Sunday, November 2, 2014

California Adventures: Sonoma

Leading up to our trip, this leg was one that we were looking forward to the most. Ever since we found out we would be moving here, we had been excitedly talking about what we would like to do with our short visit.

Our first morning was spent enjoying the drizzly weather at the Cal State Sonoma campus. Ed had a meeting with a soon to be coworker while Evan and I explored campus. It will be such a great place for Ed to work and Evan to attend daycare. Afterwards, we headed to Petaluma, a city south of Rohnert Park (were CSU Sonoma is located), that we'd really liked from looking at online. 

We had a yummy lunch in downtown, and then enjoyed walking around. 

I loved all of the old buildings and look forward to many more lovely days exploring once we live nearby.

It really is such a picturesque place.

After our downtown exploration, we headed up to a neighborhood that Ed has been eyeing online. it's big selling feature? Well, it's not hard to figure out. 

It was a gorgeous day, which just accentuated the beauty of the golden hills - hands down my favorite California scenery. 

We took a very short hike up a trail across the street from some homes, and fantasized about having views like this just a few minute walk from our home. 

Our little boy was, like always, a bit sleepy, but still enjoyed the view, we think. 

Could you imagine living in one of those homes? They'll probably prove out of our price range, but who knows :).

As we headed back down to the car, it was with happy hearts. 

That evening, we headed out to dinner in a tiny town near Sebastopol, meeting up with my sister. My two boys looked very handsome.

Evan loved hanging out with his auntie!

We were so fortunate to be staying with a family friend, who has an amazing property up in the Sebastopol mountains. I was very, very taken with all the cute deer that popped up in the mornings and evenings.

And, spending time on her patio, with this gorgeous view, was heavenly. 

Spending time here was incredibly relaxing. 

Few things are as peaceful as sitting in nature. 

We finished off our visit by getting the local's tour of downtown Sebastopol.

After the shops, we, of course, had to go wine tasting. 

Evan made sure to wake up for this part. He will be a wine country boy, after all!

Evan seemed partial to the reds :). 

The next morning, we headed off through those golden hills, south towards our next destination. 

We cannot wait to call this place home.

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