Sonoma/Napa {sans kiddos}

My mom graciously and courageously kept the kids a couple days so Jono and I could have a belated anniversary getaway.

We stayed in Sonoma.  So, of course, we spent some time in the town square strolling around and window shopping.  We grabbed some tasty breakfast at this little bakery, and after seeing prototypes we decided we should make a wine barrel light fixture (that I failed to get a picture of but did sketch out very quickly) and some square-ish plates like this.  I need something to keep my hands busy, right? 

We also spent a good part of the day at the Mission Inn and Spa.  All the water and pools there are filled by natural hot springs.  Mmmm hmm.  I forgot how completely relaxing it is to be at a pool and not have to worry about any little people drowning.  Or, maybe it was the minerals.  But, either way.

That evening we skipped over to the St. Helena area (in Napa Valley).  We ate at the Long Meadow Ranch's Farmstead Restaurant where all the food comes straight from their own gardens. 
They have restored this old Logan-Ives house.

Isn't it cute?  And it has a swing!

Their full garden is at the ranch up the mountain but there in the valley they have these sort of gardens set up.

Different herbs and veggies are growing together that all pair well with a certain type of wine.  Beautiful!

Also, I have to give a shout out to Hopmonk Tavern in Sonoma.  You were great.  Your brews were great and your food was tasty (I especially loved the cilantro chutney)!

We are going back with some relatives at the end of the summer.  Any other recommendations for food, beverage, or entertainment?  I would love to have your suggestions!

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