Sonoma and Napa are known for their picturesque wineries and luscious vineyards, but having experienced that side of wine country before, my sisters and I decided to show you a more low-key facet of the beautiful places. Be prepared for a chill day full of spontaneous explorations and quirky discoveries! Feel free to pin whatever catches your eye. ^_^
1. Hunt for hipster treasures
We parked in a convenient little parking lot leading to Old Town, where the walk to the nearest restaurant was filled with hipster treasures left and right. Meet our first guest, Jerry the ultra-cute Volkswagen!
At this point, the owner came out to greet us and told us a little bit about Jerry. Everyone we met was so nice, and the best part about being in hipster town is that everyone understands when you take pictures with the most mundane things. They even offer to take your picture for you! See below:
Then, we ran into this vibrant pink cactus. I've only ever seen these plants on Instagram! I didn't know it was actually pink in person! I thought it was only the Instagram filters D: What a cool cactus!
The color patterns are just so mesmerizing, isn't it?!
Of course, we got a little goofy after circling the cactus for a while...
It was a gangsta cactus.
2. Visit fair trade & handmade boutiques
Being the bohemian style enthusiast that I am, I felt right at home in these boutiques! I highly recommend Global Heart Fair Trade. There, you'll find handmade pine needle baskets, kilim handbags, global textiles, felted mobiles, and so much more-- all sourced from around the world. It was glorious!
These baskets were strikingly gorgeous!!
Who would've thought to make handbags out of wool pillows?! I'm obsessed.
This interesting plate was made in Vietnam using folded magazine papers!
Two words: Indian fabric <3
Handmade baby mobiles :) straight out of Etsy!
3. Explore historical buildings
If you walk around E. Spain St., you'll find quite a bit of these photogenic, historical buildings near Mission San Francisco Solano. There are also friendly tour guides everywhere, so feel free to ask them about this gorgeous establishment!
My sisters are way too thug D:
4. Try Sweet Scoops Homemade Ice Cream
*Droooool* I got the coconut flavored ice cream and it was so good. Lots of coconut chunks in every bite. They were definitely not stingy with the ice cream, either! If you're roaming around Sonoma on a hot day, stop by Sweet Scoops for a refreshing taste of homemade ice cream!
We really enjoyed the ice cream! LOL
5. Eat at The Girl & The Fig
With more than 2500 reviews and a solid 4/5 stars, The Girl & The Fig was the perfect brunch spot for our hungry tummies.
I love my sisters!!
For starters, we got: duck liver mousse, toast, fries, and buttery, steamed mussels. Mmmm... To be fair, we only ordered the duck liver and mussels but everything else came with it. Not complaining! ^_^
For entrees, we shared the steak (ordered medium rare but got well done lol), gnocchi, and the pork belly sandwich. All were super duper good, including the steak, but it wasn't done the way we ordered.
The venue was particularly enticing. So many photo ops here!
6. Explore the Oxbow Public Market
The Oxbow Public Market is a sacred gathering for the hip and hungry. It's a fantastic indoor market that has everything from oysters to books-- all within a few steps from each other. If you've never been inside Oxbow, you've got to give it a visit!
Free chocolate tasting <3
If you do visit Oxbow, don't skip out on the Hog Island Oysters! It's always a huge favorite among locals and tourists alike.
Shucking oysters live! Kind of entertaining when you're waiting in line for a seat.
I recommend getting the clam chowder here. So. Good.
We are happy indeed. ^_^
Thanks for following us on this adventure! I hope you had just as much fun as we did. If you've ever visited Sonoma County or Napa Valley, I'd love to hear all about your adventures below!