Glamping Resorts

Glamping Resorts

Go camping without any gear or hassles, and even take your dog! We especially liked Mendocino Grove. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/8549151-181/glamping-resorts-offer-all-the

Olives and the Specter of Experience

Olives and the Specter of Experience

As one passes the General Store and heads north along Dry Creek road toward Lake Sonoma grape vines carpet the valley floor and terrace the hills. Our climate which is so synonymous to the Mediterranean allows them to flourish and proliferate there. The richness of the soil, the long summer angles of the sun, the cool breath from passing creeks, these things flavor the grapes and sturdy the vines. Grapes have won the race to dominate the crop market and…

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Oyster Shucking

Oyster Shucking

Tomales Bay resides just South of Sonoma County’s coastal border. There, the summertime crowds line up in undulating throngs along its Eastern bank. They gather in the deep fog that forms between the Petaluma hills and the Point Reyes dairy farms and stay to be blistered in the noon day 90 degree temperatures which spill over the hilly spines of the long Sonoma and Petaluma valleys, drawn by the great heat suck of the Pacific Ocean. There isn’t a winery…

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Have You Met Luther?

Have You Met Luther?

The Luther Burbank Center for Arts is best known by locals for it’s world class Ruth Finley Person Theatre. Praised for its national and international touring performances ranging from shows such as Tony Bennet, Brain Candy, to the Moscow Ballet. With a range live comedy specials taped by HBO to some of the hottest television hits translated to the stage like Move Live on Tour, its no secret that the performers love her as much as we do! But did…

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Single Restaurant Decision – will it be Thread or Tree??

Single Restaurant Decision – will it be Thread or Tree??

There are two distinct restaurants in Healdsburg beginning with the word “Single.” They could not be at farther ends of the spectrum in style and in price. Singletree Café is a longtime Healdsburg breakfast and lunch destination. Their scrambles and early bird $2.99 breakfast special are legendary among locals. Food is fresh and borders on gourmet for a diner. Go there anytime and you will see someone you know. It is definitely a locals destination with an endless coffee cup…

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Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga

Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga

Many years ago I lived in Calistoga for a short time and I always admired the Indian Springs Resort. It is a historic property and was definitely in need of some TLC. A few years ago the property was renovated and many new accommodations were added along with a restaurant. In January we decided to stay there to celebrate my partner’s birthday. While the property is amazing and luxurious it lacks the pretention found at many of the other high…

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Santa Rosa Seafood

Santa Rosa Seafood

Whether you are a local or a visitor to the area looking for an awesome source of fresh fish, Santa Rosa Seafood is your spot. This family owned business offers a huge selection of both seafood and shellfish at competitive prices. You can get sushi grade fish, local crab and oysters, and a lot of specialty items when they are in season such as uni and mussels. Be sure to ask for a sample of the smoked salmon…. because once…

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The Emerald Cup

The Emerald Cup

Whether or not you partake of California’s “other” crop you may soon find yourself enjoying some of the country’s best marijuana when you visit us here. Plans for all kinds of marijuana tourism are in the works here, but just so you can educate yourselves in advance here are the winners of this past weekend’s Emerald Cup which attracted over 30.000 people to Santa Rosa. www.emeraldreport.com Held over two days at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds the event is the largest…

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Hana Japanese Restaurant

Hana Japanese Restaurant

I had been hearing about Hana for a long time…. and finally tried it recently. Set in a relatively nondescript shopping center, the decor once inside is welcoming with a large Sake bar area and nicely spaced tables as well as an active sushi bar. There were five of us at dinner and our waitress was warm and knowledgeable suggesting that we go “family style” and try lots of items. While not inexpensive this was definitely the way to go….

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Sonoma Nesting

Sonoma Nesting

lf you find yourself near Guerneville do not miss visiting the Sonoma Nesting Company. This shop has a beautifully curated collection of Antiques, Reinvented Furniture, Art and other reloved and restored objects. Owned by two Guerneville locals the shop is one of our favorite spots. There is always something new, and beautiful, to tempt one. In addition to all kinds of eclectic treasures they also specialize in original artisan-painted furniture. Whether elegant, intricate, rustic, or refined – even fun and…

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