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... delicious hobby that hopefully won't lose too much money. Needless to say, the Kuleto Estate tour was amazing. Our guide was an ex hot air balloon driver turned wine and cheese connoisseur who spent over 2 hours filling our eager minds with the history of the gorgeous property, the history of Mr. Kuleto, and best of all, the intricacies of Kuleto wine. Patti and I hope to one day be rich enough to join the Kuleto wine club, attend Pat's parties, and picnic whenever we ...
... up the mountain, precipitation begins .... dry on the other side of the mountains. Could this have been true? Next, I was entering giant, old growth redwood tree country (apparently, also Bigfoot country). At one point the highway reduced to two very narrow lanes curving through trunks of giant redwoods. Now, instead of hugging rock I was hugging bark - very cool. As the rain became heavy again, I decided to stop for the night in Garberville. I checked ...
... of exercises using rest area features to ease the tensions of extended vehicular travel and call it “Rest Area Yoga.” It’s gonna be big (said like the old lady fate in Disney’s Hercules)! We stopped in Carpinteria, where Aunt Patty lived for a while to eat at a real high class place, Carl’s Jr. I managed to find a decent chicken salad. After vittles, I curled up in the back seat and dozed until we made it to the hotel- ...
... of the Golden Gate Bridge to get a view looking back into the Bay. It seems that half the city was trying to do the same thing and the traffic was congested to say the least. We then headed over the Bridge ($6/£4) southbound (free northbound) which is well worth it.
We were aiming for the famous hairpin-bend Lombard Street and soon had to join another long queue of ...
... first stop was at Peju Province Winery in Rutherford, a low-key but classy joint with medium-expensive to pricey wines. As their first customers, we had the sole attention of the gentleman pourer. We drank cabs, c******nays, Merlots, and other various blends until we were warned by Derek and Valerie to pace ourselves accordingly to "stay alive" for the evening. The landscape at Peju was awe-inspiring and meticulously manicured to ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service