My husband and I just returned from a four day vacation to the wine country. We stayed at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. This property is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have ever stayed. The flowers, trees and water features make this setting so beautiful.
We did wine tasting at 18 wineries in the area. It is hard to pick a favorite as most of them had their own character and charm. Two of my favorites were Imagery and Hop Kiln. Imagery is a combination of artwork and wine. Their wine labels are unique. Each label incorporates the parthenon as a part of the label. It's fun to try and find it. At Hop Kiln, the tasting room is the old hop kiln. Hops grow on the property today.
We had dinner at The Girl and The Fig. I am much more of a foodie than my husband. I was so looking forward to our dinner. Maybe it's because I am from the midwest or maybe I had built it up too much in my mind but I was really disapointed in the experience.
My favorite food experience of the trip was the Lemon Cottage Cheese Pancakes at the Big 3 Diner at the Sonoma Mission Inn. They were served with creme fraiche and were so light and delicious. They just melted in your mouth. I am looking forward to finding a recipe and trying these at home.
Many times you come home from a vacation feeling like you need another vacation. That was not the case with this trip, it was one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever taken. I look forward to another visit to this area sometime in the future.