Yesterday, I had the pleasure of showing my mom around Sonoma! When planning for my mom’s visit, I asked around for the places to go. I have only lived here for two-ish months and spend many of my weekends away so I am still new to the area. I had a few places in mind but asking around is truly the best way to map out a day! My list was extensive and I wanted to get to it all, but, of course, that never happens. Nevertheless, we had a fabulous day!
First, we met at Horatius in Glen Ellen for coffee and pastries. There is a large parking lot so that was where we stashed one of our cars. Horatius serves varying items but sources their baked goods from a bakery in Healdsburg. They have gorgeous lattes with an even better backdrop. Their outdoor seating is secluded and safe from the spring winds that ruffle the area. Our next stop was a walk through Sonoma Valley Regional Park.
I drive past one of the paid parking lots for the park daily on my commute but found out there is free parking along Arnold Drive, by the Development Center bridge. We headed in and followed a paved road but explored further and ended up at Lake Suttonfield, aka the reservoir. It was a Sunday so we saw many people but it did not feel crowded which was nice. Most of our journey was shaded and protected from the wind. A walk through the Regional Park is an amazing way to break up a food and wine filled day.
Now, back to the food! After working up an appetite we ventured over to VJB Vineyards and Cellars in Kenwood, a quick drive from Sonoma and Glen Ellen. This is a unique spot and you feel transported to Italy. Within the walls of VJB there are two spots for tasting, a market with gorgeous meats, cheeses, and other imported and local items, a wood fired pizza place, a gelato and chocolate shoppe, and even a Tommy Bahamas! We kept ourselves contained and only left with pizza in our bellies. We ordered their Vegetable Pizza and it came adorned with roasted garlic (YUM) and other delicious roasted vegetables. It fed us both and there were several slices left.
Then, we finally ventured into actual Sonoma and walked around the Plaza! It was rather crowded but we filled our time with bookstores and other unique local shops. To get away from the crowds, we walked along the residential streets to admire the beautiful homes. In my opinion, the Plaza is worth skipping on a warm weekend because it was crowded along with all the stores and restaurants. However, we were glad to read some of the historical information that accompanied the buildings and the mission, the northern end of the California Mission Trail.
It was now around 3pm and we were in need of food again. I suggested The Fig Café and we hopped in the car once again! I had been there once for dinner which was delicious but on Sundays they serve breakfast items all day with their regular menu. Unable to resist, my mom andI both ended up with breakfast: quiche Lorraine for my mom and a fried egg sandwich on brioche for me. Both meals came with fries and a green salad. The meal was truly a treat. Their wine selection is limited but curated well so we still found a rose that would fit our needs.
Before my mom departed we made one last stop at Glen Ellen Village Market, a small but fully stocked grocery store with many local and specialty items. Their local wine selection is vast and fun to peruse.
Overall, we had a fulfilling day in Sonoma and I would not have changed a thing about it!
Unfortunately I am new to this whole blog thing and was not on my photo game so I apologize for lack of photos.