The first day focused on the Healdsburg area and we actually were running early so we added a stop at Clos du Bois, just of 101 near Geyserville. Our bus broke down at the entrance (talk about good timing!) and our second stop was less than a mile away at Francis Coppola's Winery, so we got in some hiking along with the tasting!
|George at a cute cottage|
|Inside of Casino Bus|
Then we got a ride to the River Rock Casino in a tour bus like none I have ever seen before. I am not a big casino person and River Rock is just as noisy and obnoxious as I feared. Dinner was here (at least it was comped...) and we finally retired to our jacuzzi-equiped hotel rooms.
Bright and early Wednesday, we headed to Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Inn, near the square, for breakfast and then a tour around the square with General Vallejo. I finally discovered what the Bear Flag Revolt was all about (it was sort of a Lone Star State thing that only lasted 3 weeks) and moved on to a great lunch at Meritage and then a stop at Ramekins, another cooking school which also has hotel rooms.
|Ramekins let us sample some champagne....|