J’s birthday weekend

For J’s 30th birthday – which was last Thursday – I had planned a fun weekend away. J had no idea where we were going – I just put him in the car on Saturday morning and off we went. First, we headed to the coast where I had planned to have dinner at Tomales Bay. “Nick’s Cove” is a place we’ve been to together many times and it’s always special to have dinner sitting at the window overlooking the bay.

Nick's Cove

Tomales Bay

Tomales Bay

Nick's Cove

Nick's Cove

Nicks' Cove

Tuna Melt

I had a delicious tuna melt open-faced sandwich and J had clam chowder and crab mac & cheese. So, so good!
It was a beautiful day, albeit a bit windy. Don’t mind my crazy hair!

Tomales Bay

Nick's Cove

After our (early) dinner, we headed back inland to our hotel in Santa Rosa. I almost hadn’t found a place to stay for my big birthday surprise, because Wine Country is pretty popular around this time of year. However, the “Sandman Inn” had an affordable room available and I can definitely recommend it. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a non-chain type of place and it’s definitely not the most fanciest of places, but it most certainly is a big step up from a Motel 6. So, there.

At 7 p.m. we got some coffee at a local Peet’s and then headed to Sonoma State University (in Rohnert Park) to see Bill Maher! Weeeeee!

Bill Maher @ Sonoma State

J hadn’t had any idea about this until I presented the tickets to him at dinner. I had bought the tickets way back in May when they first became available and we had seats in the second row from the stage. So awesome!

Bill Maher @ Sonoma State

Unfortunately, it was not allowed to take any pictures during the performance, but rest assured that it was totally hilarious and absolutely worth it! J loved it and the surprise was a great success!

Are you a fan of birthday surprises? What did you do last weekend?


  1. What a great birthday surprise! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  2. Birthday surprises are the ONLY surprises I like. I general, I really dislike surprises, but I make an exception for birthdays!!

    Happy 30ths to J! It sounds like such a fun weekend! And what a beautiful area!!

  3. What a fabulous surprise! My weekend was not nearly as much fun! I am planning my own birthday party in November!

  4. You plan the best getaway weekends!

  5. what a great birthday surprise :-) nick’s cove is always great ! sounds like you guys had a wonderful weekend…

  6. You’re such an awesome wifey to J! :) That looks like a lot of fun! You’re making me miss California….I need to go there again soon.

  7. Nice surprise get-away! Congrats J! 30 isn’t all that scary. ;-)

  8. That sounds like a great weekend! I love the coast in that area; its so beautiful! I am not a fan of surprises, since half of the fun for me is the planning of things!

  9. You’re so sweet! Sounds like a wonderful adventure and I’m still so jealous you got to see Bill Maher!

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