By Erin Perkins
One of my best experiences by far was a two day trip to Napa Valley. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle that is Los Angeles. My roommate and I got up at five a.m. to embark on a six hour journey. The drive gave us the opportunity to see California outside of the palm trees and traffic. We stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast that came with a complimentary wine tasting. Halfway through our wine tasting we discovered our guide went to Syracuse. It was nice to chat about what had changed and what hadn’t. It was also interesting to hear how he majored in Marketing, and then found his way to Northern California.
We got to explore the town, as well as downtown Napa. It was like being in a completely different world. We didn’t exactly have a plan as the trip was pretty spontaneous, but we were able to schedule a wine tour our second day at a vineyard called Sterling Vineyards. We got to ride a lift up to a castle that featured the tasting along with a spectacular view. This took up most of the day but we were able to treat ourselves to some really good gelato!
At the end of our trip I found myself wishing we had more time. It was nice to take a relaxing vacation from our busy lives. It’s crazy how Los Angeles has become our home and the need to take a break arises on stressful days. This was one of the first vacations I’ve taken without my parents, and I look forward to similar experiences in the future.