This year has been a whirlwind, I needed a break. So I took 10 days off at the beginning of August and booked a ticket to Los Angeles. My birthday was coming up, and I couldn't think of a better thing to do than spend that time with my boyfriend. Sappy, I know. See the thing is.. we're still long distance and quality time is key! Just the thought of beating this blazing Vegas heat and getting to relax with him and @CapoHoncho was fun enough for me! Blessed that he would have me for that long (lol) I started to look into possibilities for a mini vacation during the days I would be there.
First thing that came to mind was California wine country! 3 years ago during the fall I had the pleasure of visiting Sonoma County with a few girlfriends. I remember it being fun, relaxing, and vibrant. And tons of wine, of course!! I figured the 5-6 hour drive would be a breeze, especially with some good company. With a bit more research on things to do in the area, we confirmed our trip. Best part of all Sonoma County is incredibly dog friendly. We were over the moon knowing that we could bring Capo! Being the adventurers we are, we changed the plan to drive up the PCH on the way to Northern California. Adding a stop in Paso Robles, we had a 4 day bae-cation on the horizon.
I was sooo excited to be returning to The Hotel Petaluma! The incredible hospitality I experienced during this stay is still vivid in my mind. Here's how the trip went:
Driving up the PCH to Sonoma was well worth the longer drive! We didn't get in until 10 pm the day of check in. We were all completely exhausted!! But with views like this from the Jeep...
The close to 10 hours we were on the road felt like maybe 4. I wasn't driving so perhaps his opinion is a bit different :-)
The views varied from gorgeous serene beaches, to waterfalls, and all the way to huge trees lining the road.
Capo enjoyed the trip and the stops we made along the way. By the time we reached The Hotel Petaluma he was pooped.
Check in was seamless, we felt welcomed as soon as we arrived. The front desk agent was informative, warm, and efficient. Not only did she provide a swift check in, she also provided some wine glasses and utensils for the late night pizza we ordered. I was blown away that she even provided a goodie bag for Capo! I was able to get him upstairs and in his favorite place (the bed) in the blink of an eye. Despite the couch and ample space in the room, he found his place in the center of the bed and did not move from that spot.
Besides the treats for Capo, I had some treats in the room as well! Nothing like well appointed amenities. As a hotelier, I can appreciate the small details of true guest convenience. For instance, I thoroughly enjoyed the makeup wipes left with turndown in the evening. That is one item I always forget to pack so I was happy to not have to make a trip to the local drugstore. (It's the little things, really.) I also was happy to find a coffee maker in the room! The coffee as well as granola bars were replenished daily. These items were a life saver especially the morning after we went wine tasting. The overall set up of the King room was so convenient and spacious. We loved returning to our home base to relax after a long day of exploring... that is, if Capo let us on the bed!
I LOVE the close proximity of delicious and fun things located in the same building! One of the reasons I returned to Hotel Petaluma was the great location in the city center. This time in addition to the Happy Hour held in the lobby hosted by Barber Cellars, we were able to check out the Shuckery, and Barber Lee Spirits. All three are must-do's if you're staying at the hotel.
We stopped before dinner for an appetizer and glass of champagne at The Shuckery. The oysters were so good we ordered a second round and pushed dinner back a few hours just to hang out in the lobby. Then we visited the Barber Cellars tasting room. The experience was also quite memorable! Meeting the owner and being able to pick his brain about owning and growing your own wine was extremely interesting. We were delighted to find out that he also owned the Spirits Tasting room next door. I could not resist, we ended up taking home a bottle of both the Barber Zinfandel as well as the Barber Lee Rye Whisky. Two great additions to our purchases during the trip.
Last but definitely not least we went to Della Fattoria. There wasn't a person in a 100 mile radius that didn't have wonderful reviews of the restaurant. We were not disappointed!
He got the spaghetti and meatballs and I chose the beef Wellington. I wish I had better pictures of the food, however both plates were so mouthwatering we couldn't help but quickly dig in! His pasta and the sauce accompanying it tasted freshly made. My dish.. I mean look at it. From the roasted veggies to the perfectly cooked fillet.. just amazing!
The restaurant was first well known as a bakery. All of their pastries, including the puff pastry surrounding the beef were sooo good! We'll definitely be back to Della Fattoria. Next time we will have to stay for the brunch everyone was talking about.
I don't know about the boys, but I was extremely sad to leave. We were so cozy the day of check out that we seriously considered staying an additional night. I mean, who needs to work anyway right? When we reluctantly checked out, we were able to grab a quick breakfast to go in the lobby. Another huge convenience! Two amazing stay experiences at the Hotel Petaluma and I'm a loyal guest. I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else when I visit Sonoma County.
A huge thank you to the GM at Hotel Petaluma for setting up our stay! You helped make my birthday trip a memorable experience. We hope to visit the property again..and soon!