Sonoma: our pet friendly staycation!
After the NorCal fires, J and I decided to spend more time in those areas that were affected. We started planning the last weekend of 2017, and we wanted to go away for a couple of days.
We usually go to Napa once a month for what we call our Outdoor Date at Domaine Carneros and do our wine pickup as well. We genuinely love being so close to such a magical place and given how the fires affected their businesses the way you can help is going there, drinking Sonoma wine, eating at their AMAZING restaurants and hanging with the locals, who are just lovely and resilient people.
We decided on the spot: we'll ring the New Year in Sonoma, now what do we do with Lola? We have a great sitter that we found using Rover but, we get #lolasick when we travel without her, so resolved to find pet-friendly places where she was welcome.
Our hotel, The Lodge at Sonoma was just fantastic; we stayed at this little cottage, had breakfast outside and overall enjoyed the place. They're pet-friendly, they only ask to keep the furries out of their furniture (which makes sense!). And they have a shuttle to take you to the Sonoma Plaza and get ice cream near by. Also, one of my favorite restaurants: The Girl and The Fig is near downtown.
After settling in, we walked around downtown; we found Hopmonk Tavern, a beer garden that serves tasty food and great sips. Lola was so pampered, and everyone stopped to pet her. (Can't blame them tho).
Later that same day, we wanted a quiet night and had dinner at Carneros Bistro, what a wonderful meal we had there, the deviled eggs and wild mushroom soup were divine, the grilled octopus and the ribs, all of it was just on point. Delicious food, relaxed ambiance, and pet-friendly.
We looked for a winery where we could have a picnic, relax and walk around vines with Lola, we found Larson Family
Winery, packed a picnic and had the most amazing day. Lola was happy and trying to attack our picnic and the Larsons are lovely people who own 3 HUGE amazing labradors and they roam freely around the property. You need to make reservations but, once you're there it's just a beautiful property with a bocce course and good wine.
If you want to have a great weekend somewhere you can take your furry bff (and, you can actually help rebuild a community) you should go to Sonoma. Let me know if you want some tips!