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Bay Area Anniversary Trip: Day One

Some of you may remember me mentioning in previous posts that it was going to be our 10th wedding anniversary coming up. My husband and I decided to take a trip to the Bay Area and do some sight seeing. Even though I’m a California girl born and raised, I’ve never been to any of these places until now.

To start off our trip, we decided to go north of San Francisco and visit wine country. If you drive about an hour north, you will hit endless wineries and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Healdsburg, Ca was our first stop. We ended up at Dry Creek General Store to get some freshly made sandwiches before heading to a local picnic sight where you can sit and enjoy the views.

Dry Creek General Store Healdsburg, Ca Bay Area Trip Day One Just One Mommy's Opinion

Dry Creek General Store Healdsburg, Ca Bay Area Trip Day One Just One Mommy's Opinion

This place is just beautiful. If you are driving past, you must stop here! Once you step inside this store, you’re smothered by unique, quirky, CUTE home goodies. Not to mention the deli! The sandwiches are to die for, and are FRESHLY made.

Once we had our sandwiches in hand, we headed right up the street to Family Wineries Dry Creek. You drive up a steep little road and there you’ll find some tucked away picnic tables with some pretty drop dead gorgeous views of the vineyard. Another fun little addition to this location is the bocce ball court right there by the tables. They also have the perfect backgrounds for some awesome pictures.

See, this is the coolest red barn you’ve ever seen, am I right?

Once we finished our lunch, we decided to head out towards Goat Rock State Beach which is just about an hour drive from the vineyard. On the way, we spotted an amazing fox statue at Wilson Wineries and had to take advantage of the photo op!

What’s even cooler about this guy is that you can climb INSIDE of him! They have a ladder and everything 🙂

My husband was brave enough, I wasn’t! Lol This winery also has some breathtaking views as well.

The drive to Goat Rock from the winery is filled with meadows and valleys that are full green right now from all of the northern California rain. Spring is definitely the time to visit! If it’s not raining..

With the unique rocks sticking out from everywhere, Goat Rock brings some pretty incredible sights. You travel down a small road on the side of a hill which can be a bit scary at some moments, but the end result is totally worth it!

And here she is folks! Goat Rock. I know, gorgeous. What even more awesome is that you can drive down the hill right in front of the rock and walk around.

The rocks that are everywhere makes this beach something I’ve never seen before. My husband said it was like we were in New Zealand where they shot Lord of the Rings!  😆

The sand at this beach was an interesting grey color. Again, have never seen this before at a Cali beach. Was a nice change from the seaweed filled beaches elsewhere!! Look how clean it is!

Here’s a picture that’s a little more up close and personal with the rock. This is where you are able to park and get out and walk around. Right in front!

Beautiful sand….

These rocks were everywhere, I swear it was just amazing.

Little birdie snuck into this picture!

So the husband accidentally took this shot and I actually liked it 🙂

On the way back to Santa Rosa, Ca (where we stayed for the night) we stopped at a local coffee shop called Gold Coast Coffee & Bakery to get some baked treats. It did NOT disappoint, It was the cutest little place where you could go out back, sit, enjoy the scenery and sip your coffee. I highly recommend!

Now that I have your mouth watering for coffee and goodies, tell me your favorite place to visit in Northern California! Have you ever been to Cali before? Comment below and share to your little hearts content!

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  1. What a fabulous getaway! I was born and raised in the bay area but have not been to any of these spots before, definitely adding them to my list.
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  2. Angela Milnes

    What a beautiful place to visit with my family and I really love the view. Glad you share this

  3. This makes me miss home. I grew up in Northern California. Beautiful pictures!
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    1. Aww, well hopefully it brought back some good memories 🙂

  4. I love how your pictures are super natural. That way, I actually get to see the place and how it really looks! Did you have a good time? Y’all look so peaceful!
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    1. Thank you! We had a wonderful time.. Best Anniversary trip ever.

  5. Rebecca Swenor

    Happy Anniversary. This sounds like you had an amazing time celebrating your anniversary.I would love to do this some day. The general store looks and sounds amazing along with the winery. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences and awesome photos.

  6. What a fabulous day trip! I love going off the beaten path and exploring. General stores are always fun. 🙂

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  7. That was a really great adventure. It is nice to travel to places that are not too crowded and filled with the wonders of nature.
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  8. karlyn cruz

    Great Anniversary trip! It looks so fun. Great place to visit. I love your idea having an out of town celebration. Love it!

  9. This post remind me of my wine tour in Florence. The pictures are so great. By the way Happy Anniversary.
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  10. Leigh Anne Borders

    Wow! Just WOW! It looks like you had a fabulous time. I love that red barn!

  11. Blair villanueva

    This places are beautiful! The vineyard, open spaces, and the beach, omg! Its so romantique 🙂

  12. Wow it is really a beautiful place for an anniversary! I think my girlfriend and I would enjoy it so much! I think she would love to get up on that dog hahaha and I will be having fun with the idea of Lord of the rings!

  13. Ive always wanted to go to california and this has made me want to go even more! It really is such a beautiful place!

  14. What a magical looking place! I have been out that way in years; I really need to make it back. Wonderful pics BTW
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  15. Elizabeth O.

    It’s beautiful out there! I love that you can walk along the beach and just explore. Your husband’s right, it does look a little like you’re in New Zealand. Everywhere you look it’s just beautiful.

  16. What a fun day!! I love the beach. this looks like such a great place to visit. My kids would love that statue. The vineyard is beautiful too.
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  17. lex

    amazing location and site, the beauty of this place can not be written simply in words, all images are well taken and all lovely. you sure had a fun trip from this.
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  18. Rosey

    I haven’t ever been to either place. Both are on my list though. And hurrah for milestone anniversaries!

  19. I had no idea that California had such beautiful spots to visit! I hope one day I can visit some of these magical spots.

  20. Beautiful pictures! I’ve been to San Diego and Coronado Island but haven’t visited much of Cali. It’s such a beautiful place to visit. I hope to visit again soon! I love it there!

  21. I love the San Fran area, but these are places I haven’t yet visited in California. Gorgeous photos, and that BARN! WOW.

  22. The Bay area is so beautiful! My cousin and her husband were just there this past week and she sent me pictures – combined with your post, it’s a sign I must visit!

  23. colleen wool

    Your picture look so amazing. I love vineyards, we frequent the ones here in Florida often.

  24. Happy Anniversary! I just love your photos. This area looks so gorgeous.
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  25. lisa

    Bocce Ball and Wine are two of my favorite things! I definitely need to visit he Family Winery in Bay Area soon!

  26. This looks like an amazing place to visit! What a beautiful place and so much to do. Happy anniversary!
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  27. What a fantastic way to spend your anniversary! Big congrats. Your trip looked so wonderful.

  28. Lisa Rios

    Happy Anniversary! That looks like a really calming place.. the tranquility must have felt really peaceful and soothing.

  29. Very impressive pictures. Looks like you had a great trip. I’ve never been to that area either and it was a goal to see when I lived in Sothern Cal in the late 80’s when I was in the Army. Our one attempt at going to San Francisco happened to be on the very day that huge earthquake took out the bridge. We stopped on our way there to some roadside joint that was selling green beer and pizza. The quake hit while we were there and afterward we calculated that if we hadn’t stopped we could have been on that bridge when it came down. That’s my story on how green beer saved my life and kept me from visiting San Francisco.

  30. I use to live in California, but that was so many years ago when my dad was in the military. But this looks like a beautiful part of the country to go to . Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.

  31. Wow! This looks like an amazing place to visit! So peaceful and beautiful.
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