16 January, 2011

I Left My Heart in Sonoma

Kenwood Inn and Spa

I was recently in San Francisco for almost a week visiting friends and doing very little except relaxing, which explains my lack of blogs since the first of the year. While there, I barely took out my camera out of its bag. I was clearly in decompression mode.

I saw the extraordinary Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at the MoMA. It was amazing to track his progress from his early years to his later (and more famous) years. An amazing talent. Their How Wine Became Modern wine exhibit was also extraordinary, particularly the sniffing wall, where you could smell many different types of decanted wines.

I also visited Omnivore Books (a cookbook-only bookstore in Noe Valley) which is my kind of candy store. My friend and I met up with the lovely Kate McDermott (Seattle pie-maven extraordinaire) who was also in town and went off to brunch and lovely afternoon adventures.

Besides that, I did not do a whole lot while in the Bay Area (save for a short trip to Sonoma), much to the disappointment of my family and friends who wanted photos and stories. Since I have very few stories to tell, I will leave you with a few photos of Kenwood Inn and Spa, which we visited while on our side trip to Sonoma Valley. It is a truly breathtaking place. It's on Conde' Nast's 100 Best Hotels in the World listing, and for good reason. It's truly stunning and very private. I will be going back in the spring or summer for a potential professional photography shoot and (hopefully) as an overnight guest.


  1. Lovely photos Jackie....makes me miss the Wine Country even more!

  2. Jackie your photos continue to inspire-if I can be half as good as you I would count myself successful. I passed on a Stylish Blogger Award to you via mine. Wishing you much success and happiness in 2011

  3. Stunning photos and this place looks breathtaking. See you tonight!

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful shout-out, Seattle Pastry Girl!

  5. Sounds like you needed the break! I'm glad you relaxed and kept your camera in your bag. Although I love seeing your gorgeous photos, I know that it's work too. xoxox

  6. Just wanted to say that your photos are beautiful! (i'm talking about the food pics too, not just the ones in this post). Have a good weekend!