Day 3: Sonoma Valley

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  • I want to share our recent getaway with you.  Our third day in California started at the Beltane Ranch in Sonoma.  Just a short drive from Napa Valley, but already much more peaceful and quaint.  The long drive leads to a side entrance where the Beltane Ranch pickup is parked.

    The photo below was taken in the gardens in front of the home.  The Beltane Ranch is home to vineyards, olive groves, cows, clydesdales and hens to name a few.  They have their own Sauvignon Blanc and make their own olive oil!

    Chris befriended the cows, I, the clydesdales.  The grounds and the views were so breathtaking, that you will never want to leave!  For more on the beautiful Beltane Ranch and our decadent breakfast there, click here.
    An afternoon “snack” at Gundlach Bundschu.  We enjoyed their picnic grounds and watching the bottling process from the tasting room.

    One of our highlights was a quiet walk through Bartholomew Park.  A resident told us it was seldom used.  All I could think about was hosting a wedding there!  Chris reminded me as I was walking out the grounds to see how many tables I could fit, that we didn’t live there.

    The grounds of Buena Vista Winery were so serene.  The winery is a Historic Landmark.
    Above is Arrowood Winery.  We truly enjoyed our tasting there.  The staff was friendly and informative.  It was the only winery we visited that sold by the glass as well.  After a few tastings and sharing a bottle of wine already, a glass of wine to top off our tasting was just perfect.  After all, we wanted to indulge on the view from their beautiful wrap around porch.
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