One of the best perks about living in San Francisco is being able to escape from the city for the weekend and spend time in the beautiful countryside. Last weekend we headed out to the Lavender Barn open house in Sonoma to take in the views and cut some fresh lavender. The Lavender Barn is located right in the heart of wine country and is surrounded by miles of gorgeous vineyards.
Sonoma Lavender Barn
This was my first time visiting the Lavender Barn in Sonoma. It is only open two weekends a year and it is extremely popular with visitors from all over northern California. We were lucky to arrive early before all the crowds started to roll in and got a chance to stroll through the grounds and surrounding vineyards. I cut a large bunch of lavender to take home and it currently adorns our kitchen in a large mason jar. On the drive home the lavender was so fragrant that our whole car smelled like a spa. There's nothing better than the smell of fresh cut flowers!
My boyfriend and I just recently watched the movie Bottle Shock based on the incredible true story of winemakers in Napa Valley. I highly recommend watching it if you’re interested in the process and history of wine making. The film sparked our curiosity and we wanted to see the historic Chateau Montelena in-person. If you are out visiting the area, the Chateau is definitely worth adding to your itinerary. The estate's grounds include rolling hills with vineyards and a reservoir filled with swans and willow trees. Do your homework before visiting and watch the film beforehand, it will give you a great frame of reference and make your trip even more memorable.
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