V. Sattui winery and the drive home
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Today Jesse and I actually took it easy and got to sleep in a little! Haha, last night when we laid down we both said we wished we were in the Sea Ranch Lodge's beds! (They were sooo comfy!)
The Elm House Inn offers complimentary continental breakfast, and it was delicious! They had all the usual cold stuff including fresh fruit, and then also homemade oatmeal and belgian waffles! Yummy! And a bonus - we didn't have to check out till noon, so we got to relax after a big breakfast.
We went to V. Sattui winery (about 20 min up 29, in Saint Helena) because we had read about the gourmet deli and beautiful picnic areas there. It was just as pretty as I had imagined, and the deli offered fresh yummy-looking food.
The only problem was, neither of us was very hungry because of our big breakfast! So I wandered, sampling the many sauces and spreads they had out (cinnamon-pear caramel sauce, sweet red pepper dip, fresh artichoke cream cheese, herbed olive oil, just to name a few) - completely delicious! Jesse and I eventually settled on getting some water crackers and two types of gourmet cheeses from England, one was soft/crumbly and had blueberries in it, and the other was more firm with brown/tan marbling (it was called something like 'beer cheddar').
We ate our cheese and crackers outside in one of the picnic areas, popular with the many guests, but not overcrowded. The weather was really nice, probably in the upper 60's and very sunny. Jesse spied a little black cat stretched out on one of the table tops in the sun and we watched her for a while. Then she came meandering over to us and hopped up on the bench next to Jesse - sooo cute! Her coat was really soft and she looked very precocious. It was too bright to get a good picture, but she entertained us for a little while, eating bits of our cheese that we gave her. When we stopped giving it to her, she immediately stepped down and meandered to the next table with food.
We hung around there for a while, just enjoying the weather and scenery, and eventually started the drive home. We stopped at a dam we had seen on the way down, at the Putah creek. It was huge!
During the drive back, I realized this would be my last time driving on 32 with all the beautiful orchards of different trees! I made Jesse stop off on the side of the road at one of them so I could take a few pictures of some almond trees. I'm convinced if I could have time actually walking in the orchards, I could get some incredible pictures - the lines of trees offer so many cool angles! Anyway, I imprinted them on my mind, gazing at them all the way home...