Carnival Sunday Fun Day

Just got back from a Carnival Sunday Fun Day Party. About 1,000 simultaneous House Parties, all around the country, to celebrate Carnival Cruise Line. Pretty good marketing, if you ask me.

Anyway, the one I went to was hosted by a friend in San Diego, who decided to have her party at the Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo. The party was good, got to talk to some people I know, and meet a few that I have only known online, and some that I didn't know at all before today. It was pretty much what you would expect - some balloons, some streamers, some trinkets from Carnival, etc.

But the brilliant host made a great decision in having her "house party" at the winery. It was a very cool place. First off, I gotta tell you, since I don't drink, I don't spend a lot of time in wineries. I have been to a few when I was working up in the Napa area, but the ones I went to were pretty much a tasting room and a bunch of grape vines.

The Bernardo Winery (the oldest operating winery in San Diego County), on the other hand has a whole little area called The Village Shops, consisting of shops and boutiques, a cafe, a bakery, a coffee house, a jewelry store, etc. It was very cool. I got there a little early and just walked around, poked my head in a few of the shops, and thought - what a great place to spend a lazy weekend day. A little breakfast at the cafe, a little browsing in the shops, try out some new wines(for those who like that sort of thing, the rest of us can get a good cup of coffee), and to top it off, listen to some music. Just as our party was winding down they had a jazz band starting up. Apparently something they do every Sunday in the warmer months.

They also have an area for weddings, receptions, and private parties of all sorts.

So, if you live within 100 miles or so of Rancho Bernardo, and are looking for something fun, interesting and close by - Go check it out!

The winery is located at: 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego CA 92128.

or check them out online at http://www.bernardowinery.com/default.aspx

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