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Francis Ford Coppola Winery

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Winery with a pool? Um, yes please.

One of the most unique wineries we visited during our recent trip to Napa + Sonoma was Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyersville, CA. Because where else can you day drink sparkling wine out of a pink can, while laying poolside at a gorgeous winery?

Bachelorette parties take note. You’ll want to rent a poolside cabana (from $170) for you and your girlfriends. The rate includes pool access, towels, a private shower, a cabine, lounge chairs, an umbrella and sparkling wine for four. I also found the menu pricing for food and wine to be very reasonable and we had great customer service from the moment we arrived.

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Here’s the view of the Francis Ford Coppola pool

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We booked a full day at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and booked a tour, tasting, pool passes and ate lunch poolside. If a cabine rental is too steep for you, consider booking a pool day pass instead (from $35). Do make reservations ahead of time by calling direct. We went on a slow day and were able to get a spot in-person. I had a problem using the online booking system, so just call to see if there’s room even if it may say sold-out online.

Make sure you set aside some time to walk around the grounds and look at all the movie memorabilia at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. It’s part museum, part winery and part resort all-in-one. All it’s really missing at this point is a hotel – which I’m sure will come soon. (more…)

A Glamping Getaway at San Francisco Petaluma KOA

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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:

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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…)