Winery Walks: Think Lavender at Matanzas Creek Winery

We recently visited Matanzas Creek Winery – just before a big event. The lavender was gorgeous and the wine was pretty good too. Please visit soon before the lavender is harvested. Originally posted in June 2014: If it’s June, think about visiting Matanzas Creek Winery in the Bennett Valley in Sonoma County. Thought we hadContinue reading “Winery Walks: Think Lavender at Matanzas Creek Winery”

Walking Santa Barbara – Alice Gardens and Downtown

Did I mention that I love Santa Barbara, because every place we wanted to go was about 10 minutes away? One morning we headed to the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. It’s only a few blocks from State St., the main shopping street in Santa Barbara. Previously on the site was a grand hotel untilContinue reading “Walking Santa Barbara – Alice Gardens and Downtown”

Winery Walks: Coppola Winery

No wine was hurt on a recent visit to Coppola Winery. It is such an amazing place – we didn’t feel the need to drink. A spectacular day with an unusual sky for Northern California ensured a great visit. Coppola Winery is in the Alexander Valley, near Geyserville, CA. A welcoming place, their website descriptionContinue reading “Winery Walks: Coppola Winery”

Winery Walks: Korbel – Guerneville

We went to Korbel (again) last fall, but the season got too late for publicizing the glory of their gardens. So with a few new stops, I can now show you Korbel Winery. In the redwoods near Guerneville is Korbel Winery. (Sorry, can’t link to their website. It’s age screened. If you’re old enough goContinue reading “Winery Walks: Korbel – Guerneville”

Winery Walks: Lynmar Estate

For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure. Near Graton and Sebastopol you will see many wineries along Hwy 116. However if you turn on Frei Rd, you’ll find this gem – Lynmar Estates.