Healdsburg Jazz Festival 5/31-6/9

April 10th, 2013

Tickets Now On Sale! Sonoma County’s “wine country” again becomes “jazz country” when the 15th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival takes rolls into town, from May 31 – June 9, 2013 at indoor and outdoor venues around Healdsburg.

The 2013 festival lineup includes a two-day tribute to jazz bassist CHARLIE HADEN, with CARLA BLEY, RAVI COLTRANE and more, plus other headline concerts by CHARLES LLOYD with JASON MORAN, and the FRED HERSCH TRIO.

Other featured artists appearing on our stages include LEE KONITZ, JOHN HEARD, BILL FRISELL, and more. Complete schedule here.

We’re also pleased to welcome SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® to the list of artists in performance at Festival 2013. The all-women a cappella group celebrates their 40th year on June 9 with a stirring concert of gospel, blues, uplift and world music – it all adds up to Healdsburg Jazz! See press release here. http://www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org

Looking For Something Fun To Do In Healdsburg?

August 24th, 2010

Why not try experiencing wine country on a segway? We’ve seen a lot of people getting more and more into segways now that summer is officially here, and I must say, they all looked like they were having a wonderful time. Although we haven’t tried it yet (but we will pretty soon when work isn’t way too busy), we’ll let you know how it goes and maybe post photos as well!

So visit Segway of Healdsburg’s website and check it out. It’s something very different, and if you want to experience wine country in a new way, it wouldn’t hurt to try it, right? Don’t forget to wear protective gear!

Grape To Glass Weekend!

August 17th, 2010

Just a few more days till Grape To Glass weekend. On August 20, 21, and 22, the Russian River Valley Winegrowers will be celebrating its 15th annual Grape to Glass weekend. This will be 3 whole days filled with fun activities, so if you’re going to be in wine country this weekend, this might be something you’d want to look in to!

There will be concerts, photo contests, and also activities such as kayaking! So there’s a lot of things to do other than just wine tasting. For more information, please visit the Russian River Valley Winegrowers website. Have fun and taste responsibly!

A Hidden Gem In Healdsburg

August 13th, 2010

One of my favorite stores in Healdsburg is The Gardener. The Gardener is located at 516 Dry Creek Road, near three of our vacation homes: Villa Ariadna, Dry Creek Sunset , and Healdsburg Creekside Vineyard Estate. It’s a wonderful store filled with so many great things for your garden and home.

The Gardener sells unique plants, pots, furniture, books, glassware- just a lot of little treasures for your home! You need to spend at least an hour in this wonderful store because there are just so many things to marvel at! We highly encourage you to visit this amazing store when you’re in town. You’ll definitely fall in love with The Gardener, and I’m sure you’ll come out of there with lots of goodies to bring home with you! Have fun!

Endless Events For The Month Of August!

August 10th, 2010

There are so many reasons to visit Healdsburg this month. Aside from the amazing farmers market and Tuesdays in the Plaza concert series which is absolutely fun to go to, check out these events and see if you’d like to attend any while you’re here in Healdsburg!

August 10, Healdsburg Certified Farmers’ Market & Tuesdays in the Plaza Concert Series, The Healdsburg Certified Farmers’ Market’s New Location is 1 block northwest of the Plaza at Vine and North Streets (in the Purity Lot), open 4 pm – 6:30 pm, Concerts are 6 pm – 8 pm in the Downtown Plaza. Performing: Zydeco Flames – Zydeco

August 13 & 14, Raven Players present: RENT, at Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street, Healdsburg. RENT is a Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical that changed the face of Broadway during its run from 1996-2008. A modern re-telling of Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera La boheme, it tells a story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS. This is a landmark rock musical with an amazing local Sonoma County cast! Show opens Aug 13, 2010 at the historic Raven Theater in gorgeous and hip downtown Healdsburg, CA. Music & lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Directed by Justin Pyne.

August 14, Quivira Pig Roast, Join us in our Garden for an evening of wine, food and the blues. We’ll be roasting a whole pig, as well as eating other BBQ fixins prepared by Zin Restaurant. Event space is limited to 75 people, and the cost is $95.00 per person. We start at 4:00 pm and we hope to see you there.

August 14, Dog Days of Summer, at Mutt Lynch Winery, 602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg. Come humans, come dogs, come all! Join us for our Dog Days of Summer Open House on Saturday August 14 to benefit the San Francisco SPCA. 2 and 4 legged guests should come prepared for a doggone good time featuring – New Release Wine Tasting, Hound Lounge, Yapps & Apps, Live Music, Unveiling of 2008 Rusty Muttitage, Dog Art, Benefit Event. At our winery at 602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, Saturday, August 14, from 11am to 5pm. $10 admission, dogs welcome for free! 100% of admission receipts and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the shelter.

August 14, The Art of Wood Fired Cooking Class & Cookbook Signing, at Lambert Bridge Winery, 4085 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Lambert Bridge is proud to host Andrea Mugnaini’s new cookbook release classes for The Art of Wood Fired Cooking! This long awaited cookbook is filled with step by step instructions, recipes from appetizers to desserts and all captured with beautiful photography. This class is geared towards non-oven owners as well as first time users. If you are wondering about the potential of a wood fired oven for your home then this is the class for you. Watch Andrea cook and you will experience how high heat and live flame can transform any menu item. See for yourself the ease of managing a Mugnaini wood fired oven for multiple cooking techniques and ask any question you can think of – we have the answers! A complete meal will be served from the wood fired oven, pairing recipes from Andrea’s book with Lambert Bridge wines. These events fill up fast so we recommend reserving your place quickly! Cookbook signing will take place after the class. 11:00am – 2:00pm, $95 per person; $85 LAC.

August 14, Lobster Feed, at Sbragia Family Vineyards & Winery, 9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville. Come and join the fun at our Lobster Feed! Enjoy fresh lobster, amazing wine and a spectacular sunset on the terrace. 4 pm. Tickets: $95.00 Wine Club/$115.00 Public.

August 14, Moshin Pictures on the Crush Pad: Blue Hawaii, at Moshin Vineyards, 10295 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Moshin Pictures are back this Summer! Join us on the Crush pad under the stars for a fabulous show, Moshin wine and all the popcorn you can eat. Feel free to bring your friends, your favorite movie snacks, and an extra sweater for the cool Russian River night. Shows start at dusk around 8:30 pm. $20 general admission or $15 for Club Members. Admission includes your first glass of wine and entry in the drawing for more movie tickets.

August 19, 20, 21, Raven Players present: RENT, at Raven Performing Arts Theater, 115 North Street, Healdsburg. RENT is a Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical that changed the face of Broadway during its run from 1996-2008. A modern re-telling of Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera La boheme, it tells a story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS. This is a landmark rock musical with an amazing local Sonoma County cast! Show opens Aug 13, 2010 at the historic Raven Theater in gorgeous and hip downtown Healdsburg, CA. Music & lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Directed by Justin Pyne.

August 20 – 22, 15th Annual Grape to Glass Weekend, “Where Creative Juices Flow!” Join the Russian River Valley Winegrowers for a weekend of artistic passions as we celebrate the kick-off the 15th Annual Grape to Glass weekend! Three days of fine wine, food, music, art and recreation in the vineyards and neighborhoods of the Russian River Valley. We’re taking our showcase program to new heights in hospitality, entertainment and recreation. The wines of the Russian River Valley play the starring role. Sharing the stage are the other leading actors in a region resplendent with natural beauty and a community rich in an artisanal heritage and compelling characters. Pick from a varied palette of activities or take it all in! You’ll meet and mingle with the farmers and winemakers. You’ll enjoy the freshest local cuisine created by our region’s chefs and artisan food purveyors. You’ll tour, bike and kayak. And at every event, the art and artists and stunning visual landscapes of the Russian River Valley will remind you where Creative Juices Flow! Unique In Depth Tours; Virtual Photo Contest; Live Concert; Cycling & Kayaking; Hog in The Fog BBQ; Live & Silent Auctions; Sparkling Brunch.

August 20, 21 & 22, Healdsburg’s Downtown Sidewalk Sale, Downtown merchants are holding a sidewalk and in-store sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

August 21, Healdsburg Farmers’ Market presents: The Zucchini Festival, Zucchini Car Races and Giant Zucchini Contest. The Saturday Market takes place from the first Saturday in May to the end of November. The opening cow bell rings at 9 AM and the market ends at Noon.

August 21, Oysters and More!, at Lambert Bridge Winery, 4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Kick off your Weekend with Oysters, Oysters, and more Oysters! We will be pairing Oysters with our crisp, perfect for the summer, white wines in our beautiful picnic gardens. Casually sip on our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Viognier, throw back a few oysters, and learn some basics on how to shuck and grill oysters to perfection! A variety of Oysters from local farms such as Tomales Bay and Hog Island will be shucked and served by “The Oyster Girls”. You won’t want to miss these delightful treats! 2:00pm – 4:00pm, $55 per person; $45 LAC. Reservations Required. Limited to 12 Oysters per person.

August 22, ‘A Perfect Pair’ Tasting, at Hop Kiln Winery, 6050 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Start by indulging in this complimentary tasting of roasted chicken salad with Bartlett pears and golden raisins dressed with A Perfect Pear Chipotle Sauce. Finish with A Perfect Pear Dark Chocolate Pear Cabernet Sauce fondue with fresh strawberries. 11-3pm.

August 29, Healdsburg’s Antiques Fair on the Plaza – 20th Year, in Downtown Healdsburg. Free Admission, 9 am – 4 pm. 20th Year! 90 Dealers! May 30 & August 29, 2010. Sponsored by the Healdsburg Historical Society.

 Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help with accommodations, or if you need advice on which restaurants to go to. Hope to hear from you soon! Have a wonderful time here in Healdsburg!

You Have To Visit The Jimtown Store This Month!

August 2nd, 2010

Why? Because our favorite soup and sandwiches are back! I absolutely love the watermelon gazpacho and the smoked albacore salad sandwich- they’re just absolutely delicious! Plus the weather is perfect for you to sit at the Jimtown Store’s patio area- such a special place with grapevines overhead.

The Jimtown Store also has a lot of cool souvenirs and treats for your home, so do take the time to go through their store. This is the perfect place for families, and if you’re wine tasting in the Alexander Valley area, do stop by and get something to eat or drink before you head out again!


Watermelon Gazpacho – $3.95 cup / $5.95 bowl / $11.50 quart

Spicy Pepper Jam, Cheddar, Speck, and Arugula on Sourdough – $9.95

Smoked Local Albacore Salad with Cucumber, Lettuce, and Red Onion on Whole Wheat -$9.95

BBQ Beef Brisket on a House-Baked Roll with Grilled Onions, Dave’s Spicy Bread & Butter Pickles, and Chipotle Aioli.
Choice of Coleslaw or Potato Salad on the side. – $12.95

Vegetarian Enchiladas with Chickpeas, Zucchini, Corn, and Jack Cheese – $8.95
Also available for take home as a casserole – $56.00 (serves 8-10)
(48 hours notice applies for the casserole)

Jimtown Chain Gang Chili – $4.95 cup / $8.95 bowl / $17.50 quart
Pork and Beef Chili with red beans. A meal in a bowl. Also available to take home.

Vegetarian Chili – $3.95 cup / $7.50 bowl / $14.95 quart
Spicy, vegan, and low fat! With 3 Beans, Vegetables, and Bulgur Wheat

MONTHLY SIDES & SALADS: – $4.00 side / $8.00 pint / $15.00 quart

Summer Fruit Salad

Mom’s Potato Salad – Red Potato, Hard Boiled Egg & Sweet Peas in a Light Mayonnaise Dressing

Buttermilk Coleslaw

Bread Pudding with Dulce de Leche and Whipped Cream – $3.95

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Canceled 2011

July 29th, 2010

We’re very sad to hear the news about the Healdsburg Jazz Festival being canceled for 2011. We’ve got our fingers crossed that it’ll be back in 2012! Everyone loves the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, and people from all over the country visit Healdsburg yearly just to watch the artists perform.

Here’s the article from the Press Democrat.

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival will take a year off in 2011 and may undergo some changes in size and format before it returns.

The festival’s five-member board of directors decided Monday to put the event on hiatus and eliminate festival founder Jessica Felix’s position as director to cut costs, said board chairwoman Pat Templin.

Introduced by Felix in 1999, the festival has generated national acclaim and drawn as many as 5,000 fans to Healdsburg for up to 10 days of performances by big-name jazz stars, such as saxophonist Charles Lloyd, pianists Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner and George Cables.

“The festival cannot assume any expenses now, except for very minimal administrative support,” Templin explained.

Felix, who also operates the Art and All That designer jewelry gallery in Healdsburg, declined comment on the board’s decision.

The festival has operated at a deficit of $30,000 a year for the past three years, Templin said. Surplus funds covered the deficit in 2008, but not in 2009 and 2010, Templin said.

“The economy has had a huge impact on us in terms of the money sponsors and individuals feel they can donate,” Templin said.

The one program that the festival definitely plans to continue next year is Operation Jazz Band, a week-long workshop that introduces fifth-graders at six schools to jazz music and ends in a public concert.

The festival, devoted to pure jazz rather than “smooth jazz” or other pop-music iterations, held its 12th annual event last June 4-13 at a variety of venues, including wineries, cafes, parks and the Raven Theater.

Templin said the board will survey the community and potential supporters to come up with a sustainable format for the festival in the future, but said the Healdsburg event wouldn’t imimate the Sonoma Jazz + fesival, which headlines rock and pop acts and very little jazz, if any.

“We will not use the Sonoma Jazz + model,” she said.


What’s Going On In Healdsburg This Weekend?

July 27th, 2010

If you’ll be in Healdsburg this weekend, there will be two events that you should look out for.

First, the Vineman- this will be held on Saturday, July 31st. 2010 marks the 21st Annual Full Vineman Triathlon, making it the oldest independant Ironman distance triathlon held in the continental United States. The experience which Vineman athletes have will be unmatched, as they swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles through beautiful Sonoma County’s wine country. The Vineman course is a tour of Sonoma County vineyards & wineries, which passes through five distinct regions. The swim takes place at Johnson’s Beach in the Russian River, one of the most rustic swim venues you’ll see in the sport. The bike course is a mix of terrain, and travels through the Russian River, Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill grape growing regions. With slightly less than 4000 feet of climbing for the entire bike course athletes find the course to be challenging but not overwhelming. The three loop, out-and-back, run course takes the athletes from the finish area through the back roads of Sonoma County. This will allow athletes to see their fellow competitors, family, and friends more often and keep everyone closer to “home”.

Second, Birding With A Ranger begins at Lake Sonoma. A Ranger will lead a walk every Sunday at 9:00AM – bring your binoculars, or there are some available for you to borrow. Meet at the Visitor Center on 3288 Skaggs Springs Rd in Geyserville. For more information please call Park Ranger Michael Carroll at 707-431-4535.

Grape Escape – The Sonoma County Fair

July 22nd, 2010

The Sonoma County Fair is just a week away! On July 27th to August 8th, the Sonoma county Fair will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. This will be a wonderful event, great for kids and families. There will be horse races, scarecrow building contests, bubblegum bubble blowing, grape juice moustache contest, horse races, farm animals, rides, lots of yummy food, concerts- just about everything!

Stop by the fair if you’re in town during these days- it’ll be fun! For more information, please visit Sonoma County Fair. We have a few vacation homes that are relatively near the fairgrounds, so if you’d like to stay in one of our vacation homes during those days, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’d love to help you out. Have fun and be safe!

The Wonderful Jimtown Store

July 20th, 2010

If you’re visiting Healdsburg soon, you have to stop by the Jimtown Store when you’re in town. The Jimtown Store is located at 6706 Highway 128 in Healdsburg, right next to one of our vacation homes, the Jimtown House.

The Jimtown Store is a cozy place with lots of wonderful treats. It’s the perfect place to visit while you’re wine tasting in Alexander Valley. The soups and sandwiches are just delicious- and be sure to try their seasonal specials as well. They surely won’t disappoint! I absolutely love their watermelon soup, smoked albacore sandwich, ham and brie sandwich, their homemade energy bar and chocolate pudding! They also make their wine-you’ll have to get a bottle to take home with you!

So stop by the Jimtown Store and say hello to Carrie for us! Enjoy!