After visiting the winery in Weston this last week, I can't get this off of my mind..............
Napa Valley and Sonoma, California---aka---Wine Country!
I'm honestly not a big wine drinker. I'll have a cold beer over an expensive glass of chardonnay anyday, but I do like visiting the wineries. It makes me feel all fancy and grown up.
Wine tastings in Napa Valley look like they can get quite pricey......$5--$50 for a tour and tasting, so that may be a short visit for us, but Sonoma looks like it has a lot more vineyards that do FREE tours and tastings.
FREE ALCOHOL. Fair warning-----if you see me near free alcohol I may not appear as fancy and grown up as I think myself to be.
I'm super excited cause this weekend we're going to one of my favorite places around here........Weston, Missouri! It's the most charming little town only an hours drive from us. When we get the chance to make it up there, we have the best time walking up and down main street perusing the antique shops (TONS of them!), wine tasting at Pirtle Winery, trying shots at McCormicks (Weston is home to the McCormick Distillery) and having lunch at the Weston Cafe where they make the BEST gravy ever...........I'm not even kidding. At the end of the day we always stop at O'Malley's Pub for a pint and some live Irish music (sounds like we do a lot of drinking there huh?!). If you wanted to make a weekend of it, there are tons of cute little bed and breakfasts in town. This really is a terrific place to spend the day AND every 2nd Saturday of the month all of the shops have wine tasting while you shop! (I'm all about the free liquor!!)
These pics are from the last time we went up.
Excuse the thumbprint
Weston Cafe. The BEST Gravy in the world!!
I'm seriously not kidding.............This will be my last meal before I'm executed.
If you've ever wanted to go to Cannes or Sundance, but couldn't make it (OR AFFORD IT), you can always try for the BRECKENRIDGE FESTIVAL OF FILM.
It's a 4 day festival held every June in Breckenridge, Colorado with over 50 independent films of all genres for your viewing pleasure. Go see one film or buy an unlimited pass. Attend a welcome reception or go to a Q&A session with a director. Mingle with celebrities (if you're lucky!).
I've ALWAYS wanted to go to this. We're only a days drive from there and I've tried to plan it every year, but not once have I made it. Breckenridge is a beautiful little town. I've been there twice to ski and absolutely fell in love with it. I'm sure it's just as beautiful in the summer. Who knows----maybe I won't have to wait until we get out on the road to get to go to this......maybe I'll actually make it this year!!
2. Green Valley Lactose Free Yogurt.
The absolute best yogurt for those of us that can't handle dairy. I love the strawberry, but my favorite is the plain. I know that might sound strange, but I swear it tastes like it was just made fresh from the farm! Downside---kind of pricey and the only place I can find it is Whole Foods. Well worth the trip for it though.
He was rescued from an abandoned jeep eight years ago and brought home to me as a Valentine's day surprise. His mama had puppies in that abandoned jeep and he was the only one that survived. He was the cutest puppy ever!
Dinosaur National Monument has been on my radar for awhile. In 2007, we did a two week roadtrip through Colorado and made it all the way to Utah just to see this, but apparently I didn't do enough research, because when we got there it was closed! I now know it was actually closed for 5 years due to construction, but it reopened in October 2011 to visitors. Don't worry---the trip wasn't a total waste. Instead we got to do a float trip down the Green River. It's a very leisurely, relaxing float trip with some beautiful scenery. We had the best guide who knew every inch of that place and we were surrounded by those red canyons the whole way!
Soooo--I'm adding this to my list, because I still want to see it......I mean what little kid deep down inside all of us doesn't want to see real dinosaur bones??!! There's so many other things to do around there too. Colorado (probably my favorite place in the world!) and Utah are an outdoor lovers dream and Dinosaur National Monument just happens to be located on the border between the two states. Will definitely need to plan for a very long visit in this area!