of course :

So this is how I am going to do this trip: I will give you an overview of the itinerary we did and I will post all the iPhone photos, photos of my phone, and Patrick’s phone, including the fun Selfies we did.

I then will as I edit make a post of each location with the history behind it and the photos.


Part 1

Patrick earned a trip with his company AETNA. He helped make the North Carolina team number one in the country. As a broker manager he was 4th in the country. He earned him a trip to Sonoma County and was able to take the person of his choice.

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We had to be on Sunday by 3pm at the Fairmont Mission Inn and Spa in Sonoma to check in. The Fairmont Mission was an incredibly beautiful facility.

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We decided to leave couple of days early versus late as the girls were with their dad the weekend before and therefore, we would not take on the time we have them to go on vacation.

We arrive in San Fransisco on thursday and went to rent our car. We had rented a tiny little car.

By noon (western time) we were on the road. We had decided to get out of the city and go along the road all the way to Bodega Bay.

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Well of course, suddenly I am remembering my wonderful time 20 years ago with my French friend Isabelle and I am wanted to show Patrick Lombard street, the Fisherman Wharf, Sausalito, the hydroplane…

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Well we made it out of the city finally and went to Muir beach, where we watch the sunset there. We then arrived that night in Bodega Bay. We had a reservation that we had taken through Expedia. Wonderful little place call the Inn in the Tides.

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Next morning we left to go visit Fort Ross and go along Pacifica one. We learned all the history of the Valley of the Russian River and saw seals.

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On Saturday, Valentines day, we woke up super early and I took Patrick to the McPhail Winery and then to the Francis Ford Coppola winery, since he loves movies. We then heading to couple of wineries in the Alexander Valley and had a late picnic there. From there we left toward Saint Helena to go visit the C.I.A ( Culinary Institute of America) before heading back to San Fransisco.

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Next morning Sunday we were at the airport to rerun our car and waited for our driver from Aetna that took us to Sonoma.

This leads us to Part 2 of the trip….coming up soon