A must is to visit Loretta Caponi, located in Piazza Antinori, probably the most beautiful linen shop in the world.
Next on my must do's is a visit to Vivoli, hands down the best Gelato I have every tasted. Flavors like dark chocolate with pieces orange rind sent me to the moon.
Florence is an amazing city. Great food, history, art, and shopping. Besides visiting the Ufizzi, David at the Academia, and Duomo, We ventured over to the Pitti Palace and explored the gardens which has the best views in Florence.
A few OC Wino food and Finds Tips:
Our Best dinner was Vecchia Bettola. We had delicious food and sat at a community table and met the most fun people. Dessert was wild strawberries with vanilla Gelato.
A great city to explore all by foot. Make sure you get tickets to the museums in advance.
It's all about riding and beautiful country at Eatons'. I have been going to Eatons' since I was seven and honestly the ranch has not changed a lot. Sure the cabins have been refurbished and the food is up to date and actually they have added a great full stocked bar, but the feeling is the same friendly and beautiful spot which keeps me coming back every year. Try for a cabin on the Gold Coast. It costs a bit more but you are on the Wolf river which provides adequate Fly Fishing. It is an easy trip from LA or the OC. Hop on Frontier to Denver with a quick jaunt to Sheridan on Great Lakes. The ranch is 20 minutes away. I usually ship my gear to the ranch, along with a case of wine.
Our day at Eatons' starts with a hearty ranch breakfast, while they are saddling our horses and cleaning our cabins. Off we go for our two hour adventure either alone or with a handsome or pretty wrangler. A cold beer when we return for lunch, a nap and off for some fly fishing or hiking. Depending on the season, you can do another afternoon ride or an evening ride.
It is a great family trip. I have also done a girls trip which adds a little humor and maybe ship 2 cases of wine. It is my go to destination every summer. It grounds me back to the beauty of nature.
The OCWino went on a two day road trip with her friend Lori Bassler Hayes up to Sun Valley. Below is a little photo journal of all the shenanigans and misdemeanors that occurred in the Mojave desert. Initially we planned to spend one night in Lake Tahoe, but due to a wrong turn on interstate 6, we ended up in the lovely town of Ely with only one hotel room to spare. It didn't have the glitz, but it was waay more adventurous with many laughs along the way.
From Mexican dives to truffle hunting to navigating LA