Feels Like Home

By the time this posts, I will be in Boston, working away and likely zombified from a night in the air. Our trip to California was short but full of great food, great wine, never ending natural beauty, and best of all, great people.

It started out on Friday with a fantastic flight on Virgin America. If you ever have the opportunity to fly this airline and upgrade to main cabin select, do it! We had tons of extra leg room and free entertainment, food, and drinks for the entire flight. Bring on the cheese plate, the sparkling wine, veggies and hummus, and a sub for my hub :)

After an absolutely gorgeous drive up to wine country, we visited Rodney Strong, which definitely deserves a post all its own. Fabulous.

Our home away from home was Vintner’s Inn, right outside of Santa Rosa. A luxurious yet homey property, Vintner’s Inn was far more than we could have ever wanted, and we can not wait to stay there again.

Upon checking in, I was upgraded to a junior suite which proved to be a plush, comfortable, and spacious room with a jacuzzi tub, shower, huge, fluffy bed, a complimentary bottle of Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc, a balcony overlooking the vineyards, and nightly turndown with fresh chocolate chip cookies. Oh and, a beautiful breakfast buffet each morning.

Vintners Inn Bedroom



Vintners Inn vineyard

The property also featured a walking/jogging path that went around the vineyard and was the perfect way to stretch our legs after a long flight from Boston.


Bud break started happening just recently in the valley. It was a pretty neat time to be there.

Chardonnay blocks

Future Chardonnay


There were horses at the edge of the path, and I couldn’t resist taking a photo.


Coming home each night to fresh cookies? Yum!

The breakfast room was decorated in a comfy French country theme, and the complimentary spread was perfect. It included fruit, cheese, a variety of breads and pastries, juice, and yogurt.



It was a yogurt lover’s heaven!


The Vintners Inn is a great jumping off point for exploring both Napa and Sonoma valleys, and we took full advantage of it, making our way from Santa Rosa to Healdsburg to Calistoga and Yountville. Everyone at the hotel was incredibly hospitable and genuinely interested in us having a good time.

I miss it already!

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Tags: Food, hotel, Sonoma, Travel, wine, wine country

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Happy birthday!


  2. Kelly’s avatar

    Sounds like such an amazing weekend. The pictures are beautiful! I really want to fly Virgin AMerica- it seems like even the regular class is SO much better than other airlines!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Virgin America is amazing. They should fly everywhere!


    2. Simply Life’s avatar

      Oh I’m so jealous- looks amazing!


    3. Raija’s avatar

      LOVE the new blog look – so very sophisticated and 30! No longer almost! :)


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Thanks! I thought it was time for a change!


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