Sunday, June 14, 2009

Aaahhh... wine country!!


Spent a fabulous day/night in the Santa Ynez valley north of Santa Barbara doing wine tasting by myself. I had so much fun!! I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway on Sunday morning to the 101 past Santa Barbara and then up the 154 to Santa Ynez/Solvang. Cranking the tunes, singing at the top of my lungs, the ocean a constant companion to my left. I did some wine tasting at a couple of wineries before I checked into my hotel. At Sunstone winery I ran into a girl I went to high school with and we sat in the sun, sipped wine, and chatted for almost two hours. She is also a nurse and was visiting the area with her boyfriend. So good to see you Heather! I really enjoyed our time together!

















75 degrees perfect, lavender was in full bloom...
















Met some friendly locals at The Hitching Post while eating steamed artichokes and grilled quail...















Checked out the vintage motorcycle museum (dreamy sigh)...















Loved my hotel room with the fireplace, a glass of local wine, and fresh out of the hot tub...















And spent the next day dining and wining in Los Olivos...


I LOVE to travel by myself! Of course it would have been so much more fun with Noah but I enjoyed the interaction with people and the feeling of independence of exploring a new place all by myself. I brought home a lot of bottles of wine to share with stories behind each one.



1 comment:

pjackson2009@charter.net said...

So thats where youve been. Sounds like you needed some RandR. Adventure! Nqomi you really know how to take care of yourself. Makes me want to hit the road. I like the logo on the motor cycle. A hot tub fire and wine would knock me out good. Miss you. MOM