Life of a Wallflower, 29 – Sonoma Valley

Today, I’m sharing photos of my recent trip to Sonoma Valley. Be prepared for a ton of photos. =)

Every summer, my sisters, my cousins, and I take a trip together.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

We’re all obsessed with food, which makes traveling together so much easier.

But with 5 different schedules, sometimes it’s difficult to plan a vacation together. So this year, we were thinking of just doing a day trip up to Sonoma County.

Have you ever been?

Sonoma is similar to Napa, but it’s not as touristy, which means it’s a lot more relaxing and less crowded.

At the last minute, we opted to do an overnight trip, that way we would have more time to explore, and let’s be honest, eat.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Our first stop was Sausalito.

Sausalito is a small coastal town just across the Golden Gate Bridge. Little boutiques line the streets, amazing restaurants, luxury spas, and gorgeous views.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

We opted to eat at the Trident, a seafood and steak restaurant with amazing views of the water. Plus there was live music on Saturday nights.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Here are the dishes we ordered:

Citrus Grilled Artichoke with Truffle Aioli.

I love artichoke, but it’s so much work to eat!

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Butter Poached Lobster Tail with Summer Corn Risotto and Meyer Lemon Grilled Asparagus.

Loved the lobster tail, but I’m obsessed with the summer corn risotto!

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with Pancetta, Forest Mushrooms, Butternut Squash, and Sherry Reduction

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Bistro Steak Frites with Burgundy Onion Compote, Arugula, Frisee, and Saffron Chimichurri

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Grassfed Boneless Ribeye with Whipped Potato, Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, Haricot Verts, and Madeira wine Sauce

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Grilled Hawaiian Ono with lobster coconut sesame rice, asparagus, baby tomatoes, sunburst summer squash, fresh pineapple relish, and ponzu

How can I not be obsessed with the lobster coconut sesame rice?

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

By the time we checked into our room at the Hampton Inn in Windsor, it was already after 11pm. But because we are so indecisive, I wanted to make sure we had an idea of what we wanted to do the next day. That way we could go from one activity to another and make the most of the day we had.

Of course, since Hampton Inn offers a complimentary breakfast, we had to partake in it.

We woke up extra early so that we could have breakfast at the hotel, and then still be able to make it to brunch. Yes! We wanted both breakfast and brunch.

The breakfast offered was very satisfying, but we wanted to save room for later.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Even on vacation, I couldn’t resist going to the farmer’s market.

Old Downtown Windsor was so pretty. I wish we could have spent more time here.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

We walked through the farmer’s market, and it’s soo different from the farmer’s markets in SF. There are so many more small business start up companies by locals. You’ll find locals selling their own pastas, their own sweet potato tomato sauce, their own jams.

We even met the vice mayor of Windsor. She sells jams on the side.

I love that!

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Our next stop was brunch at the Naked Pig in Santa Rosa.

The place was super small so I thought that the wait would be long since there were so many people standing around!

But the host told us that it would be about 20 minutes for a table of 5.

20 minutes! That’s nothing. In SF, people wait over an hour sometimes to get seats for brunch on a Sunday.

And true to his word, we were seated in about 20 minutes.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Here was what we had:

Drop Biscuits with Honey and Butter

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Strawberry Cream Soda

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Small batch raw jersey cow farmer’s cheese and stone fruit salad.

This dish was delicious and refreshing, but simple. I loved it, but at the same time, when we ordered stone fruit salad, I expected more fruits than just peaches.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Squash Blossom Rellano – Goat Chevre Stuffed Squash Blossoms in Egg Batter, Spicy Tomato Sauce and Quinoa, Heirloom Cranberry Bean Salad.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Ham and Eggs Benedict topped with urban forged meyer lemon hollandaise on english muffin with potatoes and petite salad

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Bacon Waffle with wildflower honey.

For reals, the best. If you come here, please do yourself a favor and order the bacon waffle!

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

After brunch, we stopped at St Francis Winery and Vineyard to do a self guided tour.

The vineyards were gorgeous and so relaxing.

We didn’t do wine tasting here.  We mainly wanted to wander around and enjoy the scenery.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

So tempted to try these grapes…

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Afterwards, we went next door to Ledson Winery.

Sooo pretty.

The owner originally wanted to build this place for his retirement home. But after so many people stopped by while it was being built, thinking that it’s a winery, the owner decided to turn it into a winery and vineyard.

You can only buy their wine directly on the estate or through their website. So of course, we wanted to do wine tasting here.

But, if you’re not much of a wine drinker, which none of us are, you can also do some cheese tasting, olive oil tasting, mustard tasting, and oh my god! Merlot or Zinfandel Chocolate Sauce. Utterly obsessed. I want the chocolate sauce on everything!

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

In love with the architecture.

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

On our way home, we stopped at the Petaluma Creamery for some homemade ice cream.  Dessert before dinner. Shhh.

The blueberry ice cream and the peach ice cream <3

They have a huge selection of cheese too!

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

We had dinner at Sauce BBQ and Spirits in Petaluma as the last part of our trip.

The food was soo good. And there’s a ton per plate.

What we ordered:

Flash fried brussels sprouts and braised pork belly with honey balsamic glaze garnished with fried onion rings

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pulled pork and Baby Back Ribs Combo with Honey Cornbread and Cheesy Jalapeno Grits

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Burnt ends with Grits and Cornbread

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Chicken Wings and Brisket with Cornbread and Mac and Cheese

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Brisket and Pulled Pork with French Fries and Mac and Cheese

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

Just a quick overnight trip to get away from city life for a little bit.

But I think I need another vacation soon =)

Sonoma Valley | Cooking with a Wallflower

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