I love weekend road trips, especially up to Sonoma and Napa county. Sometimes I forget how fortunate I am to be living so close to wine country, as its one of the most beautiful regions in the world. This past weekend was my second trip up to the wine country this year. It's been a regrettably cold and busy summer, which has made it a bit more difficult for me to make it out there- despite it being only an hour away.
My friend Keith (whom I've known since I was in Kindergarten!) threw a small wine-tasting/BBQ get together in honor of his birthday. His mom and step-dad live in Healdsberg and have the most beautiful house beside all the vineyards. On our way to the event in Healdsberg, my friend Nicole and I made a pit stop at her family cabin at the Russian River. We sat out on her back deck in the sun, drinking Corona's and catching up on the latest.
Later in the afternoon we drove to Healdsberg to greet the rest of the crew, BBQing at the house. Keith loves to cook and is an amazing chef, so we all were treated to a fabulous meal consisting of grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, caesar salad and bottomless glasses of wine. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day, the perfect break from city-living that I needed.
Nicole's family cabin at the Russian River. It's so cute!
Relaxing on the back patio of Nicole's cabin.
The backyard view from the river cabin
I have no idea where this creature came from. Nice door stopper Nicole!
A sneak peak inside the Russian River cabin. It was recently remodeled.
Grapes growing on the fence in the backyard
Nicole's family garden, so pretty!
Nicole on the deck at the Roadhouse Restaurant by the Russian River
Driving over this cute little bridge from the Russian River into Healdsberg
Nicole and I arrived at the house in Healdsberg to find a serious game of beer pong in the works!
Me and Nicole drinking wine on the back patio in Healdsberg
Dane, Keith and Jeff posing in the backyard
Nicole and Matt sitting at the back patio table
Dane and Kristine hanging out beside the BBQ