Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sonoma County Recharge

Running a decorative fabric and window covering business can be stressful and exhausting at times! I was fortunate to be able to recharge the batteries while on a bike tour of beautiful Sonoma County this month. Cycling helps me clear the cobwebs and find fresh insights. This looks like Tuscany but actually it’s the Ferrari-Carano Vineyards near Healdsburg.

We cycled up to the wine caves of the Bella Winery.

I rode next to the vineyards of Silver Oak in the Alexander Valley. The grapes were ripe and ready for what should be a great vintage year!

The Russian River toward Jenner brought back a rush of wonderful memories!

The Pacific Coast route on Highway 1 was very narrow and loaded with tourists in their RV’s rushing by. It was a relief to see the Bodega Bay Lodge, our base for the next few nights.

The views were breathtaking on Bodega Head! We spotted the magnificent Gray whale migration.

Picture time!

Our last night was at the Inn at Occidental, a lovely and highly regarded hotel. Next door is the 1879 Union Hotel, once a favorite of our family for dinner. I fondly remember a day long ago when my Uncle told me we should have a drink at the bar of the hotel, even though our families were already in cars waiting for us! I’ll never forget it! He was a giant of a man in stature and personality and made his own rules most of the time.

Beautiful Sonoma County vineyards!

Our tour leaders made a gourmet picnic for us on our last day. We all felt a little sad that the week was coming to a close!

Sonoma County is just gorgeous! Napa Valley often receives more attention for wines and great restaurants, but Sonoma County cannot be beat for truly beautiful and diversified sights. You will find some incredible Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Cabernets, as well!

Tired but emotionally recharged after a hard week of cycling…and wine tasting, it was now time to head over the hills to Napa to meet my wife, daughter and her husband.  Next week we take a look at….”Napa style.”

What do you do to recharge?

Images: Dick Gentry

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