On Monday the weather was a bit too cold for basking by the river, so we decided to explore. I had read about Quivira Winery in Dry Creek Valley and it seemed like a great destination. They utilize biodynamic farming techniques and have a gorgeous garden you can explore. The drive was stunning & Quivira did not disappoint us one bit. The kids had a picnic lunch on the patio next to the garden, we were able to taste their wines and then took a stroll through the amazing garden.
After a lazy morning, we went down to the river. It was really lovely…not crowded at all, as it can get later in the summer. I love the closed sun umbrellas poking out of the rocky beach…absent families claiming their river real estate.
Frankie had a wonderful time, although she was a bit tentative at first. She held on tight to her mini tube and would only sit in 4 inches of water.
Aidan & Gray spent most of the day exploring, searching for glass, swimming across to the little beach & laying in the sun.
Coco slept most of the day. When she finally woke up she was in a great mood! Sweet girl.
Sarah walked the kids over to Cousin Island. The boys found over 60 pieces of glass & Frankie discovered her wild island spirit.
Wine tasting at Iron Horse Winery was fastastic! Coco was wearing her Made In Portland shirt and got props from a group of PDX originals. We sampled their whites & champagnes…my favorite being the Russian River Cuvée, famous for being served at the Reagan Gorbachev summits. Frankie was a doll and really enjoyed the beautiful view.
Here’s a nice picture of me with the little ladies. Pretty spectacular surroundings.
And the obligatory sunny grapes shot.
Afterwards we decided to grab a quick bite at Korbel. The BLT salad was delish and so was the scenery. Family shot in front of the main building.
Gray & Aidan
Yesterday was a bit chilly. Not Portland chilly, but a stark contrast to the day before. We altered our perspective, ditched the river and spent the day exploring. We drove to the adorable town of Sebastapol and I found the most amazing necklace in a slightly disheveled vintage store. (and it was only $12!)
We left on Wednesday for the Russian River. Our friend Sarah has a cabin there and we are lucky to be visiting for the second time. We left at 6am and got here in about 12 hours. Aidan & Gray were a dream and the little girls were pretty amazing too. We stopped for a surprisingly delicious dinner at the Piner Cafe and got to the cabin before dark.
Our first day here was fantastic! Gorgeous, sunny weather. I went on a run down to the river…absolutely stunning!
We played down at the river. The boys were quite adventurous! Frankie spent most of the time in her mini tube, throwing rocks and watching the tiny fish.
We returned home and made a delicious dinner. Asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, peas, shallots & lemon. So good!