9 am: Kara, Mak, and I decided to carpool on this trip. I took a car down to the Sunset to meet the girls bright and early to beat the traffic. It was great getting the know the girls better during this mini-drive, we talked blog strategy, laughed, got into a little bit of traffic, laughed some more, and finally made it to our first destination- 235 Luxury Suites, our hotel for the evening.
11 am: We arrived on time with a few minutes to spare and practically bounced out of Kara's car to be greeted by the 80-degree sunshine, warm breeze, and the rest of our Healdsburg group- Amy, Kelly, Emily and Megan. As we stepped into the lobby at 235 Luxury Suites, we were escorted to our rooms by our lovely innkeeper. Kara, Kelly and I were staying in the same suite space, so we took the elevator up to the second floor and found ourselves in an expansive and chicly furnished 3-room floor plan. Not only did we have one good looking place to stay but the folks at 235 set us up with a beautiful "welcome home" gift of wine and snacks. I instantly fell in love.
3:45pm: Refreshed and recharged we found ourselves on Healdsburg Ave. at La Crema Tasting Room Healdsburg for our final tasting of the day. We were greeted with a cheese and charcuterie platter to be rivaled from any we ate earlier that day- this girl was hungry and practically devoured all the Swiss. We were sat in the back room and treated to a plethora of La Crema wine, our sommelier even did a blind taste test where a few of the girls had to try and guess which wine was which!
5:15pm: With bellies full of wine and cheese six happy girls wandered back to 235 Suites in search of some downtime and an outfit change or two — to shoot even more looks.
7:30pm: The group met up at Valette, our gracious dinner host for the evening. The menu was contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on local food and wine. We were treated to a five-course "trust me" dinner, where it was chefs choice, we let him know what our allergies were and he worked his magic to serve us delicious meals accordingly. Everything was tasty and fresh, but per usual my favorite course was dessert. The girls split every course so we could each get a taste of what everyone was eating so naturally dessert was also shared. Some highlights for me were the Caramella Chocolate Semifreddo, the Bread Butter and Jam, and the overindulging of wine and chatter towards the end of the evening. With all the energy and wine flowing it was clear we weren't ready to stop the night. We decided to grab one more drink at a local spot, John and Zeke's, and then it was time to get some beauty sleep.
11:30pm: Lights out and time to catch up on Instagram while falling asleep. :) zzzz
9:30am: Not going to lie, I hit the snooze a couple of times, but once I finally woke up it was nice to just lie in those deliciously comfortable sheets, I sure do love hotel beds! I quickly showered, got ready and packed up. After dropping our bags off at the car, we walked to our breakfast spot — The Parish Cafe. Moments after we sat down Emily ordered the table a few plates of beignets, as soon as those powdery bits of deliciousness came out I was in love. I ordered a coffee and the Shrimp and Grits as my entree- but secretly was wishing I ordered a plate of the beignets just for me!
11:30:am: After breakfast we hopped in our respective cars down the long country highway with the windows rolled way down to our next and final destination — Reeve Wine. This place is exactly how you should end a magical 24 hours in Healdsburg. It. Was. Stunning.
Walking up the estate, there was a warm breeze in the air, a smell of summer somewhere far off even though it was barely the start of spring. We walked up to a beautiful rustic-chic space, with a large outdoor patio shaded by trees, flanked by vineyards, and goats frolicking in a pen nearby. After shooting a million shots of the space, and even attempting a drone video we settled into our outdoor seats to swirl and sip with winemaker Noah Dorrance. Once our tasting slowed down the group hopped into the back of Noah's truck, and we drove to his guest estate up the hill. Viewing this home was a highlight of the trip! This expansive guest house complete with wine cave, pool and insane views of the Valley was epic. I need to get back to Reeve ASAP to experience this again. It's also available to rent if you are in the market!
Huge thanks to Emily E Martin events, and the various Restaurants, Wineries, and 235 Luxury Suites Hotels for hosting me on this fabulous trip!