So, I would imagine that Francis Ford Coppola's Alexander Valley winery, which has debuted an outdoor pool - surrounded by rentable "cabines," or European-style changing rooms - is like a Disneyland for adults. The park, which sits amid the operation's sustainably farmed vineyards, offers 3,600 feet of swimming space for families. Of course, dining, bocce and winery tours (naturally) are natural punctuation to a day of swimming.
Coppola's vineyards, one of the first to adopt green practices, have been at it for more than 30 years. The property's 24 acres adhere to the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program guidelines, while a long, long list of operational practices support eco-friendly efforts. (Think: a closed-loop waste system that recycles composted grape pomace as fertilizer and reclaimed winery waste water for irrigation.)
So, all of this begs the question... do you start with Disney and recover at Coppola? Or prep for animated anxiety with a day-long chill session? Either way, let's agree that any west coast family trip requires balancing both.
And, as long as you're heading to the wine region, why not check out some of the other sustainable establishments dedicated to our favorite elixir? I've just got my hands on a fabulous book that explores several of the area's greenest wineries. It's on my reading list; can't wait to share it with you soon!