An Ideal Day in Sonoma

    This past Friday, Matt and I drove up to Sonoma to (do absolutely nothing) wine and sunbathe at our wine club, Scribe. Last year when we joined we spent many weekends sprawled out on this hill, so it felt just right to be back – no better way to celebrate the first week of summer, amirite? A picnic blanket and bottle of wine, this view, warm weather, indie jams playing in the background, and my best friend by my side all make for an ideal summer setting in my opinion.

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    When you’re making a visit, be sure to come hungry. Their tastings come with complimentary snacks and if that wasn’t enough, you can buy a picnic basket full of goodies; a fresh baguette, an assortment of cheeses (like the good kind, think cowgirl creamery), fruit and veggies from their garden, and some water to keep you cool under the sun.

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    There’s nothing about Scribe I don’t like, but I do play favorites with the wines and you must try the Pinot. It’s what their known for (try and you shall taste why), it’s truly the best. Gah, just drafting this post made me call and book a reservation for this weekend… see you soon Scribe!

    Scribe Winery | Sonoma, CA | Brunch on Chestnut

    …and if you finish the pinot and are craving just a little extra somethin’-somethin’, we like to buy the smaller bottle of Chardonnay.

    Before or After Scribe…

    Explore Sonoma Square
    There are so many things you can do here, but I will share a few favorites. Pangloss Cellars is a tasting lounge with fantastic wines and the atmosphere is just gorgeous (aka plan to upload some impressive Instagram photos, I added a few awhile back here and here). El Dorado Kitchen is my favorite restaurant on the square – if the weather permits, snag a seat on the back patio and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer… and the Gin Gypsey cocktail (see my Insta shot here). Pick up cheeses from Sonoma Cheese Factory and have your own picnic in the square park.

    Pick up sandwiches from Carneros Deli
    It looks like a rinky-dink deli, but the sandos are delicious, trust. We’ve stopped here at most of our Sonoma/Napa trips to bring with us tasting. Perfect meal to prepare you for a day of wine!

    End the day at Fremont Diner
    This may be the most obvious, but it’s so enjoyable to end a day at Fremont Diner and indulge before driving back to the city. French fries and shake are always a good idea and the setting is very cute and quaint.

    Stay at Carneros Inn
    EVERYONE needs to experience Carneros Inn at least once. I’m actually heading back tomorrow for a girls night with a good friend who just moved back to SF from LA. It’s my favorite hotel by far and worth every penny. I promise you’ll never want to leave! More to come on Instagram tomorrow. // When at Carneros or just wanting a little piece, go to Boon Fly Cafe for breakfast and order their donuts. Also, Farm is amazing for dinner AND I just found out that they are starting to do brunch for the very first time on Sundays starting this coming weekend!

    If you ever have any questions about Sonoma or Napa recs, please feel free to shoot me an email, I love this game. 🙂 I’m excited to head up there tomorrow and give you more insider tips over Instagram and snapchat (@brunchsnaps). xx

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    Paige Hutt

    Thank you so much for this post!! I just booked a long weekend for October at Carneros Inn and am even more excited than I already was after reading this! ? And of course – Scribe is the best of the best!

    PS. You are going to never want to leave Carneros Inn!!

    Yay! So happy I could help! I also just created these two travel guides up in my navbar:

    Enjoy! xx

    Paige Hutt


    Nikki Laraja

    What a dreamy day, everything looks amazing!

    It’s my favorite place to sip wine! 🙂

    I LOVE the Carneros Inn! We’ve stayed there twice and I’m always scheming ways to make it back. The cottages are so cute and we’ve loved every meal at Boon Fly Cafe and Farm. We’ve actually spent Thanksgiving dinner at Farm 3 of the past 5 years. Delicious food without the prep or cleanup! Enjoy your time there!!

    Oh it is the best! I just published photos from my stay last night, it’s just heavenly there! xx

    This looks so fun! A trip to sonoma must be in my future! That bag is also awesome.

    Let me know when you plan a trip, happy to help with recs! 🙂