Travel Tips, USA

California Wine Country – Mother Daughter Trip

A few years back, my mother and I flew away on a spontaneous weekend getaway to Wine Country. It was awesome! Neither of us had ever spent time in Wine Country, so we were very excited for the trip. We knew it was the perfect place for us to have a girl’s weekend and a whole lot of fun!


We flew into San Francisco on a Friday afternoon and rented an Alamo rental car. Renting the car was super easy and fast and before we knew it we were heading north to Wine Country. We used GPS to navigate through the city, but it was VERY easy.  After about a two-hour scenic drive we checked into the Doubletree Sonoma, where we would stay for the weekend. The property is surrounded by the picturesque Sonoma Mountains and boasts two amazing golf courses. We were lucky enough to get a courtyard walk out room, which we loved. We picked up some wine and cheese for the night spent the evening relaxing, watching the movie Sideways in our room, and planning our route for the next morning.


The following morning we woke up bright and early ready to start our adventure. First on the list, and something we were both very excited about, was a quick trip over to Bodega Bay to check out some scenes from the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. We stopped at a coffee shop on the bay and spoke with some locals about what we could see in the town from the movie.

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They gave us directions to the town of Bodega, located a bit inland from Bodega Bay, and told us that was where the most recognizable scenes would be found. Once in Bodega, we stopped at a surf shop and the friendly worker pointed us up the hill to the school house from the movie, Potter School. This was AWESOME! We were the only people around so we had a lot of fun taking photos and recreating our own The Birds action scenes.


As we left Bodega and headed towards the heart of wine country we were amazed at the beauty of the landscapes. We joked about how “happy cows come from California” because they really do LOOK happy! Rolling hills, beautiful pastures and miles of grapevines! Because of our early start we needed something to do to kill a few hours before starting on our wine tour, so we followed signs directing us to a petrified forest. It was a beautiful drive followed by a peaceful walk through a forest. We learned about petrifaction and saw some very interesting sights.



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After this, it was time for wine! We did tastings at six wineries throughout the day and enjoyed our time at each one. We made it to a variety of places including large well-known wineries and small, friendly, family-owned tasting rooms.



Our favorite of the day was the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, complete with a pool, tours, tastings and live music. How could you not love this place?! We had a lovely and delicious lunch on the patio of their restaurant, made even better with my mom and my favorite wine, Francis Ford Coppola’s Directors Cut Chardonnay. After our tasting, we walked through the winery and looked awards and props from the movies that Francis Ford Coppola directed.  There are costumes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the desk and chair from the Godfather movies, and so many other props. It was very cool.


We had so much fun at all of the wineries. It was a great day! After the wineries, we headed back to the hotel for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and wine bar, Bacchus. We had a delicious dinner and finished our night laughing and loving life on our patio.


The next day we headed into downtown San Francisco. We stopped along the way to take pictures at the Golden Gate Bridge! It was a perfect day. We lucked out with great weather the whole weekend. After a few quick stops, we headed to the airport. Once again, we had a smooth and easy time dropping off the rental car. It was a wonderful girls weekend getaway and we will never forget it!



Have you been to wine country? What wineries should I put on my list for next time? What other fun things at there to do? Let me know!


Much Love & Happy Travels,

– Lacey


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  • Reply Jim

    nice pics and post. thanks for taking us along.

    January 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Ester

    Nice pictures!

    January 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Ingrid

    I love my mother/daughter excursions. I just spoke with my daughter this morning and we were discussing how we’re long overdue for a trip. This sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing all the interesting tidbits and fun photos.

    January 15, 2017 at 12:14 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      You are so welcome! Thanks for reading! I have some of the best memories from my trips with my mom! I am due for another soon too!

      January 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply

    This is awesome. I went to college at Sonoma State and used to drive to Bodega Bay all the time. And The Birds is one of my favorite movies. I recently read Tippi Hedren’s memoir. I guess Hitchcock was super abusive to her. It was a great movie though.

    January 15, 2017 at 5:56 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Interesting! I love memoirs so I will have to check that out! Thanks for reading! Such a beautiful area! Must have been a fun place to attend college!

      January 15, 2017 at 3:46 pm
  • Reply boundlessblessingsblog

    Nice words and pictures too. Great to just be with your mom.👌👌👌👌

    January 15, 2017 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Michael

    We have walked down the same trails… I lived in SF for a couple years and loved my visits into wine country. A few photos you might enjoy:

    January 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Awesome thank you! I will check them out! I
      Love the area!

      January 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm
      • Reply Michael

        Amen…truly magical place.💖

        January 16, 2017 at 2:16 am
  • Reply usfman

    Can you do a headstand during an earth tremor as sometimes happens in this area of Northern Calif? South of Bodega Bay is Point Reyes National Seashore. I highly recommend a visit for a raw and windy experience of the Pacific Ocean.

    January 15, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thanks for the recommendation! Sounds fun! Hmmm… headstand during a tremor! That would be a new challenge! Haha!

      January 15, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply tobyo

    I just went to my first winery in northern California over Labor Day Weekend last year. It was the Benziger family winery and it was great fun! I have a post about it on my blog and I highly recommend it. Your weekend sounds heavenly. Thanks for sharing.

    January 16, 2017 at 12:57 am
  • Reply winellennial

    What a lovely trip exploring wine together! 🙂

    February 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply terrepruitt

    I cannot believe you visited six wineries, had lunch, then were “home” in time for dinner. PLUS you did all that other stuff in the morning? We usually don’t have time to make it to that many wineries in one day. Wow!

    February 8, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Cathy Murray

    Great trip – I’ve really enjoyed reading about it.

    February 20, 2017 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply Lia

    What a cute trip! I love Napa/Sonoma, and even as someone living in the San Francisco Bay Area I still think of it as a special weekend getaway. I haven’t been to some of the spots you mentioned! Def going to check them out. I hope you come back to the Bay sometime!

    May 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply Fiorella Arana

    Such a nice post. I bet you had a great time 🙂

    May 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Harmony, Momma To Go

    My husband and I did this trip in 05. Sadly we missed Coppola whose wines I love- I do remember loving cakebread. We need to get out there again! And sideways is my favorite movie!

    May 14, 2017 at 11:58 am
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