Whew, it was a looong drive from Los Angeles up to the Russian River area of Sonoma! We were glad we hadn’t filled our first full day’s schedule with a lot of activities. It gave us some time to settle in, and to get together with my friend, fellow blogger and style writer extraordinaire Brenda Kinsel and her husband for lunch in Petaluma, and take a stroll around town.
A Casual Travel Outfit
The weather was beautiful on Sunday, clear and mild. Yesterday it began heating up during the daytime, though nights and mornings are still quite cool. I’ve been glad to have my jackets! (We’ve heard that there may be power outages due to high winds beginning Wednesday, so may have to keep our plans for the rest of this trip flexible.)
I really like the town of Petaluma. It’s quite charming and reminds me somewhat of San Luis Obispo, where I lived for several years. The downtown area still has lots of small businesses (antiques, artisanal clothing and decor, restaurants, coffee shops).
And of course, Brenda knew where the best walls are for taking outfit photos!
I’m usually pretty organized and rarely forget to pack anything important, but this time I did: my prescription sunglasses! I always keep them in my handbag, but must have pulled them out as I was re-organizing right before we left. So I was really glad I’d brought this straw fedora (purchased on a prior trip from Montecristi Panama Hats in Yountville). It at least cuts the glare in bright sunlight. And here, it served as a hair-tamer when this spot turned into a wind tunnel. 😉 Wish I’d thought to bring some coordinating silk scarves to add as a hatband…
We spent yesterday with a guide, touring wineries and enjoying a fabulous picnic lunch. Today we’re off to explore on our own. I’m taking lots of notes and at the conclusion of our trip will be creating a special newsletter for my email subscribers, a Sonoma-Napa Wine Country guide with our favorite wineries, restaurants, accommodations and activities. If you don’t already subscribe, just use the form below 👇