Why do we return?
Is it the landscaping? I do love the mix of cottage garden and California natives, to say nothing of the multiple fruit trees. They’ve paved what used to be gravel paths, good for shoes, a little sad for my rustic longings.
Is it the food? Weekends we eat breakfast up at the Hilltop Cafe; lunch generally at the pool, or with a sandwich at the little Market; dinners at Farm (we ate there for our actual anniversary night dinner but all I got was this photo of a bottle of wine we were about to drink).
Don’t worry. I still have two feet.
Is it dinner at the the Boon Fly Cafe?
While the Farm offers fancier food, shaved truffles optional, the Boon Fly is your place for fried chicken and the like. I love its barn-like architecture, and the staff aprons.
So maybe it’s the rooms?
Or the bathrooms? Painted in sage green, tiled in gray-green slate. A symphony of shower options.
Or the enclosed deck? Each cottage’s got one. With an outdoor shower. Love the feel of over-sized water drops falling through shafts of sunlight.
Don’t like to see plumbing? Shift yourself a bit on your lounge chair, look at the garden instead.
No, in the end, it’s always the pool.
Up a hill,
to breakfast, and The New York Times on paper.
Then down a few steps to a chaise, and a long hot afternoon of shared burgers, sauvignon blanc, and pool floats.
The vista, of what seems like nothing.
Or is nothing, but the fields beyond and some haze and light.
An open field of vision, one might say, a place for emptiness to give its gifts.
California’s wine country offers variety for the more adventurous. If you’d like to read on, you might visit A Rich Life on a Budget, where Adrienne posts a lot of wine country ideas in her travel section. She’ll also recommend wines, in her happy, generous, and knowledgeable way.