|OK, It's Time to Go|
We bypassed San Francisco, even though we both love the city, since we spent a week there last year. But, we just had to drive through wine country. Sonoma Country won out over Napa, and we took the scenic route along Highway 12.
|Welcome to Sonoma County|
I love driving through vineyards. Even though the vines are just now beginning to turn green, they are lovely against the backdrop of the adjacent hills. It was in Sonoma that California’s modern wine industry began during the mid-1800s.The Sonoma Valley is such a beautiful part of the state, and the pastoral vistas made me want to stop for photos. It’s too bad that the weekend traffic made the drive a little less relaxing than we would have preferred.
|Vineyards Line the Highways|
|Soon There Will Be Grapes|
|A Pastoral Setting|
|Maybe We Should Have Stopped for a Tasting|
We stopped in the town of Sonoma, and it was packed with people. Sonoma was the twenty-first, and last, of the California missions established by the Spanish, and Mission San Francisco Solano is located on the central plaza. Wonderful eighteenth century buildings line the plaza. Sonoma is also the location of the Bear Flag Revolt, where Californians declared their independence from Mexico.
|Mission San Francisco Solano|
|Around the Plaza|
|Kitty Enjoyed the View|
Our favorite stop in Sonoma was the Sonoma Market, where we acted like kids in a candy store. I had been looking forward to finding a local market or store like Whole Foods where we could stock up on local cheeses, fruits and interesting prepared foods. Although we have not been cooking in the RV, we do enjoy ready-to-eat entrees.
We just couldn’t believe the variety at the Sonoma Market, and I wanted to get one of everything. Tim made me calm down, survey all of the choices and then select a few entrees that we could enjoy over the next few days. It was especially nice to also find roasted vegetables. The display of individual desserts was almost sinful. How to choose? I made Tim do it!
Tim also selected two wonderful cheeses produced locally, Laura Chenel’s Melodie Chevre and the Mezzo Secco Monterey Jack. We tried both of them this afternoon with fresh sourdough bread and California dates and couldn’t decide which we preferred. Both were delicious.
|A Little Cheese, A Little Bread|