In October when we ran into Noel and another couple at Donum, we talked about getting together for dinner in Santa Cruz. After we both worked out in the morning and I dropped Tiber at Best Friends, we rolled from Carmichael at 12:40 pm. It took us 2 hours and 40 minutes to get Santa Cruz (80 to 680 to 280 to 17).
We are spending one night at the Paradox Hotel on Marriott points. This is an old Holiday Inn converted to a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. After we got settled in the room, we had a drink in the bar. The lobby, bar and restaurant of the hotel are nicely remodeled.
We took off for Mike and Laura's house in Scotts Valley just before 5 pm. The evening was planned around tasting a number of Pinot Noirs. Sharon brought two bottles that she purchased on her trip to France with Janie in 2015. Noel contributed an Evening Land Pinot Noir from Oregon and a Brewer-Chifton from the Santa Rita Hills.
The group included Noel and his girlfriend May, Mike and Laura and Sharon and I. We had a very nice late dinner of mushroom soup, salmon, duck and asparagus. It was a late night; it was after 11:30 pm by the we wandered back to the hotel and crashed.