Francis Ford Coppola Winery


The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Sonoma Bike ride

 I decided to sign up for a bike ride that the hotel offered. It was incredible! Our tour guide Dan Cortright was there waiting for us at 8. I had woken up and had breakfast at the restaurant Sante with Patrick before that.

I toyed with the idea of taking my camera, but riding a heavy bike ( I am use to mine and it is a light one as I do triathlon) and taking photos on the saddle is always challenging. I went for it though, thinking if I can do it during the Tour de France then I can do it in Sonoma! So glad I did take it!

I also had the opportunity to get to know better Scotti Easton. What a great friend I made that day!

So her and I discovered we had a lot of in common.

The ride in itself had 4 people, and it was more challenging that I had expected, more hills and longer. I loved it. Our guide Dan took us through Sonoma the town, the vines, vineyard, and told us about the historic house of General Vallejo’s home, he also had a lot of knowledge about wine and was fun!

Here are photos from our 2 hours excursion.

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!