Wine Country Weekend Getaway

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I  know this post is long overdue but I don’t think it is ever too late to share pictures of GORGEOUS wine country! For our two year anniversary, Walker surprised me with a weekend getaway in wine country that was booked for my birthday weekend in January! We intended to use the trip to celebrate our anniversary, his birthday, and my birthday all in one weekend (since they are all within 10 days of each other!).

We headed out of LA as soon as we got off of work on Friday night, arriving in Solvang around 9:10. Squeaking in under their 9:15 last-seating policy (phew!), we had an amazing steak dinner at The Hitching Post that completely blew us away! I think it was honestly the best Filet Mignon I have ever had… it was melt-in-your-mouth tender. On top of that, the french fries and pinot noir were knockouts on their own! They even gave me a little birthday ice cream to finish off the meal. We walked out of there in some sort of incredible meat-haze with a bottle of wine to-go.  We checked into the hotel and spent hours talking and drinking wine in our room until the wee hours of the morning. It was literally a perfect birthday evening. :)WineCountry1 WineCountry2

On Saturday we prepared ourselves for a day of wine tasting with a delightful (-ly filling) lunch. Then we figured it was noon so we were allowed to start drinking! ;) We went to five tasting rooms in town over the next several hours, where we chatted with locals and got spoiled by all of the great pourers. After all of the tastings, we decided it was time to take the edge off of the wine buzz with some chow! Once we had some dinner in our bellies, we finished off the night back at one of the tasting rooms from earlier in the day (The Good Life) with a glass of wine and live music!

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We woke up Sunday morning and needed an amazing/giant Danish breakfast to kick any remaining effects of the day before. ;) So we stuffed our faces with aebleskivers, an omelet with Danish sausage and Havarti cheese for me, an omelet with Nordic lobster and Havarti cheese for Walker, and my signature three-beverage hangover cure (water, OJ, and coffee). We wandered around the town for a while enjoying the fresh, cool air (there was ice on all of the fountains! So rare for California!) and the peace & quiet. We headed home and arrived mid-afternoon so that we had time to unwind (i.e. watch a billion hours of The Sopranos) before getting back to the real world.

It was such an amazing weekend and such a perfect weekend getaway. We love it so much up in wine country that one of these times we may not come back! Just warning you now. ;)


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  1. Cindy P

    February 11, 2013 at 10:24 am

    So fun! I’m glad you guys had a wonderful trip! And I’m happy to finally see the pictures and recap! =) I know you’ve been busy though. It took me almost three months to post recaps of our last anniversary trip!

    Where exactly did you guys go? That last picture is so cool! I want to visit that little town!

    • Erika

      February 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Cindy! Yes, we had a great time! I know… editing pictures can take forever. I just kept having other things higher on the To-Do list.

      We went to Solvang, CA (that’s the town in the last picture) as well as Los Olivos, CA. Solvang is a little Danish village inspired by Hans Christian Anderson and it is so adorable. That’s why they have all the windmills and such. A couple years ago we even went to thier 100th Danish Days Celebration and it was so fun! :)

  2. Courtney

    February 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hehe I was wondering when you were going to share these! :) It looks like you had so much fun!

    xo, Courtney

    • Erika

      February 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Haha I know… I was a little slow on the turnaround! :)

      We had a blast! I want to go back!

  3. Mom

    February 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Nice red jacket….someone must love you!

    • Erika

      February 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Yay! I think someone does! I am wearing it today also… I love that coat! And I love YOU! :)

  4. Trina @ Let's Just Build a House

    February 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    such beautiful photos. i would love to visit there sometime. a wine getaway sounds fabulous!! thank you for sharing! and happy belated birthday!!

    • Erika

      February 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Thanks so much Trina! Yes, it is such a cool little town and the wine is wonderful! :)

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! xoxo

  5. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    February 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Mmmmm wine! That looks like an amazing trip! I love vineyard tours! :)

    Happy Birthday/Anniversary!

    • Erika

      February 12, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Mmmm wine indeed! It was such a nice trip. We were lazy and didn’t actually make it to any vineyards this time (we stayed at the tasting rooms in town so we didn’t have to drive anywhere) but we went to a bunch the last few times we’ve been up there. They are so gorgeous… my dream is to live on a vineyard someday!

      Thanks for the birthday/anniversary wishes! xoxo

  6. Kisty

    February 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Happy birthdays and anniversary to the both of you! <3

    That looks like an amazing trip and I can see that the both of you clearly had so much fun. :) I never tasted wine but my boyfriend is a foodie, so this might be a wonderful idea to try on our next anniversary. :)

    • Erika

      February 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Thanks you very much Kisty and welcome! Even if you aren’t a wine person, vineyards are always beautiful to visit! :)

  7. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    February 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Looks like a fantastic weekend – and you are just lovely!

    • Erika

      February 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks so much Amy! I am very flattered! :)

      And yes, the weekend was so fantastic!

  8. Mallory

    February 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

    What an adorable getaway. It looks like such an adorable area

    • Erika

      February 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Mallory! The area is so cute. It is this little Danish town and is so quaint! :)

  9. Louise Edu

    March 2, 2013 at 7:07 am

    First…Happy Belated Bday lady! Solvang looks like my kinda weekend getaway! Ever since I found out it even existed out here in CA, I’ve been pestering the hubbs to take me! hehe Crossing fingers it’ll be sometime soon…I sooo need a mini vacay =) I’ll let u know if/when I do. I love how it looks like a piece of Europe…and in CA of all places! xo

    • Erika

      March 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Thanks so much Louise! Solvang and Los Olivos nearby are so so so gorgeous… you would love them! It is like strange little slice of Denmark and is super charming! :)

      Please do let me know if you go! I have lots of recommendations for you.

      P.S. I hear you… I need a mini vacay too (again)!


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