Coming Home to Sonoma

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Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Sonoma, California with a few other bloggers to celebrate the partnership of Fortessa and Williams Sonoma at Fairmont Hotel, because, as you know, I love dinnerware, and hotels, and good people—my favorite things. I hadn’t ever visited Sonoma so it was a wonderful to chance to escape the Utah cold and go experience some delicious food and company. We got the royal treatment too: cooking class at the original Williams Sonoma shop by chef, Thomas McNaughton, of the renowned San Francisco restaurant, Flour and Water, a massage at the Fairmont hotel (I’m a sucker for a spa!).

I used my trip to practice photography. Since I’ve been blogging I’ve been able to work with a number of really wonderful photographers, because I haven’t ever learned to take proper photos (for shame!). In my mind, photography is art and who am I to take the place of someone who has been working at it for years?

BUT, I took Jill Thomas’ photography workshop in October because I finally realized that I need to buck up and learn to take my own photos. Sometimes you just don’t have a photographer around when you need one! It got me practicing though I still have a long way to go. These photos are a collection of some of my own from little Cannon Rebel, my iphone, and the photographer on the weekend. 
Coming home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaWe had a tour of the location of the original Williams Sonoma store along with a cooking class from Thomas McNaughton, who showed us how to make homemade past. Sadly, I’m not a chef but I do appreciate people who love to make good food so I gladly partook of the delicious meal afterward.
Coming home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

Even though I hate to cook, I LOVE kitchen accessories and this copper pot collection would be a welcomed addition to my kitchen.
Coming home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

And I love the idea of a black and white kitchen floor. Coming home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

See, I’m trying. Coming home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma
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After the class, we visited the Silver Oak Winery where we were taken on a tour of the facilities and the chef’s garden.Coming home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

I got to practice my close up shots.Coming home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams SonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams Sonomafairmont sonomaComing home to Sonoma with Fortessa and Williams Sonoma

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine.

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