We’re just days away from beginning our first extended stay.
Our destination? The town of Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley of California.
The reasons are several, although Sonoma Valley’s world-renowned wines and cuisine could stand fully on their own as reason enough.
We’ve been there multiple times for short visits and have enjoyed it so much that we felt it was worth a longer, deeper look. From a business standpoint, Bill has a client in the area, so staying in the valley will enable him to meet with them more readily. We also have great friends living only 30 minutes away. Lastly, our favorite city on the West Coast, San Francisco, is the gateway to California wine country.
We found a place to rent through airbnb, a website described as “a community marketplace for unique spaces.” Unique is what we got…a small cottage located at the entrance of a vineyard. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, and living room. Plus it has Wi-Fi – a must to help us maintain our consulting businesses while we’re on the road.
Bill happened to travel to Sonoma Valley last month for client meetings, and he had time to stop by the cottage for a preview and take a few photos to whet my appetite. He declared the cottage to be “rustic, rural, comfortable and charming.” A rolling patchwork of vineyards and an assortment of agricultural buildings surround the property.
In other words, it’s the perfect home base from which to explore the birthplace of California’s wine industry.
And the countdown continues…