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Alamo Square picnicking with Milo

Alamo Square picnicking with Milo

I’ve been MIA lately, I know. And I have good reason, having started a new job, done a bit of traveling and hosted some visiting friends – but truth be told, I’ve really just been out soaking up the oh-so-awesome sunshine that’s come out in all its glory over the past couple of weeks. It’s amazing what happens when spring does its springing and anyone and everyone comes out of the woodwork with something of a smile on their faces. Highlights of my past few weeks include a seaside bachelorette weekend in Charleston, S.C., wine-tasting in the Russian River Valley, picknicking (and more picnicking) with everyone – yes, everyone – across San Francisco’s many parks, and some Sunday-afternoon Pacific beach lounging.

So, yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing: sun-chasing. Highly recommend it.

A sunny afternoon at Lynmar Winery in the Russian River Valley

A sunny afternoon at Lynmar Estate  in the Russian River Valley

Dolores Park picnicking (we've been doing a lot of outdoor eating lately)

Dolores Park picnicking (we’ve been doing a lot of outdoor eating lately)

A celebratory weekend in Folly Beach, S.C.

A celebratory weekend in Folly Beach, S.C.

It's mint julep season

It’s mint julep season, duh

A favorite seaside spot in Pacifica

A favorite seaside spot in Pacifica

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Ice cream with Milo in Dolores Park

Ice cream with Milo in Dolores Park

In the Northern California wine world, Napa and Sonoma get all the (well-deserved) hype, but I’m starting to discover that there are wineries in pretty much every direction from San Francisco (save west, which would be a bit tricky). On Saturday we headed south to the Santa Clara Valley, which seemed to be filled with vineyards offering free tastings and inexpensive wines. Milo came along for the ride, and we spent an afternoon picnicking at Kirigan Cellars, one of California’s oldest wineries. The rest of my weekend was filled with walks through the city, ice cream in Dolores Park and sushi in Japantown – plans made around food and sunny afternoons are the best sort of plans.

My Christmas amaryllis is finally in full bloom

My Christmas amaryllis is finally in full bloom

The hills of Santa Clara wine country

The hills of Santa Clara wine country

Goodies for a wine country picnic

Goodies for a wine country picnic

Dolores Park Scenes

Dolores Park scenes