This past week my parents were in town and I couldn’t have been happier. We spent lots of quality time together exploring the city and eating lots of amazing food. Because they had rented a car, we were also able to take two day trips up and down the coast. I was really excited to get out of the city and see some of the sights in neighboring towns like Napa, Sonoma, and St. Helena. On the day we went North to Wine Country, my dad was disappointed when none of the vineyards he wanted to visit were open for tours. But the one we chose (even though it was a larger, more mass-produced winery) was pretty fun. We had a great tour guide who was Brazilian and had to give half of the tour in Portuguese because we had two foreign travelers in our group. It was really interesting to hear the translation even though I understood nearly none of it! After learning about the grape growing process and visiting the wine cave, we got to taste some wine along with several different food pairings. Even though the tour was fun, the greatest thing I took away from my time in Napa was the beautiful landscape. I simply could not get over it - especially the fact that it is so close to the city I now call home. Northern California is a spectacular place and I feel so lucky to be able to explore it!