Everywhere you turn at historic Beltane Ranch near Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley, your eyes feast on countless photo opportunities. Following our Thanksgiving meal in Sonoma this year, our family returned to Beltane after visiting at this time last year.
Autumn is on full display in all of its kaleidoscopic glory and I was feeling giddy and snap-happy with my Nikon throughout our stay. More sweet family moments and enduring mental (and actual) photographs than can be counted.
The crisp fall air filled with smoke from a wood-burning fire in the main house. Deep orange ornamental persimmons hanging from leafless trees. Morning mist intensifying the beauty of everything it washes over. Luke the massive Black Labrador dropping a slimy tennis ball at your feet at every opportunity and then blocking any attempt to pick up the disgusting thing and throw it because you know your role in Luke’s world.
Heavenly homemade breakfasts with ingredients sourced from Beltane’s organic garden and hen house. Warm and amiable guests to chat with around the large wooden family table. I am so enamored with this magical place, I dream up ways to own it or recreate it in another location.
Endless opportunities to hold hands, lay on a hammock, swing from a porch bench, kiss your loved ones on their heads while wrapping your arms around them – never, never wishing to let go. This is a family tradition I could get very accustomed to.