“You had me at merlot” is a pretty accurate description of my bachelorette party weekend in Sonoma County, CA.
The weekend agenda couldn’t have been more perfect – pool time, home cooked meals, games & gifts, wineries, tastings, live music, farm animals, colorful and exotic flowers, picnic….jealous yet? There were 9 of us who stayed in a VRBO located in a community set next to a beautifully groomed golf course. The home was spacious and included everything we could need which made packing much simpler. The best part of the home was the inground pool and hot tub, which was where we spent majority of day one. My sisters made sure to supply tons of appropriate and hilarious bachelorette decor which made for good laughs and inappropriate behavior. I loved the cups my sister had made for everyone (a great keepsake!) from a shop on Etsy, complete with an assortment of colorful penis straws…obviously keeping it classy!
I loved the flow of the entire weekend, especially because Friday’s festivities did not overdo it causing Saturday to be a struggle. We were well rested and prepared to tackle Saturday’s full lineup of wineries, tastings, picnic lunch and dinner + drinks in Healdsburg! When we arrived on Friday, we stopped in the town of Petaluma for lunch at the Apple Box, which is a beautiful cafe sitting on the river and serves fresh organic ingredients. My sisters and mom had the place decked out in decorations with plenty of snacks + cocktails prepared for when we arrived. We spent the day lounging and partying by the pool followed by home prepared greek salad + pizzas and the yummiest cake my sister bought for me from SusieCakes. The party continued with gifts and the most creative “he said, she said” game my sisters and Corey worked to put together. He recorded answers to specific questions about our relationship where I was then later asked the same questions – a true testament to our compatibility and overall memory!
Saturday rolled around and the itinerary my sister Kelly put together was the perfect trifecta. The three wineries we visited were J Vineyards & Winery, Lambert Bridge Winery and Truett Hurst, all providing a unique spin on wine tasting and scenery. Here is my take on each one:
J Vineyards & Winery
Located in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley
Known for their sparkling wines & bubbly
Toured the vineyard which was super educational and interactive – like tasting the grapes!
Lambert Bridge Winery
Located just west of Dry Creek
A little bit of everything – lavish gardens, intimate picnic vistas and vaulted tasting room filled with beautiful chandeliers, wine barrels and rustic wooden tables
Stunning scenery, making for the perfect photo backdrop
Located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley
Well known for their Zinfandel and Sirah vineyards (never knew I liked Zinfandel until our favorite wine connoisseur Anthony broadened my wine tasting horizons!)
Saturday and Sunday live music in the tasting room
Alluring landscapes filled with tall, exotic wild flowers and a calm flowing river
Farm animals…we couldn’t get enough of the sweet goats (Lucy, Tres and Cuatro)
After a day full of wineries, our chariot dropped us off in Healdsburg (highly recommend visiting next time you find yourself in Sonoma County!) where we had a delicious dinner at Baci Cafe & Wine Bar. Post dinner, we ventured through Healdsburg making stops at both John & Zeke’s Bar and Grill and Duke’s Spirited Cocktails (delicious craft cocktails!). A night full of dancing, cocktails and nonstop laughs.
I truly could not have asked for a better way to celebrate my last big ‘fling before the ring’! Sending my sincerest thank you to my sisters, mom, future sister-in-law and best friends for throwing an unforgettable weekend…definitely one for the books! And now, the countdown is on – 65 days until I marry my best friend. Let’s do this!