Our first stop is Berry Brothers & Rudd Wine Merchants that was established in the 17th century. It is an amazing shop with wines from all over the world, including our neighbor's Au Bon Climat winery. The desk and ledger looks like Gringotts Wizarding Bank straight out of the Harry Potter movies!
Nearby, we pop into the Ritz Hotel for a cappuccino and hot chocolate . . . overpriced, but the people watching is well worth it!
All runs smoothly and like clockwork, we are checked-in to our flight, settled into our cozy Air New Zealand pods, and have ordered a Bloody Mary. Even our departure is on time. The flight back to Los Angles is wonderfully uneventful — though there is a really handsome man sitting behind us. After a couple of movies and hours of deep sleep, we arrive in Los Angeles around 7:45PM. No delays in getting through the various queues or retrieving luggage, and with time to spare we head outside the terminal to wait for our shuttle to take us back to the Santa Ynez Valley and home!
It is almost midnight when I drive through the gate and greeted by my two sleepy pups Simba and Peeties!