I went MIA from the blog last week and am just now finding the time to sit down and catch you all up. Jason’s company was hosting a work event in Sonoma and since spouses were encouraged to come I happily agreed to go as long as Parker could come along on the trip as well. Since I’m nursing right now, not to mention he’s only three months old, being away from him for 5 days wasn’t really in the cards for me. Scottie on the other hand was happy to stay at home knowing she was staying at her grandparents house and seeing her cousins, as well as a few other family members throughout the week. We received pictures daily of her having the very best time on her own little vacation, which is always nice to see when your away. Since Jason and I had events and dinners to attend to daily we asked our favorite sitter if she was up for the trip and she happily accepted. I can’t say flying across the country with a three month old was easy, and between caring for him, the time change and all the work related activities I left feeling like I needed a vacation from the vacation. Regardless, it was nice to get away and spend a little bit of time with my man and a few days in beautiful wine country.

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This was our second trip out to Sonoma ( You can see the recap from our first trip here and here) and I loved it just as much this time around. It’s such a beautiful part of the country and I feel like I could drive for days just looking at the scenery. The hundreds of wineries is pretty appealing as well. We were able to try out a few different wineries on our visit and our favorite that we came across was Kamen Estate Wines. They had some of the best wines we have ever tasted and since they don’t distribute any of their wines and  have a limited number of cases we bought a few bottles to bring home and open at a later time.  They have a winery as well as a little shop in Sonoma’s town square, which is where we found them. I highly recommend checking them out if you have the chance.

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Most of our meals were handled by Jason’s company and were catered to feed a large crowd of people but we did get a chance to check out two local restaurants while we were there. My favorite meal happened on our last night at Cafe La Haye. We had an unbelievable dining experience consisting of four different courses, each paired with a different wine, and all of us raved on how wonderful the food and service was. The restaurant is small and intimate and I imagine reservations are a must, especially during the busy season.

Prior to the trip we were able to pick one group activity to attend, so Jason and I went with the hike through one of the vineyards. This ended up being one of our favorite parts of the trip as it made us appreciate even more the beauty of the land and the art that goes into making wine. The hike took place at Kunde Winery and it included a few tastings throughout the hike and a packed lunch overlooking the countryside.

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This is one trip I could make over and over and we’ve already started talking about when we’re going back. There are always new wineries to visit as well as new releases to taste and hopefully next time we can venture out to see some of the other regions. So, until then……….

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