On Friday we woke up, ordered room service breakfast, and had a mellow morning. Although... Our room shared a common deck area. And we didn't lock our sliding door. So as we were sitting in bed, Matt in his underoos, we heard a sound. Not sure what it was we looked at each other. Then looked at a blonde lady as she walked into our room. Her face was immediately mortified and she quickly left while we laughed out loud.
Though visiting "Russian River Brewery" is enough reason to come to Sonoma County, we decided to make the most of our visit and also get to some Sonoma wineries.
First, Ledson Winery and Vineyards, where we were beyond impressed by the beautiful grounds, yummy Zin and chocolates and fudge! St. Anne's Crossing was much more quaint, but more our pace and style. Though a "tasting" was six, he let us taste everything on the menu plus somethings not listed, and we took a tour of the Naked Wines facility . I also walked out with a bottle worth saving for a special occasion. Third, was the beautiful Chateau St. James, and by now we pretty happy and done. The grounds were fantastic, but by now we didn't need any more.
And off to Bolinas, a tiny little surf town near Stinson Beach which has remained hidden by the locals, to the point where they have chopped down the sign leading to the town for the past 50 years. It was even mentioned in the NY Times. Plus, some shoreside climbing in Mickey's Beach that we wanted to check out. I have to say, the "town" was just one street. A small artist colony/hippy type of town that follows it's own rules! Matt found us this place to stay, called Smiley's Schooner Saloon and Hotel. What intrigued him was that this place was established in 1851 and was a "speak easy" during the prohibition period. The bar was a dive, but entertaining. We were in for a treat as a local band, "The Haggards" played all night, and by 1am, we had danced for hours, and we were watching local boys duke it out as it seems they do pretty consistently. Let's just say, we had way too much fun.