This past week I took a nice, hard-earned vacation. I decided to go up the California Coast to some of the more infamous tourist locations. I have lived in this state for four and a half years, and I’ve done probably one percent of the activities most California visitors have seen and experienced.
For the purposes of this post I’ll just post a few small thumbnails to go over the general timeline of the excursion. As always, feel free to browse the whole Flickr Set.
California’s scenic coastal highway, just South of Santa Barbara, CA.
The view from the 101 South of Santa Maria, CA.
The small town square of Paso Robles, CA. I plan on making a trip to the area again some day. It’s a nice little town.
North of Paso Robles, CA. Started to see some grape vines!
This is the view from the hotel balcony in Carmel, CA. There weren’t many chances to get photos, there were only a few random sunny moments.
Some vines from Robert Mondavi’s (RIP) To Kolan vineyard and winery in the Oakville District of Napa Valley. The vines were pruned down to specific buds to control the vine growth for the upcoming season. These vines will start to sprout in April.
Not far from Mondavi, a random field with pruned grape vines and flowering mustard. There was mustard everywhere in the valley in the vine rows.
From Cappellet vineyards, way, way, way up a windy driveway in Napa. Overlooking a full lake.
One of the mansions on Berringer’s grounds. Berringer is like the Disney of wineries. Not one of my favorite places we went.
The Japanese-style gardens at Arista winery in Sonoma. They make an incredible and very, very dry gewurztraminer.
Downtown Sonoma (a traffic nightmare). Had a great lunch at The Girl and The Fig, but not much else to do in town.
Obligatory Golden Gate photo.
San Francisco Treat (ding-ding)
Grant Street and Market.