California Part Deux

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To celebrate our 1st anniversary, Kevin and I decided to use our soon-to-expire Delta miles to take a trip to one of our favorite destinations: wine country!

We didn’t waste any time getting to Napa for a 3-day stay, and we had a blast visiting some of our old favorites: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards (Sonoma), Andretti Winery (Napa), and Silverado Vineyards (Napa).

Some new favorites were Mumm (bring on the bubbly!!!!!), Domaine Chandon, and Chateau Montelena. Hollywood turned Chateau Montelena’s story into a movie starting Chris Pine called Bottleshock. For those of you who love wine and haven’t seen it – you should definitely check it out. Their award-winning Chardonnay is nectar of the gods…and I’m a Cab Sav kind of gal.

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Chateau Montelena

Andretti

Andretti

Bubbly at Mumm

Our last day in the valley, we decided to spend a leisurely morning downtown Sonoma.  We had a delicious breakfast of bread and cheese at the Sunflower Caffe, and we shopped at the quaint boutiques we fell in love with last year.

Sunflower Caffe (Sonoma)

Sunflower Caffe (Sonoma)

After Napa, we spent a night at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. Chinatown & the Golden Gate Bridge are always a must-see, and the Tonga Room is always a must-do (see my previous post from June/July 2012). But this trip, our experience in San Francisco was quite unique because it was Gay Pride. Not only was Pride the weekend we were in town, but it was just days after gay marriage was legalized in California. The city was ELECTRIC, and so much love was reverberating through San Francisco. Attending the Gay Pride Parade at such a historical time in the fight for equality, was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Happy tears were streaming down my face for the thousands of people who were able to marry the loves of their lives that weekend. It was truly beautiful.

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SF Pride 2013

I will ALWAYS want to be in California. The city by the bay and wine country hold so many wonderful memories for Kevin and I, and our visits have been highlights of our marriage (so far). We will go back as soon as we can! (after some new adventures, that is!)

About Andrea

I work in the Museums, Archives, and Rare Books Department at Kennesaw State University with my master's degree in Heritage Preservation. I taught fourth grade through middle school for several years prior to museum work. I live in Atlanta with my husband, dog and cat, and I am pursuing my doctoral degree in History Education. . I am a lover of travel, wine, and good food so hopefully my blog will provide you with some of my travel tips (on a reasonable budget!) that I learn along the way.

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