Sonoma Wine Country, and offered to send us some links to places to check out when head north over the Golden Gate Bridge this morning. We were so glad he did!
We checked out of the Hilton Union Square this morning at 6 am and planned to get breakfast somewhere after crossing the bridge. We stopped at the Bayside Cafe in Sausolito and had a wonderful pancake and sausage breakfast while enjoying the sunrise over the wharf. We then headed north on Hwy-101 to Healdsburg, CA, which lies at the junction of Napa (west) and Sonoma (east) wine countries. Expecting a 3-hr drive I was shocked to find us in Healdsburg by 8:30 am, so it was off to the Flying Goat Coffee for another cup of coffee and pow-wow to plan our day.
Toby suggested a stop at the Twomey Wine Cellar, so we drove there only to find out that their wine tasting didn't start for another hour. So we decided to drive around and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Westside Road drive was a lovely 2-lane, winding path through Russian River Valley that brought us past numerous vineyards and wineries. One such winery that Toby selected for us was Gary Farrell Vineyards Winery just a few miles down the road. It was tagged as his favorite, but pricey. Robin said to go for it, so we drove up the steep driveway to the top of a lovely, contemporary chalet overlooking the valley. We decided to call for lunch reservations, only to learn that they were already booked for the day. But we were lucky to get into a 10:30 am ''Sense of Place: A Russian River Wine Exploration" with their Wine Educator, Lydia.
The Parish Cafe, and later have dinner at Wilie's Seafood and Raw Bar.