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Gateway To Passport and Passport To Dry Creek Valley

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Guess what? Passport to Dry Creek Valley is just 2 months away, and tickets are on sale now! This fun event will take place on April 23, 24, and 25. We greatly encourage you to stay in one of our vacation homes since this will be a three day event. We’d also like to remind you to have a designated driver for all three days- have fun but be safe!

We have a few homes right in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, such as Villa Ariadna, Valley Oak, Stillerus, Retreat At Dry Creek Valley, Picnic Cottage, and Redwood Cottage. How convenient is that?

You can also take a look at Felta Lodge, Twin Oak.

Tickets sell real fast, so buy them right now!

Visit the Jimtown Store

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

If you’re in wine country, you definitely have to visit the Jimtown Store! The Jimtown Store is located right in the heart of Alexander Valley; it has been a landmark since 1895- it served as the general store, post office and meeting place for residents of the valley.

The Jimtown Store is definitely hard to miss with its yellow exterior and the big red truck parked right outside. The store serves extremely delicious comfort food such as pulled pork sandwich, chain gang chili, mom’s potato salad, smoked albacore tuna sandwich, brie and chopped olive sandwich, and a lot more. All of their food is made fresh daily, making everything even yummier! They also have a lot of amazing treats you just have to try such as their homemade energy bars and chocolate pudding!

You will definitely love the Jimtown Store as soon as you step in the door. They have a lot of toys, candy, and treats from back then. Everyone that works here is so friendly and accommodating, and during the summer, you can stay at their patio area and enjoy the sun or sit under the grapevine!

We actually have a vacation home right next to the Jimtown Store called the Jimtown House. It’s a large yet cozy home with beautiful interiors, perfect for a few people! Give us a call if you’re interested in booking this for the upcoming Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival, Sonoma County Restaurant Week, or Barrel Tasting!

They will also have a Jimtown Store Valentine Dinner on February 14th at 6:30PM. This will be a six course dinner paired with Mercury Wine. For the full menu and for reservations, you may contact the Jimtown Store here.

In the meantime, enjoy and have a ham and brie sandwich for us!

Enjoy 18th Century Music In Occidental

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Tomorrow, January 23rd at 8:00PM, the Redwood Arts Council will present Ecole Royale at the Occidental Community Church. This will be a wonderful evening of music from a revolutionary time in history. Occidental Community Church is located in 2nd and Church Street in Occidental.

If you’d like to have dinner before watching the performance, we encourage you to visit Bistro Des Copains, a very cozy restaurant right in the heart of Occidental. Their food is inspired by the local flavors of Provence- food that you will want to keep coming back for.

We have a few beautiful vacation homes relatively close to Occidental, so come stay with us this weekend and enjoy wine country! Look forward to hearing from you soon!

Watch A Play At The Raven Theater

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

On January 22 & 23, Friday and Saturday, Raven Players present 2 by 5 – Chicago & Cabareat the Raven Theatre. A musical revue featuring Chicago and Cabaret, the best of music from two great shows! 2 by 5 will have the ever popular music of Cabaret and Chicago. Opening night gala is Friday, January 22, with additional performances January 23, 28, 29, 30, 31. They will also have performances on February 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21.

Cast (in alphabetical order) includes John Ballachey, Jarrett Battenburg, Hallie Beacham, Christina Cease, Diane Dearmore, Paul Downey, Denise Elia, Sherri Guinn, Emily Hough, Tika Moon, Melinda Murray, John Rathjen, Tory Rotlesberger, and Dana Scott. Directed by Joe Gellura.

You can get your tickets online at 707-433-6335 or at Copperfield Books in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Sebastopol. See you there!

A Few Tips To Help Make Someone’s Day

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

We come across a lot of people every single day that do things for us without us even knowing it, and through this blog entry, we’d like to give you a few helpful tips to help make things easier for everyone! These are small things that we overlook, yet these small things can actually help someone out tremendously!

Dining Out

  • If you like to eat out with friends and you want to pay separately at the end of the meal, it would be a lot easier and more convenient for your server if you request separate checks at the beginning of the meal. It’s easier to make separate bills/checks before taking orders than afterwards.
  • Don’t take the merchant copy.
  • Be specific about how you want your food cooked so nothing goes to waste.

Garbage and Recyling Collectors

  • Be careful not to overload containers. It’s very time consuming for garbage collectors to get out of the truck and pick up garbage that’s left beside the garbage cans.
  • Never mix garbage with recyclables. Doing this can be illegal, and it takes a lot of time for workers, costing the city a lot of money.
  • For pet owners, make sure to dispose your pet’s litter properly. Sometimes, people put in a bag hidden inside another bag, and when blade of the machine scoops up trash, it often breaks the hidden bags, spraying the litter everywhere.


  • Make sure not to pour liquids down the sink and not in your office trash bin. Leaving coffee, water, juice, soda in the cup and disposing it right away in your trash can can cause a big spill when it’s time to take the trash out. Usually, this spills on the carpet or on equipment, costing money.
  • Make sure to identify what is trash and what’s not. People who clean the office aren’t allowed to remove anything unless it’s marked as trash.

Letters and Newspapers Carriers

  • Make sure not to block your newspaper tube or mailbox, especially on garbage day.
  • Make sure your pets are in a safe and secure place because even the friendliest dogs may have the tendency to go after the person who delivers your mail.
  • Clear the pathway to your house to prevent anyone from tripping.

Remember, a sincere smile can make anyone’s day! Stay happy!

Friendly Reminders For Winter Wineland

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Winter Wineland will be held this weekend, January 16 & 17, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on both days. We’d like to give you a few reminders when you join this event.


•Be prepared to show your photo I.D. at all times. Remember, no I.D. = no admittance.

•You need to show your wristband at each winery you visit to let the staff of Winter Wineland know that you’ve checked-in.

•Keep your wristband at the end of Saturday. You will need to keep your wristband on for both days.

•If you break your glass they’ll gladly replace it, but if you lose or forget your glass it will be $5.00.

•Remember that all the Wine Road events are for adults only… NO ONE under the age of 21 is allowed to attend Winter Wineland – no babies or children of any age.

•Please be reminded  not to bring dogs to Winter Wineland. Some wineries welcome dogs on NON-EVENT days.

•Each person in your party will need to be present when checking in, so the winery can check ID’s and attach wristbands to each attendee.

•Anyone that purchases a Sunday Only ticket will need to check in on Sunday…and everyone in the party will need to be present to have their wristband attached and ID checked.

•Participating wineries will stop pouring at 4:00 on event weekends, even if their normal tasting hours are later.


Winter Wineland will push through, come rain or shine. We are expecting rain on both days, so be careful driving, and remember that you need a designated driver at all times for both days. Have fun and be safe!

Tips For Replacing A Torn Window Screen

Monday, January 11th, 2010

If you’re starting the new year with doing a few projects on improving your home, we have a few tips for you on how to take care of your window screen! This is a perfect blog entry for those who live in wine country since your homes have window screens- an essential during hot summer days! This is a relatively easy project that would cost $80 for a professional to do it for you. To get started with this project, you will need scissors, a utility knife, spline, a flathead screwdriver, mesh-screening material, and a spline rolling tool.

1. Once you have all your tools, slowly remove the screen on its frame from the window. This should be relatively easy as the screen usually pops out. Place it on a flat surface and use your flathead screwdriver to pry off the strip of rubber or plastic that holds the screen in the frame.

2. Then, get the new mesh that you have and align it on top of the frame. Make sure you keep the grid straight to make it look neat. Get your scissors and cup the replacement screen to the size of the outer edge of the frame. Carefully cut a small square from each corner- approximately the width of the frame- to prevent the material from bunching where the edges meet.

3. Then, starting in one corner and working your way up on one side, push the screen into the channel with the convex end of the spline rolling tool. The goal is to achieve a slight indentation- there is no need to jam it in.

4. Insert the spline before moving on to another side. Use the concave end of the spline rolling tool to push the cord into the channel over the top of the screen; hold the screen as you go so it doesn’t bunch. Once you’re done, simply repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining sides.

5. Afterwards, push the spline into the corners with a screwdriver. Cut the spline overhang with scissors. Use a utilitiy knight to trim the excess screen around the frame.

See, now wasn’t that easy? We hope these tips from DIY Home will be of great help for your window screens. If you need help with other repairs for your home, please feel free to contact us and we’d gladly be of assistance!

Have a wonderful week!

Come To Healdsburg This Weekend For An Early Christmas Treat

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

The Healdsburg Plaza is going to be filled with a lot of fun surprises for you and your family this coming weekend! This Saturday, December 12, is “Santa Saturday in the Plaza”! Downtown Healdsburg merchants will be having tons of fun activities for you and your kids, and we encourage you to come up and spend the weekend here!

Santa Claus will be at the event from noon to 3:00PM. There will be a lot of exciting activities for everyone to enjoy- fairy dust face painting, cookie decorating, children’s holiday reading, Healdsburg brass quintet, and even complimentary carriage rides!

For more information on the event, please visit and please feel free to give us a call if you’d like to spend the weekend here in oneo fo our vacation homes!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Precautions For Bay Area Cold Spell

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

It’s freezing in Healdsburg! It has even snowed in the East Bay! Bay Area residents are urged to take precautionary measures for the arctic blast we have been experiencing for a few days now.

For pet owners, it is best to keep your four-legged friends indoors. Pets are susceptible to hypothermia despite their thick coats- and you may have noticed a slight change in their routine or behavior ever since the cold spell. Please have a safe and warm place for your pets to stay in during these times. Get out those extra towels and blankets for your pets as they definitely need them during these below freezing temperatures. Also make sure their beds are away from doors with drafts and not on the floor.

We urge you to take extra precaution when driving. When driving, s low down and give yourself extra space in between cars. It would also help to give yourself extra time to get to your destination. You also need to be on the look out for black ice as it may form on the roads. Fog and rain are expected in the next few days, and it is required that you turn on your headlights and windshield wipers during this time.

Motorists are also encouraged to bang the hoods of their cars before starting their engines as some critters may take shelter

At home, it is best to avoid water pipe breaks by insulating all exposed swimming pools, outdoor pipes, sprinkler systems and swimming pools using old blankets and towels. For pipes that have actually frozen already, you may use your blow dryer and switch it to its lowest setting.

Bundle up and stay warm!

It’s Good To Be Prepared

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

We shouldn’t forget that we live in earthquake country, and it is better to be prepared when that time comes. We have a a simple guideline here that we’d like to share with you.

1. Develop and practice a family disaster plan – It’s best to gather the people you come in contact with everyday to sit down and come up with a good evacuation plan. Make sure to have extra clothing in your car, a blanket, a flashlight, and a gallon of water. ALso make sure to keep your gas tank half full at all times.

2. Store ample drinking water – Have at least a 3-5 day supply of water. Remember, a gallon a day per person.

3. Food and household goods – Have a week’s worth of non-perishable foods for every person in a dry, cool, and dark area. Keep in mind that you need to include baby formula, plates, utensils, hand held can opener, batteries, and hand crank operated radio. Be sure to have food for your pets as well!

4. First aid supplies and medicine – Make sure you are educated in first aid & CPR. For classes, check your local fire department for more information. You may build your own first aid kits for your home, car, school, and work and carry extra prescriptions. For Healdsburg residents and visitors, you may call the Healdsburg Fire Department at 431-3360 for class offerings.

5. Be aware, be involved – Share this information with your loved ones, friends, and colleagues and spread the word about being prepared for emergencies and natural disasters.

Be well, be safe, and be happy!