Not that I ever had any doubts, but for the record, you can never get too much of the California Wine Country.
My husband (who is much more an oenophile than I am) and I recently returned from our third visit to Napa/Sonoma in the last four years. Once again we tasted amazing wine. Once again we listened to the impassioned stories of wine makers and winery owners who were busy with harvest, but still took off their gloves to shake our hand and cheers our glass.
And once again, my dreams of Wine Country retirement took on renewed flight.
Last year I made recommendations on where to visit in Healdsburg, a smaller town in Sonoma County. This year we stayed mainly in the city of Sonoma, with a day trip to Napa. Below are the wineries, tasting rooms and restaurants we visited. All are highly recommended.
- Domaine Carneros
- Roche (tasting room)
- Pangloss Cellars (tasting room)
- Surh Luchtel Cellars
- Lighting Wines
- La Rochelle
- Loxton Cellars
- Kunde Family Winery
- Fremont Diner
- El Dorado Kitchen
- Goose and Gander
- The Girl and the Fig
- Glen Ellen Village Market
- Cafe La Haye
The California Wine Country is so much more than Napa and Sonoma, and I hope to explore it all. But if I had to recommend a destination, it would hands-down be Healdsburg. All the fine dining and wineries of the city of Sonoma, but on a smaller, cozier scale.
Never been? Well, BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!
When I’m not gallivanting through wineries, everyone likes to asks me, “So what’s it like to have twins?” And I respond in the only way possible, “It’s all I have ever known.”
Sure, I can make some assumptions about how it varies from singletons or siblings of different ages. I’m sure some of those assumptions are correct because there are obvious differences. But in terms of the experience — what it’s like to have twins — well, it’s like having two kids… who are the same age. (See? I really have no idea how to answer the question.)
And because my experience is, gratefully, defined as a multiples experience, I sometimes wonder what it would be like if we tried for another child. And we got pregnant. And one baby came out. Just one.
Would it feel like a breeze or would I be just as overwhelmed as the first time around? Could I do this parenting thing better now that I have some experience under my belt?
I was so honored to explore this question for a guest post at a new parenting site, Tribe Magazine.
This site offers personal essays on an array of parenting topics, and I hope you will make the jump to read my guest post and explore the site.