Some generous friends of ours gave us a gift certificate a few months ago to use at a hotel in Healdsburg. Valentine's Day was the ideal occasion to use it up.
Late Tuesday morning, we left the house and headed toward Alexander Valley, a wine appellation
just outside of Healdsburg. We had Bill's son, Ryan, take a photo as we were departing.
(In case you're wondering, I decided on the hot pink trench with a red T-shirt, leopard belt, Gap blue jeans and Steve Madden blush pumps. I tied a very old heart scarf around my handbag to be festive).
Even though we are several weeks away from the official start of Spring, you would never know it. Mustard is in bloom throughout the county,
as are the darling tiny white daisies that look like freshly fallen snow.
We stopped briefly at Alexander Valley Vineyards, a very old winery and the namesake of the region.
This orange kitty, who we drank wine with last time, was the first to welcome us. He is getting a little long in the tooth. I wonder how old he is.
Next to arrive was this lionlike fellow (or gal).
I have a special fondness for long-haired kitties.
He, or she...let's just go with "he"... came right over and hopped onto our table. They must have known we'd stopped to the Oakville Grocery for salami and gruyere. I can just imagine them saying to one another, "hey, I'll work the lady for the cheese, you work that tall guy for the meat."
The black, fluffy guy was so darn cute, I couldn't keep my hands off of him. And it shows...
he's a bit feisty.
Soon, we were surrounded by all sorts of kitties.
A grey kitty,
a grey and white kitty,
a calico kitty,
and a tabby,
|From the looks of her belly, I think she may be momma.|
After our picnic, we walked around the property. The trees lining the bocce court were in full bloom,
complete with the humming sound of feeding bees.
It was finally time to check into our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Healdsburg right on the town square. We were very surprised by the spaciousness of our room.
I particularly liked the bathroom with its large, deep tub and doorless shower.
We had a view of the square and a small balcony.
After we got settled, we went for a hot tub downstairs next to the pool the got ready for dinner.
I wore the $5.00 dress just like I promised.
I brought the Mary Janes I ordered and the Steve Madden pumps so I could show you the difference between the two (the Dancing-with-the-stars shoes were a big thumbs down so I didn't bother with them).
I wore the patent Mary Janes with a wide patent belt.
Then I tried the Steve Madden pumps with a grosgrain ribbon tied as a belt, a clever idea I got from my dear reader and friend, Kathy Peck.
I wore the second look to dinner at Zin.
My favorite parts of the meal were the creamy cauliflower soup with a generous drizzle of fresh pesto and our Bvlgari San Pelligrino bottle.
I thought about bringing it home with me but decided against it. What would I do with it?
We went to sleep early after a long day. Lucky for us, our bed was comfortable and the sheets were very soft. It was easy to sleep in past 8:00, something we never get a chance to do.
We took our time packing the next morning and decided to take the long way home, taking a few photos before we left the property. This is a solarium near our room with lots of seating. I bet it's fun to hang out there during the warmer months.
(I wore the same jeans, shoes, and belt, with a black camisole, J Crew khaki blazer and gold necklaces).
I'd love to go back to Hotel Healdsburg in early fall to spend the day by the pool.
We took the long way home, through Napa Valley, and had lunch at one of our favorite places, Brix. We both had blue cheese burgers and salads, then walked through the garden area in back of the restaurant before heading over the mountains towards home.
What a great little escape we had. We weren't gone very long and we didn't go very far, but we feel as though we went on a real vacation.
If you ever visit Healdsburg, I would highly recommend the Hotel Healdsburg for your accommodations. It's a lovely place and the prices are not that high in comparison to other hotels in the area.
I'd love to hear what you think of the two different looks with the $5.00 dress.
Mary Janes or blush pumps?
Grosgrain ribbon or patent belt?
Your opinions are welcomed and encouraged!