When ideas for bachelor or bachelorette parties are thrown around, Las Vegas is usually one of the first suggestions but I’m now hearing more and more alternatives like weekend trips to Nashville, Montreal, or camping. Personally, I’m becoming averse to the Las Vegas bachelorette and its clubs, smoky casinos, and 24-hour party on the strip. And since I live in San Francisco, a relaxing bachelorette party in wine country sounds pretty ideal. Maybe I’m just getting older.
My cousin Rima and I were born six months apart and growing up we spent a lot of time together and our parents often dressed us up in the same outfits too which helped the fact that people thought we were twins or sisters. Now as we start our 30s, we are more different than alike but one thing we agree on is our preference for the spa over the club. So I planned a bachelorette for her in Sonoma filled with a spa treatment, sunbathing, a little bit of wine, and a lot of good food.
The first thing we did when we got to Sonoma was buy some pastries at Basque Boulangerie. The place was packed on this early Sunday morning. They have everything you would expect such as croissants, muffins, fresh baked bread, tarts, and cakes and they also serve soups, salads, and sandwiches if you need a heartier meal. We took our pastries to go and walked across the road to Sonoma Plaza, the heart of downtown Sonoma.
After breakfast, we went to the MacArthur Place to use their spa and pool. I chose this place because it was close to the center of Sonoma and we could have lunch there poolside so long as we booked spa treatments. It was easy to make appointments for our massages and facials, the staff were friendly, and it was quiet and not crowded at all so it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
MacArthur Place itself looked picturesque and seemed to be the perfect place to have an overnight retreat from the city. My cousins thought it would be nice to buy a night’s stay as a Christmas gift to their parents and personally, I’ll be thinking of this place the next time I need to book an overnight in Sonoma.
The best part for us was sunbathing and eating lunch by the pool after using the spa. Southern Californians can easily take for granted the amount of beach time they get but when you live in Nor Cal where the fog and cold are persistent and the ocean is freezing, you appreciate any pool time you can get. The restaurant took our orders and served our food right at our lounge chairs and we ate tasty burgers, wraps, and sandwiches as we worked on our tans. We didn’t want to look pasty white in our bridesmaid dresses and wedding gown!
After a few hours, we wanted to hit up at least one winery so we went to Grgich Hills Estate simply because we wanted to stomp grapes. Grgich is actually in Rutherford which is about a 40-minute drive from Sonoma but we had some time to kill before dinner so we didn’t mind the drive and when the scenery whizzing by you on the freeway in one beautiful vineyard after another you can’t complain. Grgich is the only winery around that has grape stomping and we got there just in time before they closed. Squishy grapes between your toes is kind of gross but we thought it was pretty funny anyway and a great photo op!
After a tasting of Grgich wines we drove back to Sonoma Plaza for dinner at The Girl and the Fig. I came here once before for lunch on a separate trip to Sonoma and loved it so I knew I wanted to book a table for dinner. The restaurant is famous in Sonoma and for good reason. We enjoyed everything we ordered and we savored the summertime air as we dined outside on the back patio.
My cousin got married a couple weeks later and it was a gorgeous and fun wedding. Planning one though is no small task so I’m glad we got to go away to Sonoma for a day and take advantage of the spa, pool, and food. It’s something we don’t get to do all the time and for the bride, it was the best way to celebrate getting hitched.