It would probably not surprise you to know that I am a planner. I’ve greeted many friends with printed out itineraries before trips. The kind of itineraries that have bullet points, with items that are “a must” bolded and alternatives in italics. I can’t say everyone has an appreciation for my thorough research skills and over-preparedness. Mauricio certainly doesn’t love it. His problem with my type-A to the max planning is that it leaves little room for spontaneity. So I tried to let loose, by not planning every minute of our trip. And I think that might have been Mauricio’s favorite aspect of our weekend in San Francisco part 2. Because what we ended up doing wasn’t planned or even on the radar for either of us.
We were actually in San Francisco to get visas, as we are thinking of spending Christmas in Venezuela, with Mauricio’s extended family. To make sure we could get everything handled before the weekend, we left on Thursday, and left Friday for cushion. We were also super tourists on Thursday, and managed to do a lot more than I thought was possible with a toddler in tow. (If you missed part 1, you can catch up here!)
So as a soon as we were off the plane we headed to the consulate. Surprisingly, we were done with all of our business before lunch! Now, we had a free Friday. Which is how we ended up deciding we should drive to Napa! With a little under an hour’s drive, it was totally doable and we timed it so that baby FLO could nap. (Should probably start saying toddler FLO, but it just doesn’t have the same ring, does it!?)
I looked up some kid-friendly wineries. So maybe I didn’t let loose as much as I thought I did, but with so many wineries to choose from, we needed to narrow it down.
We chose Frog’s Leap Winery, because it said the property has farm animals for kids to see. The article turned out to be completely wrong though, because there was only a chicken coop!
We didn’t actually let baby FLO have any wine, don’t worry
But, on the bright side, I loved every single wine we tasted. We fell in love with their rosé, which is called Pink and their Zinfandel. Sometimes, when I’m at the wineries I have to fake it a little and pretend I like all that I am tasting. I was so surprised I didn’t have to do it here. Every.Single.Pour.Was.Delicious.
If you don’t mind that there is no petting zoo, I would totally add Frog’s Leap Winery to the list. The property is beautiful, and it was fun to roam around, plus we did see some chickens!
One thing that was surprising about Napa, versus all the other wine regions we’ve been to previously is that not all properties offer food, or allow you to picnic.
We chose Rutherford Hill next because they had a picnic area. Wine tasting was a little bit of our hobby before we had baby FLO, so it’s not our first rodeo. Which is why we stopped and got sandwiches and munchies beforehand. Wine tasting with snacks is total pro status and I highly recommend it. Plus it saves you a few bucks!
We still did a tasting and chose a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc to have with our picnic lunch. The weather was perfect, baby FLO was on his best behavior. And the spontaneity of suddenly being in Napa added to the excitement of this trip.
Are you a planner like me, or do you live for spontaneity? If you have tips for a happy medium, please share below!