In January 2009, the Husband and I rode the Platypus Bus through Napa Valley. It was truly the best activity of our honeymoon. When I realized that Jenna and I would have a free day in wine country, I e-mailed Platypus Bus and asked if theyâ€™d host us for the day.
The limo bus drives you to a variety of smaller wineries, provides a snack, lunch, and dessert, and serves as your designated driver. What more could you ask for!
The Platypus Bus took Jenna and I and two other couples to more than 7 wineries! By the end of the day, I was wined out. But it was an awesome way to see the Dry Creek area of Sonoma.
Our first stop was the Family Wineries, a grouping of 5 or so smaller wineries around one central spot. I loved this spot because there was truly something for everyone.
I tend to favor sweet whites, sweet reds, and then spicy reds, but truly â€“ I like all wine and will try almost anything. My favorite winery in the area was Kokomo, and I walked away with two bottles â€“ one for the Husband and one for my Dad.
The second best part of Kokomo? The many winery dogs they had running around! Riley and I shared a special connection (and animal crackers):
Other wineries pets included Red and White:
I guess Iâ€™ve matured a little bit since the last time I was in wine country, because I didnâ€™t finish many of my pours. I tasted over 40 wines over the entire day, so Iâ€™m glad I tried to play it straight!
After the first two wineries, it was time for a SNACK! Platypus Bus provided us with an amazing cheese + cracker spread. I dove right in! Iâ€™m definitely still making up calories from yesterdayâ€™s race.
Next up was a fabulous winery called Passalacqua. I liked most of the wines we tried, but didnâ€™t feel motivated to buy any bottles.
Afterward, it was time for lunch! One of the things that the Husband and I most liked about Platypus Bus was the healthy lunch. I was excited to see many of the same items on the menu today.
I had a croissant sandwich with hummus, lettuce, and tomato; pear and cheese; and a quinoa salad with cucumber, squash, and parsley. I went back for seconds of the quinoa salad â€“ it was fabulous! Must recreate at home!
Around lunch, Jenna and I began to hit a wall. We were both feeling dehydrated and sore.
Soâ€¦ we began to chug water. Tour de Water 2010! Over the course of the day, I drank more than 9 bottles of water! I simply couldnâ€™t get hydrated fast enough (and, of course, the wine didnâ€™t helpâ€¦ but it sure did cure those aching leg muscles).
We eventually resorted to stretching out our poor legs at the bars.
We looped back to Family Wineries for a while, and then we headed to Hawkes. I cannot believe the view from the tasting rooms of some of these wineries. Can you imagine being a tasting room associate and getting to stare at this all day long?
More vino, please!
After Hawkes, the wonderful Platypus Bus driver served up a healthy dessert â€“ a sort of nut mini muffin with a smear of cream on top. I ended up inhaling 3. I truly feel like I canâ€™t eat enough today! Refuel, refuel, refuel!
We went to one more winery, but Jenna and I were completely spent and just hung out in the bus instead of tasting anymore wine. After a while, it all starts to taste the same!
It was a great way to spend my last day in California! Iâ€™ll miss Jenna when I leave. 🙁
My Dad is coming over to say goodbye, and then weâ€™re going to reheat some stuffed shells for dinner. I think weâ€™re going to call it an early night - I have an AM flight back to the East Coast tomorrow morning.
If you could travel to any US state, which would it be? America is SO big and SO differentâ€¦ I really need to explore the West more. Iâ€™d love to see the Grand Canyon, too!