San Francisco to Portland

// May 24th, 2012 // America

Arriving at Artesa

Emily and I planned to visit northern California’s wine country and then camp on our way up to Portland. We did stop in Sonoma and Napa but the weather was bad so we skipped camping.

The traffic to get out of San Francisco was nothing short of  hectic. The drive, once out of the morning commuter traffic, was quite short. We stopped in Sonoma and visited one of my favorite shops on the square. We then headed to Artesa Winery for wine tasting. The visitor’s center is built into the hillside and it’s really understated compared to other wineries I’ve visited. We enjoyed our visit and then hit the road. The scenery in northern California was beautiful. Even though we had just been in the car for 10 hours from LA to SF (that’s what happens when there are 3 accidents and traffic jams), we were happy to spend a long day together in the car just catching up. We rolled into Portland exhausted, but since we hadn’t plan to arrive until the following day, it meant Emily had the next day off of work for us to just hang out like old times. :)

View from Artesa

we heart wine.

Storms arrive as we head north

Snowy mountain view

Alan thinks 'brrrr it's chilly up here'

Driving through Weed

It was a beautiful drive despite the horrible rain we drove through. And ironically, a friend brought wine to a dinner party the other week and it was Artesa’s Pinot Noir. I’m not sure why, but it’s always nice to be like, ‘Hey, I’ve been there!’

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6 Responses to “San Francisco to Portland”

  1. What a shame about the weather! Made for some pretty pics though.
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  2. Ava Apollo says:

    Is that a town called Weed? Why am I not surprised?
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  3. I live in the Sonoma County and am always stunned by the scenery. The vineyards have a different type of beauty for every season (November is the best)!
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  4. Ayngelina says:

    The storm makes for interesting skies in the photos, I’d love to go there but no way would I camp :)
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  5. Beautiful photos. They make me want to return to California, to visit its northern areas.
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