Well, a mere one week after our first Harvest Host stay at Klinker Brick Winery in Lodi we stayed at another winery. This time we stay in Merced at Vista Ranch and Cellars. My brother was going to be staying the night after we did. I would have liked to have stayed the same night but I had work the next day. So we spent a nice afternoon walking around the vineyard and orchards, dodging the bees who where busy doing their jobs, and just enjoying the break from the rain. We stopped by the tasting room but since I don’t drink, I had a bowl of lobster bisque. It was delicious! Cristy tasted some sparkling wine and bought something in the gift shop as a thank you for being able to stay in such a beautiful location.
Most Harvest Host locations are boondocking only, meaning, there are no facilities available. You bring your own power and plumbing. This winery is different in that they provide three spaces that have water and 50 amp electric service. No sewer service or dump station is available. However, having electricity is AWESOME! And if I’d known they have water, I’d never have filled up my fresh water tank to save some weight.
We spent the evening reading and catching up on some TV shows I downloaded to our iPad. We heated up the soup she had brought and enjoyed a nice quiet dinner. Even though there was a high school dance going on at the event center also located on the winery grounds, it was still very peaceful
That is, until a train went by. And they go by very often. There is a very busy stretch of railroad right on the other side of the street. At times during the night it sounded like some of the trains were going to come right through our trailer! But I fell right back asleep each time.
The next day we slept in. I cooked some eggs for breakfast, and then we watched our church live on their website. Just as church was ending my brother and his wife showed up. We caught up a little, gave them the grand tour of our little Lance, and then headed back up to the visitor center to have some lunch together. After some great conversation I had to start packing up. Amazed that three hours could pass so quickly.
It was really nice catching up with my brother and just enjoying a quiet getaway to Vista Ranch. We will definitely be back soon!