Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Russian River Valley, CA - Stunning

If you haven't been to Russian River Valley, CA - you are missing a little slice of heaven. This town of Healdsburg, CA surrounded by Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley is the little gem in the wine country. The wines coming out of CA these days compete at a whole new level. And their price points are climbing - so make a trip soon to get in on the action. 

We visited J Vineyards, Williams-Seylem, Dutton-Goldfield, Hawke, Merry Edwards and Lynmar (all pictured below). Each vineyard different from the next with their own beautiful settings and fabulous wines. You will drink a lot of Pinots here but more and more complex wines are also being introduced. Now - I love a good Pinot - so I am NOT complaining at all. 

When you visit Healdsburg be sure to take one entire day walking around the charming town center. There are so many little family owned vineyards represented here with fabulous wines!! We visited 7-8 in one day and spent time getting to know the winemakers at each. What a treat! Please stop by: Gustafson, Williamson, Hawley, and Windsor in the town square - you won't be disappointed. 

Amazing restaurants and VRBO rentals are everywhere. You can't go wrong with a trip to the heart of Sonoma County! Enjoy and drink up!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thailand - Might be our favorite so far....

We recently returned from a 18 day trip to Thailand. We explored more of the country than we ever thought possible in such a short time frame. And, we were rushed. And, we spent time on planes, trains, automobiles, ferry's, long-tail boats and tuk tuks! But it ended up being one of our most favorite places in the world!

The food....the culture....the people....the architecture....the Wats (temples).....the beaches....and the privilege of being a tourist in such an accommodating country - simply amazing!

I will write more later to share. For now, please enjoy some of my favorite photos from our exploration.