We wake up, Katie & Scott land in San Fran, grab a rental car and pick us up. We’re together! Two couples! Success… so far. The rest of the morning involves us driving to the house in Glen Ellen for our wine weekend. A few hours on the road, catching up, Brett & Scott meeting for the first time… we’ve talked about that FOREVER, and it has finally happened!
Sonoma : we’re here!
En route to the home, we pass rows upon rows of the most beautiful landscape – Sonoma views at their finest.
Our journey thus far had left us hungry, so we stopped for a bite to eat at Kenwood.
A logical thought had us sipping on a variety of brews, since we knew the entire weekend would be filled with wine-induced joy.
For the life of me, I cannot remember the type of open-faced sandwich I had. Some sort of fish, not salmon… maybe salmon? Clearly it wasn’t memorable. It was hard to keep all the moving pieces in place without toppling over into my lap. Nevertheless, we laughed and started the weekend off right.
The calm before the beautiful storm. There was maybe one more work phone call to take [Scott] – so we insisted on me taking a picture of Katie taking a picture of Brett taking a picture of Scott on the phone, with his work, in the parking lot, in God’s-freaking-country-Sonoma.
We paid the bill and hightailed it out of there. Molly & Chris were driving in a rental with Carley & AJ. We were all within the same zip code and the energy was palpable.
The house we rented, called Oliviera…due to the olive trees growing on the property… was located up a mini-mountain. The rental (a VW) handled the 45 degree incline nicely. Sun shining, wind whipping through our car. We cruised into the gravel parking lot and got out to explore.
The home has luxurious bedrooms, multiple bathrooms with tiled showers. A pool, a hot tub, a fully-equipped kitchen, flat screen… the amenities don’t end. They have their own shampoo and bars of soap made by a nearby body shop. Fresh ground coffee is available for us in a welcome kit, made by local coffee shop.
We can’t think of a detail they have left out. Dave and David are apparently a doctor (am I making that up?…) and an interior designer/realtor who recognized this property as a prime location.. let me tell you, they were right!
The other four showed up moments after we arrived… and a good five minutes were spent hugging one another in excitement. Is this what it feels like to be grown up? To be adults? Four happy couples meet in Sonoma, rent a multi-million dollar home for a long weekend of wine-tasting, Cards Against Humanity laughter, grill outs on the deck and memory making? I know all are not as fortune. We are blessed beyond dreams for this opportunity.
A quiet close to our first official day in Sonoma… we grilled chicken, drank on the patio and the four of us girls giggled at our fortune. Well, at least I did. What a treat to be enjoying a beautiful property, in a gorgeous part of the country, with some of the best people I know.
I love my life.