United States of America · 8 Days · 23 Moments · September 2016

Sheehans take California!

25 September 2016

Last dinner of the trip at Sardine Factory.

24 September 2016

Had to stop at Lovers Point in Monterey.
Woke up and had a great breakfast and drove out to Big Sur. Highway 1 is such a breathtaking drive. We stopped to see McWay falls and a few other stops. We opened up our bottle from Chandon and enjoyed that at one of our stops.
Drinks overlooking the monterey bay before a great italian dinner.

23 September 2016

We spent the afternoon wandering around in Carmel by the sea. We stopped in for a wine tasting at Wrath Wines before shopping. We made our way down to the beach to see dozens of daulphins playing up and down the beach. You can see the famous 10th hole of pebble beach in the background of some of the pictures.
After a great few days in Yosemite we were exhausted. The hike really killed me. Friday morning we got up and headed out to Monterey. It was a sketchy drive through different farms and winding roads. Once in town we had lunch down on the wharf. We found some otters playing off the docks.

22 September 2016

Last stop was at tenaya lake so matt could soak his feet...it was already about 35° outside.
Todays the big hike! 10 miles round trip to see North Dome. The hike was great. It was cold almost the entire trip hence the beanie and sweatshirt. Once we got out there we had lunch and relaxed for a while. On the way we back found 3 families of deer that weren't that scared of us.
Second trail for the day was to see the sequoias. It ended up being a much farther walk than anticipated and it started to rain. It was worth it to see the giant beauties.

21 September 2016

We left Napa and were on our way to Yosemite! First order of business was the Mist Trails. It's the most popular trail and it was packed. Its almost entirely uphill. Once we got to a good point the boys took off higher.
Our last dinner was at Bistro Jeanty for bone marrow and onion soup. So amazing! After dinner had to stroll around Yountville to work off the rich foods.

20 September 2016

Next up was Bouchon Bakery and Oakville Grocery for lunch and dessert.
Couldn't pass up Caymus! We sat on a patio and had a tasting with two extras thrown in.
Next up was a quick stop at Inglenook for Matt. Nick Cage's unlce is the owner of these vineyards. If you know Matt you know his love for Nick Cage runs deep. The grounds were beautiful and the wine delecious. They had a great store as well with great finds. I wish I had bought a few things.
We started our last day in wine country at Robert Mondovi for a tasting. The heat had finally calmed down and it was a beautiful day to sit outside by the vineyards and sample a flight of wine. It was the best Tuesday I've had in a while. 😀

19 September 2016

We had what was supposed to be a quick stop at Clos du val which ended up being longer due to 2 extra pours and meeting a new friend. We were behind schedule for our Jarvis cave tour but made it due to matts great driving. This tasting was great which also had extra pours. On the way out we were told to stop at the tasting vines to try some grapes. We might have had a little too much fun there. We finished the night with dinner at Rutherford Grill and had the bottle from the airbnb.
Quixote was by far our favorite winery. Basically the reason we plannned the trip. I cant wait for our first shipment. The architect was german and split his time between austria, new zealand and japan before agreeing to design this building. It has a hint of Gaudi from spain and so unique for the area. It is the only building designed by him in the US. The building is meant to blend in to the vegitation and it does but when you see if its beautfiul. They were harvesting/crushing while we were on sight which was amazing to see.
No better way to start a Monday than BUBBLES! Chandon has the most beautiful grounds with chairs all over to enjoy the outdoors taking in the views. I could have sat there all day but onto Quixote!

18 September 2016

Wineries of the day: Beringer, Salverstine, hall, sterling Salverstine was my favorite one. We went home with a bottle here. The heat got the best of us but we stu k it out until 3 on the bikes. We finished the day with pizza at Red Wood.
We started our first day wine tasting by picking up our bikes. It was going to be a scorcher (highed hear 100).
Our Airbnb is amazing. It is so cute and settled right in the vineyards. Couldn't have asked for a better location! The wine the host left was delicous as well. We enjoyed that one night at a restaurant that didn't have a corkage fee. After checking out the digs we went down to Napa to check out Oxbow Market and have dinner at Kitchen Door.

17 September 2016

Fisherman's Warf, Ghirardelli Square, sea lion colony From the bridge we park by the square to walk around... so many tourist. We managed to finaly grab some seafood for lunch and continue on to see the sea lions. I could watch them for hours! They really are funny. Before leaving we grabbed some ice cream from Ghirardelli which was not needed nor that great. Next stop Napa!
1st stop of the day. After getting the rental and picking everyone up we made our way to the bridge for some tourist pictures. We tried to see the painted ladies but the park was under construction.