Tag: wine vacations

tapas in madrid joyful heart travel
Destinations, Reviews, Spain

Tapas in Madrid

One of my favorite Spanish customs is eating tapas. There are several legends about how tapas originated, but today it involves going to a bar, ordering a few tasty bites with a drink and enjoying them with your friends, then perhaps moving on to another bar, and maybe another. You can do this […]

madrid, joyful heart travel
Destinations, Reviews, Spain


Madrid is my favorite city, and I’ve been there numerous times. It’s old, large, lively, and urban, yet it’s pretty and has a small-town feel. I love the festive atmosphere, the food, and the walkability. People are always out and about, no matter what hour. They really enjoy food, drink, and conversation, and […]

Willi's Wine Bar, Santa Rosa Joyful Heart Travel
California, Reviews

Willi’s Wine Bar, Santa Rosa

Willi’s Wine Bar, Santa Rosa, California ♥♥♥♥♥ I heard good things about Willi’s Wine Bar in Santa Rosa and planned to make it a lunch stop, but a host at one of our wine tastings said that Willi’s was special and we should go there for dinner. That meant that we didn’t […]

Review: John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa, Joyful Heart Travel
California, Reviews

Review: John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa

Review: John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa ♥♥♥♥♥ John Ash & Co. is located next to Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, California. It is a highly rated restaurant known for it’s gourmet wine-country menu consisting of seasonal, local foods designed to pair with the local wines. Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt maintains the high quality […]

Review: Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa, joyful heart travel
California, Reviews

Review: Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa

Hotel Review: Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa, California ♥♥♥♥♥ I did a lot of research before choosing to stay at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, California. We were taking a weekend wine trip in northern California, and there are many, many places to stay. Vintners Inn is located in Sonoma County, […]

Joyful Heart Travel Northern California Wine Country
California, Destinations

Northern California Wine Country

For better or worse, we arrived in California at the same time as El Niño. Our plan included a 4-hour flight followed by a relaxing lunch in a nice restaurant and a 1 1/2 hour drive to the northern California wine country. But it was one of those travel days where nothing went as planned. […]