Out & About

The Valley of the Moon

Monday, September 30th, 2013

It was one of those weekends that combined evening hours spent with great friends in celebration of a birthday, and a day spent journeying to a farm in search of beautiful pumpkins and seasonal produce (the squash, the tomatoes, so good). I’ve realized stepping away from the computer on the weekends is pure delight, and it’s in those hours of ignoring the screens or smartphone that I feel like I’m really living. 

Last week, Matt and I stole away for a day to one of our favorite destinations in Sonoma County, the idyllic Valley of the Moon. The author Jack London lived in the territory – its name originates from the Native American Miwok tribe who referred to this special region nestled between mountains and hills as the “Valley of the Moon”.

I thought I’d share some snaps of what’s happening in the high season which begins in late September and lasts through late November. The harvest and crush are in full swing as each grape reaches the ripe and ready point. The tourists are arriving from all around the world to soak up the sunshine and indulge in the flavors of the region.

sonoma valley of the moon vineyard

The vineyards sprawl for miles and miles in Sonoma and Napa counties and grapes are planted strategically by terroir. There are a few wineries that (lucky for the us) plant rows of different varietals adjacent to each other in a small plot of land to show the difference between a merlot, a cabernet, a syrah, a zinfandel, a chardonnay, and a sauvignon blanc.

Every varietal is ready to be picked at a different time over the course of the harvest season. Each grape is distinct, down to its color, flavor, cluster, and even the characteristics of the leaves, yet they all thrive in this place we’re lucky to call our backyard. 

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The High Line, Chelsea Market + West Village

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Hey all, today I wanted to share a few snaps of my latest visit to New York City. I asked for suggestions and you all delivered! One of the most repeated recommendations was to walk the High Line and Chelsea Market, two places I hadn’t visited yet. Thank you! It was such a pleasure exploring these two (and the West Village) for an entire day.

I started at the northern end of the High Line at 30th Street and worked my way south to the end, and I definitely recommend this walk. The history of the High Line is so interesting, the unused railroad tracks were scheduled for demolition but together with the City of New York, a preservation society has reinvented the old train tracks and turned them into a park elevated above the city streets where visitors and locals stroll along or just hang out.

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high line sloped park bench

What’s cool is as you walk the mile long promenade you look down into the Meatpacking and Chelsea neighborhoods and you’ll see modern street art and sculpture with views to the Hudson River and Chelsea Piers.

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