The scenery was incredible, perfect setting for a food and wine festival.
We stayed at Northstar Lodge by Welk Resorts. Our room was amazing. We had a 2 bedroom villa, it had everything. Complete kitchen, living room, den, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, large balcony with a fabulous view. It was heaven sitting on the balcony enjoying wine in the afternoon and coffee in the morning. I could seriously get used to living like that all the time. We were within walking distance of the food and wine festival, so it was convenient too.
This was my first time here and did not really know what to expect. We started off walking around the village and had appetizers at Rubicon Pizza Company, great food and excellent service. Then we did the Village Wine and Brew Walk. It was fun. We were able to sample all the wines that the different wineries brought. It was great talking to a lot of these people and finding out about their wines and vineyards. Our favorite was Nick’s Cove Merlot and all the wine from Dewitt Vineyards. At this same time, we were walking thru the vendor’s fair, which offered a variety of hand crafted clothes, soaps, art, and jewelry.
After that is was time for more food, so we checked out Petra. We had Sweet Potato Fries and Garlic Hummus with toast. Both were good, especially the hummus. Service was lacking a bit and we did not care for their wine, but the food was good.
Then we hung out in our fabulous room for a while, just taking in the scenery. So Beautiful. We were scheduled for the Charbay Distillery & Winery Annual Release Party and Bartender Competition, so we checked it out. They served appetizers and a green tea vodka lemonade cocktail. It was interesting, but just not our scene, especially after drinking wine all day. So we let the cocktail party early and just kicked back for the rest of the evening.
They had several other events going on starting Friday night thru Sunday. I thought it was time well spent and had a great time with my friend and just hanging out there. I would definitely go again next year and attend some of the other events.
It was so relaxing and peaceful. I am very glad that we came here and look forward to next year.