Weekend Getaway: Auberge on the Vineyard

Last weekend we had a mini-getaway to the beautiful Sonoma wine country. Our trip was absolutely fabulous! We stayed at the most charming bed and breakfast called Auberge on the Vineyard, located in Cloverdale, CA. Auberge on the Vineyward was one of the first B&B’s in the area (formally known as The Shelford House Bed and Breakfast and Ye Olde Shelford House). You can read more about the history of the B&B here…I just love learning about this kind of stuff and staying at such a sweet and lovely palce!

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Auberge on the VIneyward has Queen Anne Victorian architecture, French styling (you know how I love things French!), and stunning panoramic views of the Alexander Valley vineyards! Guests can either stay in the Victorian House (main house) or Carriage House (we stayed here). Apparently, the Carriage House was added to the inn property in the 1980’s and went through a complete remodel in 2010. The Carriage House offered a beautiful common room with expansive windows/doors where you could take in the gorgeous scenery outside. There was also a wonderful deck where you could sit outside and enjoy the view even more! I found myself on the deck many times during our stay (even in the rain) just admiring the beautiful of the vineyards and mountains. Another nice addition in the common area was the butler’s pantry that had complimentary drinks and snacks.

Here are a few pictures of our rainy arrival Friday night, our beautiful French styled room and the absolutely breathtaking/gorgeous views of the vineyards right off our balcony!!

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Our good friends Dan and Jess joined us for the weekend getaway and we were so happy once they arrived! It was crazy stormy on the drive up…lots of strong wind and intense rain so we were glad they made it up safely. Once they got settled, we headed to downtown Cloverdale to check out a brewpub for dinner. Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub was a huge hit! Not only did we get to drink awesome beer and enjoy delicious pub food, but there was also live music for Friday night! Naturally we met the owner of the pub and closed the place down! After dinner we headed back to the B&B and enjoyed some of the butler’s snacks (spiced rum cake, brownies, little pastries, etc.), a bottle of wine and just hung out. Awesome start to a great first night!

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It was such a treat waking up Saturday morning knowing that a yummy breakfast was being prepared for us. We’ve never stayed at a B&B before so we really didn’t know what to expect. Lets put it this way…Roxanne and her staff BLEW US AWAY!!! We were beyond SPOILED at this B&B! The food was some of the best I have ever had and simply DELICIOUS. We were served a wonderful three-course French breakfast each morning and it was to die for! There was gourmet French pressed coffee, a variety of teas, and fresh orange juice to start. Saturday’s Breakfast included: 1st Course: red wine poached pears. 2nd Course: crepes L’Auberge (black forest ham, cheese, grilled onions), potatoes Anna, and poached tomatoes with parmesan. 3rd Course: can’t remember the name but it was a cinnamon and nutmeg something with fruit. Sunday’s Breakfast included: 1st Course: kiwi-banana smoothie (very light, refreshing and delicious). 2nd Course: Eggs L’Auberge (2 eggs baked over spinach with a champagne Mornay sauce), pineapple saugage and diced potatoes. 3rd Course: blackberry corstata. Sadly, I took no pictures of the food (shocking I know!), but you just have to trust me the food was OUTSTANDING and probably one of the best things about Auberge on the Vineyard! BEST.FOOD.EVER.

Saturday we headed out to do a little wine tasting. This is my second time to the Alexander Valley/Dry Creek/Healdsburg wine region and I really like! There are a lot of great places in the Napa Valley too, but there is something special about the Sonoma area that I just love! It seems to be a little more laid back and easy going. We went to three wineries: Sbragia Family Vineyards, Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves (we became members here!), and Frick Winery. We had a blast! There was even some intense hula hooping at Bella! Check out these great pics!

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For dinner Saturday night we headed to Geyserville and ate at Diavola, a yummy pizzeria and salumeria restaurant. We shared the house cured salami & cheese for our appetizer and then the Bambino Pizza (Dicilian Style Baked Pizza w/ Fresh Mozzarella, Oregano, Tomato, House Smoked Sausage, Black Olives & Basil) and Inferno Pizza (Roasted Red Peppers, Tomato, Basil, Provolone, Mozzarella & Spicy Calabrian Peppers–this one was HOOTTT). Everything was really tasty and a perfect way to spend our last meal together! After dinner, we headed back at the B&B and played Uno and Bridge well into the evening…haha. What can I say, we love to play bored games!

Sunday morning we enjoyed one last three-course French breakfast, played more Bridge, packed up and then headed back home. It was raining again, but it was still really beautiful!

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We had a truly FANTASTIC weekend with our friends and felt so relaxed! It was the perfect break! I must admit it was hard going to work on Monday especially without Roxanne’s delicious French breakfast! After our mini-getaway I felt rejuvenated and refreshed! It was wonderful to spend time with my hubby and our friends in a really beautiful place! We all had such a great time that we can’t wait to go back already. I highly recommend spending a weekend with Roxanne at Auberge on the Vineyard! I’m seriously already planing our next visit. It really is the perfect place to get away, rest, relax, take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy good food and wine! Until next time…au revoir!

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