Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
On our recent trip to Sonoma County in Northern California, we had a lovely evening by the pool at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. The director of Godfather fame definitely knows a thing or two about making a winery visit friendly for the entire famiglia!
Mr. Francis Ford Coppola made cinema history with his Godfather trilogy and became a world-wide household name. Some decades later, his daughter, Ms. Sofia Coppola, dazzled us with Marie Antoinette and made macarons insanely popular across the globe. But did you know among their many achievements, the Coppola family runs a winery, too? Well, here it is, Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, California, it's a playground for the whole family with cinema, wine, food, and pool! What an offer we just can't refuse.
Step upstairs and join us for a lovely evening.
Guess who's taking the lead?
At the winery, there is a swimming pool flanked with playful fountains, bright blue cushiony lounge chairs, and retro-style little wooden cabins. The pool is open from April to October each year, you can reserve pool passes or cabin packages, but the tickets are sold-out very quickly.
What's one to do when the tickets are sold out? Let me tell you a little trick: come on Saturday nights during summer for a dinner with live music at the Pool Cafe, there is no admission charge. Or you can come for their Swimming Under the Stars event for a late evening dip in the pool, check their events page for dates and details.
The fountains at the pool are particularly intriguing for toddlers, even if they're not going to swim, they can still have some refreshing fun.
I guess the fun is not only reserved for the kids!
The pool can be reserved for private parties, as we saw that evening, it's a great place to celebrate birthdays!
Actually, it's a great place for everything, including flying babies.
As the evening grows, it's time to sit down, relax, lose the hat, bask in the golden sunset, and enjoy the time of wine and roses.
Take a seat at the bar before dinner, the music is about to begin!
What goes better with pool parties than thin-crust wood-fired pizzas? Make sure you get the Pizza Funghi e Salsiccia with extra arugulas (rockets), at Pool Cafe they will make sure you get a handful of it!
After dinner, you can simply relax and giggle on the lounge chairs, or as the Coppolas would probably have it, play a match of bocce ball!
It was a lovely evening with the family, with music and food by the pool. After all, you know how the saying goes, a mom who doesn't spend time with the family can never be a real mom.
As the night falls, the festivities quiet down. But the lights come on and make you want to stay and reach for the stars.
Maybe next time. Arriverderci at Geyserville!
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