Sonoma

If you’re planning a girls’ getaway or weekend baecation, I insist that you add wine country to that plan!

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We visited Sonoma for my girlfriend’s non-bachelorette, bachelorette weekend, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We started in San Francisco and our first stop was the majestic Golden Gate Bridge

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There is a vista point on the Marin side, right after you cross the bridge, where you can stop, park, and take some amazing pictures (read: selfies)

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TIP! Bring a jacket, San Fran is beautiful, but windy & chilly!

Our second stop of the trip, even before hitting the hotel because we are most certainly about that life, was Domaine Carneros, which is known for it’s sparkling wine.

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I had several glasses to determine my favorite

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but I ended up coming home with two bottles of their Pinot Noir

2013 Domaine Carneros Estate

2014 Avant-Garde

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After our tasting, we sat outside sipped some more bubbles & had a little nosh. The Castelvetrano olives were worth the whole trip!

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We stayed at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa which had a quaint vibe and lush property

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The pool was heavenly after hours of hard work at the wineries

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TIP! Just because you’re on vacay, doesn’t mean your hair is. Be sure to protect it from the sun and water.

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The Benzinger Family Winery was by far my favorite! I highly suggest the tram tour to see the amazing views of the biodynamic vineyard.

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The tram stops at all the right spots for a little something to beat the heat

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and to take pictures (read: selfies)

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The property is stunning

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The best part of the tasting tour is the stop at the cave, where you get to taste the wine that is currently aging

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It was delicious, obviously.

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I could have stayed at Benzinger all day and been a happy girl.

 

Sonoma has the cutest town center and there are lots of shops and restaurants to keep you occupied. The truffle fries at El Dorado Kitchen brought me back to life, and everything, I mean everything, at Shiso was amazing!

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Shiso boasts that they are home to the largest eucalyptus tree in Sonoma County and that if you rub it and make a wish, your wish will come true. I don’t know if it is, in fact, the largest, but you know I’m always down for good juju. So, I rubbed it anyways, and it smelled amazing!

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My last recommendation for Sonoma should not come as a surprise, but I insist you brunch!

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The Girl & the Fig has one of the best brunch menus I have ever seen!  The decor is sweet and simple, the waitstaff is accommodating, the drinks are delicious, and the food… oh the food.

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We filled the table, but started with the grilled peaches that were topped with bacon and ricotta, and I got the Quiche Lorraine. The Girl & the Fig drop the recipe on their blog.

Now that I have planned a full weekend for you, in wine country, I will gladly accept thanks in the form of Dolcetta from VJB Cellars or the 2013 Obsidian Point Cabernet Sauvignon from Benzinger.

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Cheers luvvhers!

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Kenya Raymer is a writer, blogger, dancer and the hostess of the natural-hair meet up Curls & Cocktails. She is a self-love enthusiast who uses her natural-hair platform as a space to discuss hair and all things beautiful & real. She is loving in Nashville, TN, where she promotes the local eats, animal rescue, self-awareness, personal growth, happiness and finding comfort in your own skin.

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