Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Inspiring Picnic Spot of the Week: Pittock Mansion in Portland

Picnics are a way of life here in Sonoma County, so as summer dwindles down to a sliver, we encourage you to make time for one or two more fresh air dining experiences before autumn arrives with its shorter days and snappy air.

Our inspiring picnic spot of the week is Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon. Perched high in the
West Hills, Pittock Mansion sits more than a thousand feet above the city's skyline, so it's a great spot to take in the view. Take the one-hour house tour or wander the gardens at no cost. There are picnic tables and benches for your use.

(If we weren't so busy with harvest, we'd consider heading there now!)  

If you're in Northern California, like us, and looking for more local ways to enjoy the last of the season, you should definitely check out the J Terrace experience. It's available through October and offers some of the most fabulous al fresco dining in the Bay Area. You and a friend will sit under the white canvas umbrellas on our sun warmed creekside patio while sharing a platter of peak season foods (the current menu is here) accompanied by carefully selected J wine pairings. 

The cost is $40 per couple ($35 for Club J members) and reservations are strongly recommended, although walk-ins are welcome, too. To make a reservation, call us at 707.431.5430 or request a reservation online.  

Another great way to enjoy the J Terrace is our upcoming September 22nd Harvest Party -- one of the best seasonal events in Sonoma featuring our award-winning wines, seasonal hors d’oeuvres, and array of goodies provided by our favorite local food vendors. Pick up your tickets while they're still available!
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