Babymoon in Sonoma
April 5th, 2012
The long-awaited weekend get-away for our babymoon finally arrived! We left mid-day on Friday and took a nice 1.5 hour drive to Sonoma County for a much needed break and time alone together. This will most likely be the last time in a long time before we’re able to get away from things for a while so we wanted to take advantage of the alone time as much as possible while we have it!
The weather had been pretty wet the whole week leading up to this weekend and as each day passed the chance of rain in Guerneville (the little town we stayed in) got more and more definite so we prepared ourselves for a rainy weekend.
Heavy clouds on the drive up north
Lots and lots of snoozing cows!
We stayed at a cute little bed and breakfast called Cottages on River Road and had a little studio to spend the weekend in.
The row of cottages surrounded by giant trees
The community fire pit in which they had s’mores every night (except the two nights we were there, of course, due to the weather)
Cute little welcome sign
Adorable resident kitty, Frank
Friday afternoon we relaxed in our studio and then ventured out to the “downtown” area to walk around and get some dinner.
Church & Main Streets just up the block from the Russian River
The river! Not looking so pretty this time of year but we can imagine how gorgeous it’d be during the summer months.
Obligatory couples shot, proof that we spent the weekend together!
Dinner was pretty damn disappointing, unfortunately. We found the reviews for Koala’s Fine Food to be intriguing (a burger and sushi joint that had good reviews? We’re all about that!) but the place was, well, just disappointing. I would definitely not recommend eating there and we were bummed that our first meal was such a disappointment. I guess after being so spoiled with amazing food in Oakland and San Francisco we were overdue for a sad meal out. C’est la vie! We then went walking up and down the main drag and ended up at Main Street Station for a beer (for Kevin), a little dessert to share, and some live jazz music to listen to while we digested our funky dinner.
In the middle of the night the rain started pouring pretty hard and all throughout the morning on Saturday it was coming down pretty steadily. We had breakfast at the River Inn Grill and luckily Guerneville redeemed itself in regards to food. 😉 After a couple of hours back at the hotel we ventured out to Healdsburg for some wine country sight-seeing. We went to Healdsburg almost exactly two years ago with our friends Mika, Matt, Terri, and Scott for the Wine Road wine barrel tasting weekend and it was nice to be back!
A lone, rundown farmhouse on the way to Healdsburg
Downtown Healdsburg’s Raven Theater…wish we could’ve seen “To Kill a Mockingbird”!
The rain started coming down really hard while we were out and about. Check out Kevin’s awesome umbrella (not sure if you can tell but there are little cartoon cats all around the edges, haha).
The one store we spent the most time in was an antique shop where we scored a stack of 60s records–both to begin Sirena’s collection (we’ve got a nice set of Disney records such as Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and the Beanstalk) along with a few that I hope to use one day in my 8th grade US History classroom.
Check out this funny horse, you’re supposed to strap it on your leg and allow your kid to ride on your leg, hahah.
A random 1950s City of Long Beach pendant!
We were tempted by the amazing smells coming out of the Bear Republic Brewery so we had a yummy lunch there then decided to ditch Healdsburg and take the long way back to Guerneville–driving down unmarked, winding roads to see where it would lead us!
The sun peaking through the clouds
Beautiful farm land
We visited the Hop Kiln winery (the same one we visited in 2010) but this time it wasn’t for wine tasting…it was to use their facilities (hey, I’m pregnant and I gotta go every 22 minutes 😉 ).
Do you see the mini Hop Kiln on the lake??
My gorgeous baby-daddy-to-be
Beautiful tree + sky
Saturday night was pretty calm, even for me and Kevin’s standards! I took a nap (third trimester=exhaustion again!) and then we went out for a super late dinner at…I’m kind of embarrassed to say…Safeway! Hahhaha. By the time I woke up and we started talking about dinner most of the food joints were already closed in town so our only option was Safeway. Oh the memories Kevin and I create together! 😉
Sunday morning we ate some continental breakfast at the bed and breakfast and then took our sweet time moseying on home by taking a drive down Highway 1. We’ve seen a lot of the California coast but never that far north so it was a special treat.
The amazing California coast!
Me and my Kevi
Kevin exploring a cliff looking out onto the mighty Pacific
Belly shot + the ocean!
We had a glorious weekend away together and although it was bittersweet knowing that we wouldn’t have another weekend away just the two of us for a while, we know that as each day passes we’re getting that much closer to meeting our little lady!