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Napa Valley Trip

Santa Rosa Map

I apologize to my readers for my unannounced absence of last week. My friends and I took a 3-day trip to North California, more precisely Santa Rosa and Napa. We visited many places and did a lot of sightseeing. Overall, the trip was fantastic, and the places we visited are very peaceful and relaxing. I enjoyed the trip very much. Now, I would like to share with you some photos, and highlights of my trip.

We departed from San Diego on Sunday afternoon, after 10 hours of driving we arrived at our hotel close to midnight. The Doubletree hotel we booked was very nice, clean and spacious. Next morning, we had a wonderful breakfast at Costeaux French Bakery.

Breakfast

I highly recommend this place. If you ever go to North California and are nearby Healdsburg, make sure you pay a visit to family owned and operated Costeaux. Not just the food was delicious and visually pleasant, the servers were extremely friendly and kind. Even the chefs in the kitchen were nice, the chefs granted us access to the kitchen, so we entered the kitchen to see how they prepared the food and took some photos. At the end of meal, we intended to buy some bread, and they insisted on giving them to us for free. This place is definitely a gem!

On the same day, we also visited wineries and did a lot of wine tasting, and we finished the day by visiting the quiet Sonoma Lake.

Winery
Sonoma Lake

Next day, we visited Redwood National and State Park, did some hiking. Then, we visited the renowned Korbel Winery and I learned a lot about the history of the winery and champagne. A word about Redwood Park, hiking among the woods is a completely different experience than my previous hiking in Yosemite. When you are in the woods, you are surrounded by the silence of the forest, and inside the forest the temperature is cool, since most of sunlight is blocked. Although, you are hiking and exercising, but your spiritual state feels so at peace and relaxed.

Redwood National Park
Korbel Winery

On the last day, on the way back home, we stopped at the Hearst Castle for a tour.

Hearst Castle

I hope you enjoyed my lengthy sharing and the photos!

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