Back from vacation

Wow, it certainly feels good to get fan mail! Thank you, devoted readers, for prodding my lazy bum into getting back to the keyboard. The longer I go between posts, the bigger the chore it seems to write a sentence. Sigh.

Jenn and I returned late Thursday night from a glorious week in Sonoma. At a spa. In the offseason. So basically we not only had run of our hotel, but also run of the wineries and restaurants.

I’ve been interested in going to wine country for quite some time, and until we pinpointed the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn as our destination (as we were coming up for air after a big fat turkey dinner on Thanksgiving), I hadn’t the foggiest idea of the difference between Sonoma and Napa, and how they related to each other on the map.

Basically Sonoma is one valley to the west of Napa (45-minute drive), and it’s quieter and slightly less commercial than Napa Valley. And since we were looking for a relaxing spa week, Sonoma made perfect sense.

map

Here’s our hotel. It was really lovely. More on that later.

SMI

I’m not sure whether it’s the novelty of two blonds traveling together, the labels on Jenn’s clothes or simply the fact that people were bored — but we got preferrential treatment nearly everywhere we went. Starting at the airport.  O’Hare wasn’t super busy last Sunday morning, but nevertheless, we were directed to an empty security line. Then, on the plane, the flight attendant was so enthralled with Jenn’s suggestion of mimosas (which they didn’t have), that she brought us two glasses of wine — gratis.

The wineries were empty. So we got personal tours and what amounted to one-hour private tastings at each of the six places we visited. Including some of the most expensive wines on their lists. (Cakebread Dancing Bear 2003 Cabernet. Yum. $100/bottle.)

I suppose the only hiccups were at the car rental counter (a line), and at the McDonald’s drive thru on the way home (couldn’t seem to get our order straight, while rain flooded the driver’s side).

So, welcome to our vacation! Once I get my photos uploaded, I’ll give you all the details. In the meantime, read Andover Roots to get the scoop from my brother on his tour of Southern California wineries in August.

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2 Responses so far »

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    John Froman said,

    Welcome back Lori! Sounds like a fun trip. See you soon.

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    Annette said,

    Ah, I’m so jealous! Can’t wait for pics!


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