I was lucky enough to be able to visit this winery recently, driving down from Perth and staying locally. It's set back from the road, as you can see, down a short path. Nicely decorated inside with photos of local surfing and the surrounding area (the founder is also a surfer).
Following a wine tasting, I picked up a 2011 "Wildberry" Cabernet Sauvignon. In the tasting, it was fruity and balanced. I'm looking forward to opening this bottle!
Although it has attractive subdued and area-appropriate architecture, I sometimes feel that the best view at the Marriott McDowell Mountain is the view from the hotel. Here is the view out from the front entrance/lobby:
You can see it on the right of this photo. Lots of new shops, and already it provides a way to walk over the waterway there without getting drenched when it is raining. Looking forward to when the trains start running, and getting quickly to and from Heathrow from Canary Wharf.
I had some Bear Republic beer this week at an excellent "Chief Beer Officer" event in London. It was the Hop Rod beer. Deep hops, very satisfying taste. Great to drink on a warm evening in London, with weather just like the beer's home in Sonoma County, California. Highly recommended.
Coit Tower in San Francisco is often seen in scenic views of the city, but what some people don't realize is that the views from the tower itself are just as good. Here is the tower viewed from close to Washington Square:
The walk up to the tower itself passes some woods:
At the tower itself, you see it close up, and can go in to a gift shop there:
But it's the view out to the Golden Gate bridge which is really worth the walk. Here it is at sunset:
Definitely worth walking up if you happen to be in that part of San Francisco at sunset.