Bohemian Highway Travel Co.

Bohemian Highway Travel Co. is a company inspired by the actual Bohemian Highway that winds through the vineyards, orchards, and dairy pastures of western Sonoma County. The spirit of the highway is rooted in adventure and exploration, and Bohemian Highway Travel Co. guides you through your discovery of local hidden gems slightly off the beaten path. Their local expertise in beer, cider, wine, food, and Sonoma County, make them the perfect place to start expanding your knowledge of world famous wine country. 

Bohemian Highway Travel Co. is the perfect company to partner up with for a Father's Day gift- whether you are old enough to enjoy a tour with your dad, or you and the hubs need a day away of celebrating parenthood without the kids, this is the perfect gift. The team at Bohemian Highway can customize their tours for just about any interest- wine, beer, cider, coastal cuisine, zip line tours or mountain biking, you name it. Our team here at ASL decided a beer and cider tour would be a fun break from our normal wine routine (and perfect for Father's Day), and Bohemian Highway Travel Co. planned us an awesome itinerary of places we had never been! Lucky for us, Allyson Wiley tagged along and snapped all of the amazing photos included in this piece so that we could share our day with all of you. 

Stop #1: Horse & Plow

Horse and Plow was started in 2008 with the intention of merging the best of old and new world techniques to make authentic, hand-crafted wines. They have since expanded into making cider as well, which is what drew us to their lovely tasting room. 

We sat for lunch underneath the branches of a sprawling oak tree, taking in the sights and sounds of the garden and surrounding Sebastopol wilderness. Lunch consisted of boxed lunches by Sarah Pinkin, a local  private chef who fixed us brie and caramelized onion sandwiches accompanied by an Asian chicken salad. Both were delightfully light and flavorful, and paired beautifully with the ciders from Horse and Plow. 

Stop #2: Spirit Works Distillery

Our second stop of the day was Spirit Works Distillery, which is located in the Barlow in Sebastopol. The distillery was founded by Timo and Ashby Marshall, on a "grain to glass" philosophy that emphasizes the entire distilling process form start to finish. This hands on approach to production allows Spirit Works Distillery to control every aspect of the batch, whether they are producing vodka, gin, or whiskey. 

Timo and Ashby walked us through their production facility, explaining how they start with the grain, which is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, and bottled on site. We truly got to see how the production comes full circle, even exploring their barrel room where the whiskeys age. There was one portion of the barrel room that featured barrels of whiskey with headphones or speakers attached- all playing different styles and genres of music. From Prince and Michael Jackson, to movie soundtracks, to The Devil Makes Three, each whiskey was exposed to slightly different styles, and when ready, could be compared to the control barrels of each batch to see how the music's vibrations effected the aging flavor of the whiskey. 

Their signature product is Sloe Gin, which is a traditional English recipe that has been handed down through the generations of the Marshall family. This liqueur is made by steeping sloe berries in gin, which give the gin bright berry and citrus notes, as well as a deep and vibrant burgundy color. It is commonly enjoyed on its own in Europe, but is also a fabulous addition to a variety of cocktails. Our tour ended with a tasting of each of their products, with Timo talking us through  each sip much like a sommelier would do with wine.

Stop #3: Crooked Goat Brewing

Last but certainly not least, we stopped at Crooked Goat Brewing, also located in the Barlow. The industrial style tasting room features long high-top steel tables, for a casual but polished vibe. The back bar features 16 different taps that are always pouring different beers.  

Our team opted to order several "taste" sized samplers, so we could try a little bit of everything. From raspberry wheats, to nitro IPA's, Crooked Goat Brewing has a little bit of something for every palate. By far the team favorite was the Passion Fruit Billy Goat, which was an infused Pilsner with tart tropical sweetness and lively hops that make for the perfect summertime beer. 

As we wrapped up at Crooked Goat Brewing, the team from Bohemian Highway had snacks and refreshments ready for us as we piled back into our vehicles. They created an experience for us that was full of firsts for all of us. Considering the fact that many of our team have lived in Sonoma or Napa Valley for many many years, this was no small feat. It was clear that the Bohemian Highway Travel Co. can create an experience that is as unique as the group attending it. Whether you are a local looking for an exciting new experience, or you are exploring wine country for the first time, Bohemian Highway Travel Co. is the perfect place to start planning. 

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The Ultimate Girls Getaway Bag with Toss Designs and Beautycounter

You know we love a good Girls Getaway weekend here at A Savvy Lifestyle, so we paired up with Toss Designs to help you pack. Memorial day weekend is around the corner and there is no better way to celebrate than by treating yourself to a new getaway bag!

Toss Designs has been living and breathing handbags since 2004, and this bay area based design house's bags are effortlessly chic and perfect for every occasion. They make everything from rolling weekend-sized suitcases, to stylish totes, clutches, and makeup pouches. Whether you are planning a weekend away with your bridesmaids or just a girls trip to catch some sun, these bags (and what they have inside them) will be the perfect accessory!

The Bridesmaid Bag

These mid-size zip pouches from toss design would make the perfect bridesmaid gifts for your girls! We love the Bridesmaid Flat Zip because you can easily travel with it- the clear plastic means you can easily take your makeup through airport security. Plus, the print is just right for a wedding, and matching accessories for your bridesmaids make your day even more picture perfect! We paired it with the adorably preppy Spot Me Flat Zip, which can be customized with each bridesmaid's initial!

In this case, we know the things that go inside the bag are just as important as the bag itself. Your bridesmaids deserve the best, so we have rounded up a few ideas!

  • A notebook, like this floral one from Rifle Paper Co. 
  • A piece of jewelry, like this necklace from The Giving Keys. This company employs people transitioning out of homelessness in Los Angeles and creates inspirational necklaces, bracelets, and key chains. The idea is that you wear the piece until you find someone you feel needs the inspiration more than you do- and you pass the piece on, paying it forward. 
  • A fun, on the go cocktail like this Cosmo from On the Rocks. These travel sized cocktails are perfect for a trip to the beach or even on the plane! All you have to do is add ice, or chill the cocktails and enjoy!

The Beauty Bag

If you're looking for some amazing beauty products to gift to your girls, look no further than Beauty Counter! We have featured their amazing products before in our Valentine's day shoot, and we are still raving about them! These products are clean and so effective- you are not sacrificing performance with Beauty Counter. Plus, they ban over 1500 potentially harmful substances from all their items so they are worry free. We picked out a few of our top favorites (seriously it was hard to narrow it down this much), and tossed them into these adorable flat zips. We chose the Florence Tassel Clutch in Tan and the Gold Pineapple Flat Zip. You can shop these Beauty Counter looks here, by selecting the A Savvy Lifestyle Girls Getaway social. You will be entered to win free products if you shop through our link- pretty great right?

This bag is full of beauty goodies, but a weekend of fun in the sun calls for a little extra protection. We absolutely love Beauty Counter's Sun Screen and Dew Skin foundation for light, breethable coverage on those days to the beach or pool. Pair them with the Color Pinch Cream Blush for a slightly more put together look, without feeling overdone. 

While the above products will perfect your day look, a spa night in with the girls calls for a little extra pampering and we've got just the thing. First, you need (and I mean NEED) to try the Beauty Counter Cleansing Balm. You can use this to remove your makeup, clean your face, and it doubles as a hydrating night mask! Once you're all clean, you can delve into the No. 1 Brightening Spa Set. This collection of mini-sized targeted masks, mists, and oils infused with multi-source vitamin C complex will reawaken dull skin and boost radiance. They also come in full sizes to use in your everyday skin care regimen! This collection is great for all skin types so you and your gal pals (or guy pals- skin care is for men too, people!) can relax and leave your vacation feeling rejuvinated. Don't forget to shop through this link to be entered to win a free Beauty Counter product!

Want our expert advice on where to stay in wine country for a getaway weekend? Drop us a line on our contact page and we would love to give you some recommendations. There is so much coming up to do around Sonoma and Napa, so check out our event calendar. Beauty Counter products and Toss Designs bags go together beautifully and we can't wait to see where you take them!

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