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We’ve just returned from an awesome glamping getaway at the Petaluma KOA just north of San Francisco near Napa Valley! I had seen a picture of their gorgeous Deluxe Cabins on Pinterest and decided to give glamping a try at the Petaluma KOA, just 6 hours away by car from Los Angeles. Our trip to Napa + Sonoma was the perfect blend of a wine getaway and a summer camping trip.
Can’t get to the Petaluma KOA? The Deluxe Cabin I stayed in is replicated at many of the campsites KOA has across the country, so there may be one near you! Here’s a look inside what I called our tiny house:
Wine Country Loft Lodge – Our Deluxe Cabin featured a separate bedroom, a sleeping loft (great for kids), kitchenette, toilet, shower, TV, gas BBQ, firepit, picnic table, towels and linens. The only thing I actually had to pack was this marshmallow roasting stick! I would also suggest bringing campfire chairs that we used for reading on our front deck during the day and around the fire at night.
I also loved having our own private washroom and not have to schlep to the shared facilities. I know it’s a luxury and a premium to pay – but it was totally worth it. One thing to note, there is no bathroom sink. We used the kitchen sink to wash dishes and brush our teeth. But the crew at Petaluma KOA did manage to squeeze in a lot in this small space. (more…)
With over 478 wineries in Napa Valley alone, how does one even begin to choose which to visit? Robert Mondavi Winery gives you a behind-the-scenes look at a recognized brand and a BIG winery. I don’t have a ton of wine knowledge, so I booked Paul and I into The Robert Mondavi Signature Tour (90 min, $35 with three tastings) to learn the basics during our recent trip to Napa.
This Robert Mondavi Winery produces close to 3.5 million bottles annually and it was fascinating to see the machinery it takes to produce that volume of wine. I learned a lot about this history of Napa, how wine is made and a chance to see the bottling plant – this is a fantastic tour and I highly recommend making it your first stop.
We even got an up-close look at their $350 million dollar state-of-the-art fermentation cellar and the huge French oak barrels where the process occurs (more…)
Planning a trip to Napa Valley, California?
We just got back from an amazing weekend getaway drinking wine, eating great food and lounging around in a cozy cabin next to campfire. I did a lot or research for my Napa Valley trip and it was really difficult to narrow down which wineries to visit and what to do during my visit.
The biggest thing is that everything is pretty spread out, so you have to be a bit strategic about hitting everything in the same area at the same time.
Here’s a look at my itinerary if you’re planning your own trip to Napa Valley + Sonoma Valley, California:
Getting There – Paul and I opted to make the 6 hour drive to Napa Valley by car from Los Angeles. We ended up stopping in Dublin, CA at around the 5 hour mark of our drive for dinner. It’s a big suburb with a shiny, new Whole Foods Market if you’re trying to eat something healthy on the road before you overdo it on ALL the wine + cheese on your upcoming trip. If you’re feeling sushi, Amakara is a good one to check out or go for Pho at Pho Saigon Garden. Dublin also has a huge shopping mall nearby to stretch your legs AKA get your shop on.
Winery Tours + Restaurant Reservations – One very big lesson I learned while planning my Napa Valley trip is that winery tours, special tastings/pairings and restaurant reservations all book up very quickly. So make your itinerary at least a MONTH or more in advance and start booking your reservations for all the places you want to hit on your trip to avoid any disappointment.
Things To Do in Napa Valley
Since everything in Napa Valley is pretty spread out, I tried to group things that were close together without having us running back and forth across wine country.
Tour a BIG Winery – We started our day in Napa Valley by booking into The Robert Mondavi Signature Tour (90 min, $35), which is a great big winery tour. This location produces close to 3.5 million bottles annually and it was fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes look at this recognized brand. You can read more about my visit to Robert Mondavi Winery in my post here. (more…)
I love glamping.
It’s one of the things I most look forward to when summer starts to roll around. I love being outside, chilling out and just being close to nature. I’ve done in a bit of glamping near Toronto and Los Angeles and thought I would share a few of my favourite glamping escapes near both cities.
Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California is one of the most memorable glamping trips I’ve been on recently. Breathe deeply as the marine layer rolls off the Pacific as you relax on the porch of your oceanfront yurt. You might be able to see dolphins or whales migrating from your perch.
There’s nothing to do here but sip wine, go on long hikes, hang at the beach, read in the sun and drink coffee. WiFi is spotty. The restrooms and shower facilities are shared and the yurts book up quite quickly. Rates from $225. Your best best is to go mid-week for the best rates and availability. Read more from my visit to Treebones Resort. (more…)