Day trips, weekend getaways and vacation destinations are the focus of this blog. Food & wine, The Lake Tahoe area and California’s wine country will feature prominently.
Healdsburg is always a fun day trip on its own, but getting outside the downtown shopping area adds a new level of enjoyment. A recent trip found us scoping out the Russian River Valley wineries, then meeting friends for dinner Downtown. Two winery gems just up 101 to the north that share the same driveway at 11455 Old Redwood Highway are Rodney Strong Winery and J Winery. Both are picturesque, have unique, even elaborate, tasting rooms and beautiful grounds. Start at J Winery, which produces sparkling and specialty wines, and pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris. The cooler temperatures make for some really good pinot noirs, and when you enter the winery, you encounter a hostess station where you are offered your first taste—a sparkling wine. A light appetizer or two,...