Anniversary Weekend in Sonoma

 


This past weekend, we celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary in Sonoma. We hadn't visited since 2011...10 years ago and it was every bit as charming as we remembered. Here's a quick recap of what we did!

Stay:


We stayed at the El Dorado Hotel + Kitchen, which is right on the Sonoma Square and across the street from The Girl + The Fig. We loved the location and the vibe of the hotel. It was always buzzing with people coming in to dine and the rooms were well appointed. Our had vaulted ceilings, which made the modest-size rooms seem larger, and it overlooked the pool area. 

Dine



Our first stop was Folktable at Cornerstone Sonoma, which is about a 10 minute drive from downtown Sonoma. It's a casual eatery with counter service. The food and atmosphere was excellent! We also found out that they host live music on the weekends in their courtyard! Lots of cute shopping nearby too.


We made reservations at the Walt tasting room, which is a few steps from our hotel. Walt is a sister wine of Hall Wines...and if you're ever in Napa, their winery is definitely worth stopping by!


A couple doors down from our hotel is a hidden speakeasy called The Beacon above The Taub Family Outpost. The whole property is gorgeous and well-appointed. The cocktails use all fresh ingredients and it was a great spot to stop by before dinner!



Probably the most special meal of the weekend was at EDGE, which is part of Stone Edge Farm, and the location is just a block off of Sonoma Square, which is key since it's a 4-course wine pairing menu and they are very generous with their tastings! ;) The service was top-notch and so memorable! We tried food that we would normally never order, like duck pate, but it was all delicious!



We loved having the Sunflower Caffe next door to our hotel. We would stop in for a quick coffee between meals and also enjoyed brunch their Saturday morning. It's counter service and they have a large back patio for those that want to dine-in.

My Dress + Hat  + Stemless Champagne Glasses that I am now coveting...



We spent Saturday wine tasting at Gloria Ferrer. It was a last minute change as we felt a light sparkling was more palatable in the heat than day drinking red wines. I was really blown away by the property! It sits high on a hill and overlooks the valley (see first photo!). I'd highly suggest the cheese pairing too!


For a sweet treat, post-wine tasting, we stopped by Sweet Scoops, which is also conveniently located right on Sonoma Square.


Dressed for dinner outside our hotel!


There were too many amazing dinner options to choose from, so we decided to get drinks and appetizers at The Girl + The Fig, since it's right across from our hotel and we love their food from our trip before. We get the charcuterie and the peach + burrata salad. Both were hits!






For dinner, we almost skipped Layla at Macarthur Place since it's a little bit off the square but I am SO glad we didn't! It's in the gorgeous MacArthur Place hotel and had an amazing ambiance...probably our favorite of the weekend. They greeted us with sparkling rose wine and we enjoyed a ton of small plates, cocktails and dessert. Would highly recommend!


As I said above, we loved the buzz of our hotel and stopped by the bar for a nightcap before calling it a night!




On Sunday, before we headed out, we sat out on the patio at Taub Family Outpost and had this amazing acai bowl! Which was just what I needed after an indulgent weekend! Like I said above, the whole property is super charming and they even have a little wine shop you can peruse for gifts!

Shop + Experience



If you have time to shop between wine tasting and meals, I enjoyed checking out the following:

Sonoma Loop for High-end Women's Clothing
Sign of the Bear Kitchenware for an amazing collection of kitchen items
G's General Store for a curated selection of clothing and household items
Fairmont Spa for an indulgent massage experience!

We hope it's not another 10 years before we go back! We had an amazing time!

xo natasha

PS...for additional wine country posts:


Recent Amazon Buys: For the Home

 


This past Sunday pushed us to check off some of our house items and that also prompted me to finally put a blog post for my recent purchases off Amazon. Without further adieu...



Wall Hooks: I purchased these for my hat wall {see above photo}. I wanted something aesthetically pleasing for when I wore one of the hats. I really love how these look in our bedroom!



Bamboo Shades: One of my most asked questions on Instagram is where we got our shades for our front room and here's your answer! You just can't beat the quality for the price...and my husband was able to cut one of them to size to fit our large front window!



Outdoor Tablecloth: For outdoor entertaining, this looks way more expensive and adds a sophisticated touch!




Bathroom Hand Towel Holder: Kind of random, but we finally ordered and installed these hand towel holders in our boys bathroom. I don't know what took us so long--having a towel easily accessible for teeth brushing is an absolute must! Plus, these are pretty too!



King-Size Duvet Insert: Another thing that I don't know what took so long, but we finally ordered a proper duvet for our King bed. We like to sleep with two duvets (his and hers) but we had a smaller Full/Queen size for each of us, which didn't look great when the bed was made. This is a great comforter and a good price too! We ordered this cover to go with it.




Pantry Organizers: Yet another thing that I don't know why I waited to long to purchase...but these bins--and these shelves-- have made a huge difference in keeping our pantry organized.



Air Fryer: We finally bit the bullet and got an air fryer. We initially thought we would never use it but it has been AMAZING! We throw in the kids chicken nuggets, cauliflower gnocchi, sweet potatoes, veggies...it's so quick and makes everything nice and crispy!




Citrus Squeezer: Last but not least, if you love making fresh-squeezed margaritas in the summer, then you need this tool! It really gets ALL of the juice out and will take your craft cocktail to the next level.


Happy Shopping!


xo natasha

Recent Amazon Buys: For the Kids!

 


Hi Friends!


It's been a minute since I've last posted and I missed a couple big milestones! First, it's been TEN years since I started this space and I just can't tell you how much joy this community has given me over the years. Even if the blogging world has taken a backseat to Instagram, TikTok, etc...I still love this space and want to keep posting. I've been able to document so much over the years, from welcoming our first baby, to vacations, gift guides and our new home! It may be more sporadic, but I'm not letting go yet! You can see my first post here!


Second, I missed all my usual favorite gift guides, like Wyatt's 6 year gift guide, Valentine's Day, Easter...eek! So I thought I'd start compiling some recent favorites here...first up, is for the kids!




Scooters! Now that the weather is warming up (hello spring!) we got the boys two of these scooters for Easter to help encourage them to get outside. Our friends have them and love them!



Masks! Never did I think we'd be talking about face coverings in this space, but here we are. The boys have to wear masks during school and these are honestly the best! Super comfortable and breathable! They make adult sizes too!



Fun Game! This game looks so random, but it's actually really fun for the whole family! You're given a pattern that you have to put together in order to "snatch" the cow from the farm. It takes some brain power and our boys love trying to figure out the different patterns.




Hoverboard! This is definitely a big boy item, but we ended up getting it for Wyatt's 6th birthday since he couldn't have his usual birthday party. Admittedly, our older son (who is 8 and a half) usually uses it more but it's been a fun gift for both boys!





Walkie Talkies! The boys have been requesting some walkie talkies for a while and are SUPER excited to get these (currently en route). I foresee a lot of forts, hideouts and top secret operations in my future...!




Flashcards! A package deal that works out well for both boys--one who is learning his addition and subtraction and the other is learning multiplication and division. We will sometimes review right before bed--a kind of quick fire round!




Excavator Truck! Another fun buy for Wyatt's birthday--he loves that it's remote control!


And for those looking for more Easter Basket ideas: Easter Ad Libs, Spring Book, Easter Hot Chocolate on a Stick, Swim Trunks and Pajamas!


Happy Shopping!


xo natasha

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everyone

 


Christmas is NEXT Friday...can you believe it? I hope your shopping (and shipping!) has gone smoothly so far. We're probably about 85% there...just need to order and shop for a couple last minute things.


If you're stumped on stocking stuffer ideas, then look no further! Many of these items are some of our favorite tried and true products!


Srunci Pack: How cute is this set? A great gift for all the girls in your life (I love them so much--but then again I am a total child of the 80s/90s!).


Dog Chew Toy: We can't forget about our furry family members--Walter can use all the chew toys he can get his paws on! And it's really helped curb chewing on other things so far...knock on wood!


Beauty Blender: I love this for evenly applying my foundation (when I actually wear foundation, that is!). I've also heard really good things about this magic makeup eraser washcloth!


Key Chain: Rolling this over from my Men's Gift Guide...this is actually a great unisex item for most anyone!


Wine Stoppers: These little guys really do help prolong an open bottle of wine...and I love the neutral colors in this set of four.


Magnetic Slime: Stress relief for the whole family...and you know we can all use a little relief these days! Our boys especially watching the slime crawl over to the magnet!


Soap Rest: This was a super random buy but we really needed something to rest our bar soap on (the plastic kids cup was no longer cutting it) and this thing works really well! No slip and easy to clean too.


Santa Bubble Gum Tape: My kids love bubblegum, so why not make it fun?


Truffle Hot Sauce: The packaging alone had me at hello! Love the idea of truffle and hot sauce--sounds amazing for eggs, tacos and avocado toast!


Shower Mist: We have this and love it for the shower--it turns your mundane bathroom into a tranquil spa with just a spritz or two! Our boys love it too. It's very relaxing!


Bath Bomb: We can never have too many both bombs around--though baths for the boys seems more like a luxury these days!


Yeti Water Bottle: Perhaps the best thing about this water bottle is that it's DISHWASHER SAFE! Yes, you read that right. 100% worth it!


Good luck with finishing your shopping!


Bonus item: This weighted ball phone charger helps make sure your charger never falls off your nightstand!


xo natasha