Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

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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

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Entrance

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.

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Step upstairs

Guess who's taking the lead?

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Come with Me
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Dad and Kids
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Pool, Fountain and Cabins

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.

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Fountains at the Pool

I guess the fun is not only reserved for the kids!

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Mom and Daughter at the Pool
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Fountain and Pool

The pool can be reserved for private parties, as we saw that evening, it's a great place to celebrate birthdays!

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Pool Fun

Actually, it's a great place for everything, including flying babies.

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Kid Flying Over Pool
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Family Fun

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.

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Sunset at the Table
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Little Girl and the Hat
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Yellow Roses

Take a seat at the bar before dinner, the music is about to begin!

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Wine at the Bar
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Drum Set
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - The Band Musicians

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!

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Wood-fired Pizzas and Wine
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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!

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Family Fun by the Pool
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Bocce Ball Court

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.

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Family Fun

As the night falls, the festivities quiet down. But the lights come on and make you want to stay and reach for the stars.

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Pool Cafe in the Evening
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Reach for the Stars

Maybe next time. Arriverderci at Geyserville!

Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - The Pool at Night
Poolside Fun at Francis Ford Coppola Winery - Arriverderci

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Enjoy Summer and Travel On,

Melody xx