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Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

February 22 to 28 will be the first-ever Sonoma County Restaurant Week! This will be a seven day celebration of our county’s farm fresh food and premiere wine. You are invited to taste a three-course dinner menus at $19, $29, or $39, depending on the restaurant. What a deal! This is a wonderful opportunity to taste the amazing creations of chefs, and to support local farmers!

We encourage you to come and visit Sonoma County and enjoy the food and not just the wine. There are a number of wonderful restaurants participating in this event, and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on Sonoma County’s most delicious week of the year! You can find a list of the restaurants here.

So come and book a vacation home with us and enjoy what Sonoma County has to offer! This is a perfect chance for all the food lovers and food bloggers to try different restaurants out here for a very affordable price. Hear from you soon!

Bakers Dozen 2010

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Starting from January 22nd, the annual “Bakers Dozen” exhibit will be featuring art work from 13 northern California artists at The Quicksilver Mine Co. This show will open on January 23rd with an artist reception from 4:00PM-6:00PM, and this exhibit will last till February 28th! This year’s Bakers Dozen features work by 13 mixed media collage artists- Susan Stover, Lois Stopple, Armando Ramos, Sherry Parker, Harley, Micah Schwaberow, Deborah Salomon, Chiyomi Taneike Longo, Louise Forbush, Cecily Axt, Cynthia Granados, Jenny Honnert Abell, and Kirk Hinshaw. If you’ll be in the area during these days, we encourage you to stop by and take a look at the beautiful work of all these artists!

The Quicksilver Mine Co. is located at 6671 Front Street in Downtown Forestville. If you’d like to stay for the weekend, we have a few vacation homes that are located in the Forestville area such as Zen Breezes, Le Petite Soleil, and in Guerneville, Forest House (Waldhaus) at the Russian River.

For more information about this event, please visit The Quicksilver Mine Co..

Four More Days Till Winter Wineland!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Winter Wineland is just around the corner! The 18th Annual Winter Wineland is a very fun two day event where you will have the opportunity to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines and this event will take place on January 16 and January 17 from 11:00AM-4:00PM!

There will be some wineries that will offer food pairings and some wineries will have tours on these two days. This event will push through, come rain or shine, so we encourage you to book a vacation home with us if you will be attending this event!

There are a lot of fabulous wineries that will be participating in this fun event! For more information, please visit Russian River Wine Road to view ticket information, and for rules and regulations regarding this event. It is important that you have a responsible designated driver if you are going to join Winter Wineland. Please have fun but be safe and responsible.

Have fun and be safe! See you there!

Sunday at the Museum

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Did you know that Charles M. Schulz grew up in Sonoma County? In fact, there’s a Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa that people all over the world visit every single year! On January 17, 2010, there will be an event called Sunday at the Museum where you can enjoy pancakes at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, sponsored by the Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club. There will be a lot of activities for kids, games, and hot chocolate! Please call (707) 579-4452 for more information.

If you’d like to spend the weekend in wine country, we have a few vacation homes available on that weekend in Santa Rosa! This will be a very fun event that you and your kids will love. Who doesn’t love Peanuts and Snoopy, right?

Press Democrat Article – Party gone Wrong

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Jan. 12 — Article in Press Democrat sensationalizing results of a party of teens and young 20’s gone wrong –  I just want to comment, being a vacation rental management and company owner.  There is  lot in the news lately about vacation rentals and the press hasn’t been too kind about the subject.  This event is a perfect vehicle to further sensationalize and continue negative reporting about the hazards of vacation rental.  You may have read it — an unauthorized rave was held with an LA DJ at a rural location where several hundred people were invited and attended.  The article says about 80 people were dancing on the deck when it collapsed.  The article also says there was drugs and alcohol.

A couple of things here:

1.  I personally know the owner of the vacation rental company to be an honest, fair and trustworthy person who would never authorize such a thing;

2.  80 people on a deck, any residential use deck, is dangerous, let alone when there’s shaking, dancing, etc.  It’s common sense.

3.  The use on this property was illeagal and unauthorized – why is this anyone’s responsibility except for the renter?

4.  This is exactly why, when the public, as interested renters, has to go through screening, security deposits, strict contracts, etc. and why we as an organization have developed a code of conduct when renting vacation rentals (see earlier blog).  It’s unfortunate the few make the many pay — that’s the story of our legal system, though.

5.  What the public never hears about are the tens of thousands of rentals that do go off without complaint, damage, neighbor nuisance.  Believe me, there is that number every year of rentals and most are just friends and family wanting to get away, attend a wedding, visit and relax.   As this industry helps support the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau with significant tax contributions (20% of the budget), and drives people to local business such as shops, restaurants, parks and more, you would think the news might be more positive.  But that’s not headlines these days!

Anthony Bourdain In Sonoma County!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

On January 13th at 8:00PM, Chef, author, and tv host, Anthony Bourdain, will be at the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts in Santa Rosa!

Anthony Bourdain is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He is also a 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, and has been the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York for many years. Currently, he has a very popular show on the Travel Channel called, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. In this show, Bourdain travels to different cities around the world and he gets immersed in the food and culture as much as he can, and he always finds a local food expert or food blogger to help him find all the good places to eat at. This is a show that is very familiar to most food bloggers and food lovers out there!

Tickets for this show are almost sold out. Please visit the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts for ticket information, and if you’d like to find a place to stay for that weekend, please take a look at our vacation homes if you’d like to stay in wine country. Feel free to give us a call and we’d love to help you for recommendations on restaurants and wineries around the area.

Hear from you soon!

Zoetrope: All-Story Release Party at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

This Sunday, January 10th, from 1:00PM-4:00PM, will be the winter release of Francis Coppola’s award-winning literary and art magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. The edition includes new stories from Elizabeth McCracken, Stuart Dybek, Ingo Schulze, and Austin Bunn, as well as a classic reprint from Ernest Hemingway, and designed by actor Jason Schwartzman.

Guests will enjoy a live reading from the issue and wine specials, and admission is $10 a person, and $7 for members.

This will be a wonderful event you wouldn’t want to miss! We encourage you to visit Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale and book one of our vacation homes as we still have a few that are available for this weekend!

For more information, please visit Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

Weekend Along the Farm Trails

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails,  Open Farms welcome the public Saturday Sept 26 and Sunday Sept. 27 from 10-5.  Dozens of local farmers and artisan producers throughout Sonoma County from Healdsburg to Petaluma will open their doors to tell the behind the scenes story of local food during Weekend Along the Farm Trails.  Tours, Artisan foods, hands-on activities, cooking, pick your own, demonstrations, music and harvest.  From Hayrides to cheese-making — Farm Trails offers a chance to experience Sonoma County’s agricultural heritage.  Learn how and where the food is grown, and meet those who produce it.  Admission is free to most farms.  Tour info and map available on www.farmtrails.org or visit Farm Trails FACEBOOK page for tales from the farms.  707-837-8896.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Monday, July 27th, 2009

IT’S JUST OVER A WEEK AWAY!
Locals Summer Jam, August 2
The biggest summer jazz benefit in Healdsburg is coming up faster than double-time tempo. It’s the LOCALS SUMMER JAM, an afternoon of tasty barbecue, good company and great music at a private garden in Dry Creek Valley. Save the date: Sunday, August 2 from 3 – 7 pm More on our website

Just added: Noam Lemish, an incredibly gifted pianist and composer who will surely become an international name in a few short years, has just agreed to join us.

And it’s for a good cause — the Music in the Schools program, one of the cornerstones of the our mission. As Healdsburg High School’s music director Randy Masselink said about one aspect of the program, the Oaktown Jazz Workshops “become highlights of the school year. These are experiences that really stick with the kids and mean something to them.”

And Elizabeth Haze Vega, Healdsburg teacher, author and musician, likewise sings the praises of the festival’s educational mission. “I recognize that this wonderful program is unique to our town and is one of the finest cultural gifts Healdsburg offers to her children.”

Since 1999, our Music Education Programs have touched thousands of area school children, from elementary to high school — and beyond. As education budgets are cut it’s ever more important for generous people to step forward and share your support for our children’s education. More on our website

As long as you agree with that — let’s have some fun doing it! Gather together at the Fagan home in Dry Creek to absorb the beauty of this charming location, hear the best musicians our talented community can offer, and join like-minded music fans knowing every note you hear goes to support jazz education in our schools.

Just look at this lineup!
The lineup of local talent who will share the stage on Sunday, Aug. 2 just got better, as Noam Lemish has found time to participate before his departure for Bhutan. He’ll join our previously announced musicians Shea Breaux Wells (vocals), Susan Sutton (piano), Bill Fouty (bass), Lee Charlton (drums) Gary Johnson (saxes and flute), and, at last count, four jazz guitarists: Carl Vast, Christian Foley-Beining, David Howard, and Healdsburg High’s own Kai Devitt-Lee.

Tickets are available at this web page – but there’s a limited number available. Please, do your kids a favor and give your community the gift of music by supporting the Healdsburg Jazz Festival’s LOCALS SUMMER JAM!

Upcoming August Highlights
Palette Art Café: Next Thursday, July 30, be sure to catch the Randy Vincent Quartet from 7 to 10 pm. The following Thursday, Aug. 6 brings us an amazing trio from New York, featuring bassist Essiet Essiet. And later in the month, Aug. 20 marks the return of Walter Savage, a veteran of our Education Program in years past, now living in Arkansas. He’ll come back to town on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Palette with a full quartet playing music from his two new CDs.

Don’t forget the Palette’s new Sunday Brunch menu, with Healdsburg’s teen talent, guitarist Kai Devitt-Lee (read more about Kai here), every Sunday this month from 11:30 am – 2 pm. And check out our website for more events at Palette Art Café.

Hotel Healdsburg Lobby: A full menu of local combos plays every Friday and Saturday nights at HH’s Lobby & Bar, from 7:30 – 11 pm. Some highlights: The Terry Henry Trio Aug. 1, Stephanie Ozer and Chuck Metcalf Aug. 7, and (what’s this?) Walter Savage Trio in the Lobby on Saturday, Aug. 8. Visit the website for more music at the Hotel Healdsburg Lobby.

Murphy-Goode Tasting Room: There’s no better way to greet the weekend (and say goodbye to your workweek!) than to sit in the sun at Murphy-Goode and listen to jazz. From 5 pm to about 7:30, ease into it with the Tyler Blanton Trio (July 31) the Sylvia Cuenca Trio (Aug. 7) and — now here’s a familiar name — the Walter Savage Quartet (Aug. 14). Visit the website for more info at the Murphy-Goode Tasting Room.

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The Vineman

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

About 2,000 athletes participated in the Vineman, which included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run last weekend July 19, 2009

It was an extremely warm day, with runners talking about being ‘cooked’, and marred by a falling oak tree which injured some cyclists.  The event is huge, drawing participants from all areas of the state and country.  For entry form and info, see:  http://www.vineman.com/Assets/Entry+Forms/2009+70.3+Entry+Form.pdf

For those interested in the course, please see below, and if you need lodging for next year, please see www.SonomaCountyVacations.com for some great choices.

Race Course

Swim Course Details:

The Vineman Ironman 70.3 swim is staged at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, California. The swim takes place in the Russian River. Groups of 75-150 swimmers at a time will start in 8 minute intervals beginning at 6:30 A.M. Water temperatures should be between 72 and 74 degrees; wetsuits will be allowed as this falls within USA Triathlon guidelines.

The swim course is an out & back course which starts in front of the dam at Johnson’s Beach and proceeds upstream stream to the turn-around point. Swimmers will keep the swim buoys on their left-hand side for the entire swim. A neutral area, which is marked with buoys, where there are no swimmers will separate the swimmers on the outbound and return legs of the swim. The swim course, which averages between 4 and 7 feet in depth, will be monitored by lifeguards in kayaks. The swim course will remain open for one hour and 15 minutes after the last wave of swimmers begins. Click here for the course map.

Between the Russian River being dammed in a number of locations near Guerneville and the fact that it almost never rains in Sonoma County between June 1st and October 15th, there is very little current in the river during this time period. Under typical conditions, a 25-minute mile swimmer should expect it to take about one minute longer to make it to the turn-around point (swimming against the stream) than it would to return back to the swim finish from the turn-around (swimming with the current.)

The dam at Johnson’s Beach is a seasonal dam which is up only in the summer months. The dam is scheduled to be in place by June 20th and will remain in the river until after Labor Day.

Johnson’s Beach has been a favorite summertime spot in Sonoma County for decades. The beauty of the redwoods which line the banks of the Russian River, the serenity of the flowing river, and the down-to-earth people who run Johnson’s Beach and Resort make it a truly special place. The concession stand at Johnson’s Beach is open daily and is famous for its giant draft beers and its fresh grilled hamburgers.

Bike Course Details:

The bike portion of the Vineman Ironman 70.3 is simply a great course. It is challenging, but not too difficult. Its many rolling hills and curves are technically demanding. It has 1600 feet of climbing, a 385 foot climb on Chalk Hill, which is enough of a challenge because of the location. Its comes at 45 miles into the ride to keep you honest in your training and rave pacing. But most of all the course is extremely beautiful, passing endless miles of vineyards and dozens of wineries.

The bike begins at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville and finishes at Windsor High School (approximately 15 miles away from its starting point). Aid stations are located at mile 18, 29, 40 and will be serving water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and PowerBars. NOTE: Gatorade Endurance Formula contains a unique five-electrolyte blend including nearly twice the sodium (200mg) and three times the potassium (90mg) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher as well as calcium, magnesium, and chloride to help you better replace what you lose in sweat during longer and more intense active occasions.

The gently rolling hills are challenging, but not overwhelming. The roads are lightly traveled and will be intensely marshaled by USAT officials.

Air temperatures generally range from the low-to-mid 50s early in the morning to daytime highs between 80 and 95 degrees.

Bike Course Turn by Turn Description:

Click here for the course map

Cyclists leave Guerneville on River Road heading east (toward Highway 101) and proceed 5 miles to Sunset Avenue
– RIGHT on to Sunset & underneath River Road
– RIGHT on to Westside Road
– LEFT on to Kinley Road
– LEFT on to Dry Creek Road
– RIGHT on to Canyon Road
– RIGHT on to CA 128 into Geyserville
– LEFT to stay on CA 128 in Geyserville
– RIGHT on to Chalk Hill Road
– LEFT on to Pleasant Road which turns into Faught Road
– RIGHT on to Shiloh Rd
– LEFT on to Old Redwood HWY
– RIGHT on to Fulton Rd
– RIGHT on to Airpoort Boulevard
– RIGHT on to Skylane Boulevard
– LEFT on to Shiloh Road
– RIGHT on to Windsor Road to Windsor High School
Cyclists will TURN LEFT to enter the south parking lot at Windsor High School to finish the bike portion of the event. The transition area will be located on the grassy field behind the school.

Run Course Details:

The Vineman Ironman 70.3 13.1 mile run course starts and finishes at Windsor High School. Aid stations are located approximately each mile on the run course and will be serving: Gatorade Endurance Formula, water, cola, PowerBar Gel, assorted fruit, & cookies

The run course starts at Windsor High School and takes athletes to the La Crema Winery on an out and back course. The run course will be open for eight hours after the last wave of swimmers begins.

Run Course Turn by Turn Directions:

This is an out and back course. The run will start behind Windsor High School and exit the school at the south entrance turning:
RIGHT on Windsor Rd.
RIGHT on Reiman Rd.
LEFT on Starr Road
LEFT on to Markwest Station Road
RIGHT on to Slusser Road
LEFT on to Laughlin Road which you will follow to the entrance of the La Crema Winery where you will enter the La Crema winery and complete a loop on their property. From this point the runners will follow the same course back to the High School. The finish line is located behind the school on the large grassy field.
The swim takes place in the Russian River, the • A falling oak tree injured three riders, including one man who broke his back, delaying the race for at least 15 minutes.
• Some areas of Sonoma County topped 100 degrees Sunday. One participant said of the final leg: “The run just cooked you.”