Visit Quivira This Weekend!

April 13th, 2010

Quivira, located in West Dry Creek, is one of my favorite wineries here in Healdsburg. They will be serving their newest releases in the Tasting Room this weekend, April 17th and 18th from 11:00AM to 5:00PM and they will waive your tasting fee. Now is the best time to try these new vintages and stock up your cellar before they are gone!

2008 Grenache, Wine Creek Ranch $26/btl
2007 Zinfandel, Anderson Ranch $34/btl
2007 Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre, Wine Creek Ranch $28/btl
2007 Syrah, Wine Creek Ranch $28/btl

This is the perfect time to visit Quivira and explore their organic vegetable garden and see their chickens, and taste their amazing wine! This experience will indeed be memorable, so we highly encourage you to bring your friends and visit! For more information, please visit Quivira’s website.

See you there!

Breakfast In Healdsburg?

April 12th, 2010

If you love breakfast as much as I do, and if you’re extremely picky with the way your breakfast meal is cooked and prepared, then I highly recommend that you try Singletree Cafe. Singletree Cafe’s food is simple yet very, very good. I like omelettes, waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, and all that good stuff, and Singletree Cafe serves just that, cooked with lots of love!

The restaurant is located at 165 Healdsburg Avenue, right before the Healdsburg Plaza. It’s a cozy, diner-style restaurant with amazing comfort food that surely won’t disappoint anyone. The people who work there are so nice and personable as well- and nothing beats excellent customer service!

I absolutely love it at Singletree Cafe and I have breakfast there almost every other weekend. It’s always packed when I go, especially on Sundays. I love real breakfast food, and their food is just so good, and it isn’t oily at all like other breakfast places. I always get scrambled eggs, a side of their delicious bacon, and banana pancakes. I’ve also tried their eggs benedict with wild salmon, machaca scramble- both extremely delicious!

So if you’re in town, or if you’re planning a trip to Healdsburg, make sure to stop by there, and try out Costeaux French Bakery, too! Have fun and happy dining!

Beware of Scams on Craigslist

April 9th, 2010

We’ve been having problems with some of our listings on Craigslist, and we’d like to make you aware about this. These are the listings that have been duplicated on Craigslist:

1. 845 Bond Place, Windsor, California
2. 7011 A Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, California
3. 233 Lincoln Street, Healdsburg, California

Please disregard any other ads, and please do not call any of the numbers listed on these fake ads. We’ve reported these to the FBI, and they informed us that these scams are so widespread now- they even have an intricate phone system that steals your information when you call the number listed on the ad. If you come across any ads saying that the owner is abroad or has moved abroad, or the owner has gotten into an accident, or if they give you any strange details, disregard the ad and just give us a call.

Please be smart and please be careful! And please flag any ads that aren’t ours. Thank you!

Weekend Along the Farm Trails Spring on Sunday April 18th!

April 8th, 2010

We highly encourage you to go to this wonderful event! 16 of Sonoma County’s Farm Trails members present “Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies”,  an adventurous and unique tasting, and on-the-farm experience of Spring’s bounty. Local farms and agricultural businesses from Healdsburg to Petaluma will open their gates and barnyard doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at Sonoma County’s finest food and agriculture.

See newly-born barnyard babies.

Foggy River Farm of Healdsburg, Barlas Boer Goats, Green String Farm, Canvas Ranch and Tara Firma Farms of Petaluma are just a few of the Sonoma County members showcasing newborn goats, sheep, chickens and pigs. Children are welcome at all Farm Trails stops for an up close and personal spring interaction.

Walk through orchards and fields in bloom.
What better way to understand where our food comes from than to start at the source?  Fruit trees will be in full bloom; attracting birds, bees and farmyard animals. Bring your camera for some beautiful Sonoma County landscape shots. Stop by Petaluma’s Olympia’s Apple Orchard, Sebastopol’s Gabriel Farm or French Garden Farm, Fulton’s Kendall Jackson Wine Center, or Valley Ford’s Skyhorse Ranch for some glowing examples of Spring’s bounty.

Sample local honeys and learn the art of beekeeping.
Feeling adventurous? At Santa Rosa’s Bear Foot Honey Farm you can suit up like the professionals to learn the inner working of a beehive. Sample any one of their 15 raw and creamed honeys in their on-site shop. Many Farm Trails members are in the business of bees these days as the world turns it’s focus to modern day threats against our pollinating friends. Take time on April 18th to join the wave of bee enthusiasts.

Meet the farmers who grow your food, and have a taste!
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies is the chance to create an intimate connection with local farmers. Nothing comes closer to the source than eating and learning about agriculture on-site from the experts themselves. Sebastopol’s Redwood Hill Creamery will be offering tours of their Grade-A goats milk dairy to visitors with a farm passport, as well as tastes of three of their well known cheeses.  Want to start your own urban farm?  Baker Creek Seed Bank of Petaluma will be stocked
with instructional staff to help you hone your gardening knowhow. After a stop in for a free packet of seeds and an on-site olive tasting, visitors can start growing blossoms and attracting bees to their own backyards.

How to join? Tickets are $25.00 per vehicle through advance online purchase. For more information, please visit Sonoma County Farm Trails! Come spend the weekend up here in wine country and enjoy what Sonoma County has to offer!

Healdsburg Jazz Festival June 04-13

April 6th, 2010

The 12th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival is just two months away! Don’t miss it this year, it’s a musical experience you won’t regret. And tickets are now available for all shows!

Here is the schedule of perfomances!

Monday, April 5
Randy Vincent and Chris Amberger
guitar and acoustic bass

Tuesday, April 6
Dick Conte and Steve Webber
piano and acoustic bass

Friday, April 9
Bennett Roth-Newell and John Norris
Piano and Acoustic Bass

Saturday, April 10
Lee Charlton Trio
with Tony D’Anna and Rob Wright
Piano, Acoustic Bass and Drums

Monday, April 12
David Howard and Stephanie Ozer
guitar and piano

Tuesday, April 13
Miles Wick and Michael Coleman
piano and bass

Friday, April 16
Stephanie Ozer and Chuck Metcalf Duo
Piano and Acoustic Bass

Saturday, April 17
Chuck Metcalf Trio
with David Udolf and Chuck McPherson
Piano, Acoustic Bass and Drums

Monday, April 19
Greg Hester and Jim Passarell
piano and acoustic bass

Tuesday, April 20
Christian Foley-Beining and Tom Shader
guitar and acoustic bass

Friday, April 23
Susan Sutton and Bill Fouty Duo
Piano and Acoustic Bass

Saturday, April 24
Chris Amberger Trio
with Grant Levin and Chuck McPherson
Piano, Acoustic Bass and Drums

Monday, April 26
Ricardo Peixoto and Carlos Oliviera
guitar duo

Tuesday, April 27
John Youngblood and Gus Garelick
guitar and violin

Friday, April 30
Ken Cook and Cliff Hugo Duo
Piano and Acoustic Bass

Have fun and see you at one of the performances!

Dragonfly Farm

April 5th, 2010

Dragonfly Farm is an amazing place that you have to visit when you’re in Healdsburg. For years I have driven past the Dragonfly Farm on Westside Road but I recently went there when the weather was beautiful and I had a wonderful time there! I should’ve taken my camera, but once the weather clears, I’ll go back there and post some photos here.

Owner Bonnie Z and her daughter Carlisle Yuill-Thornton invites everyone to enjoy the garden, take a tour from the ducks or laugh with the silly cats. You are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy in shade their new seating area (designed by Ray Degischer).

They also have a seasonal farmstand, which offers cut flowers and other seasonal delights from the garden. Visit their website here. We highly recommend you visit Dragonfly Farm when you’re in town- it won’t disappoint! Have fun!

Easter Egg Hunt in the Vineyards!

April 2nd, 2010

I know it’s raining right now, but hopefully the sun will come out on Easter Sunday!

Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville will have an Easter egg hunt this Sunday! It’ll be free for the first 200 egg hunters under the age of 12! This is a limited event, so please call them at (707) 857-1403 as soon as possible to join in.

There will also be fun things for the grown ups, such as complimentary champagne and baked goods. Sign up is free but required at 10:00AM.

Have fun and happy hunting!

Passport To Dry Creek Valley Is Just A Few Weeks Away!

March 31st, 2010

Well what do you know? Passport to Dry Creek Valley is just a few weeks away! This event will take place on April 24 and 25, so if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, we suggest you get them right away because they are almost sold out.

We are almost fully booked for that weekend, and we only have a few properties left! If you’d like to stay with us, feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (707) 433-8899. Look for Belinda and Miko and they can help you out with your weekend stay.

We’d also like to remind you to have a designated driver for all three days- have fun but be safe! For tickets, please visit Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. Happy planning!

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival – Tickets On Sale Now!

March 26th, 2010

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is one of the greatest events in town. It’s one of the events that everyone just absolutely loves! People from around the US (and not just from the Bay Area) make it up to Healdsburg just to watch these live performances. This year, Charlie Haden, Ravi Coltrane, Leny Andrade, Oscar Castro-Neves, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, Bill Frissel, and Esperanza Spalding will be performing during these 10 terrific days!

June is an awesome month to visit Healdsburg. This is the beginning of the Healdsburg Farmers Market which is held every Tuesday at the plaza and on Sundays at the parking lot behind Hotel Healdsburg. On Tuesdays, there is also live music in the plaza, and a lot of people bring their picnic blankets and lay on the grass with their friends, family, and even their dogs! There is a lot of dancing involved, too, and it’s just a lot of fun.

We highly encourage you to visit Healdsburg during this time! Please take a look at our vacation homes when you get the chance, and if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and we’d love to help you out!

If you live in Healdsburg, now is the time to volunteer, become a sponsor, or become a supporter! You can find the details here.

Guess What?

March 25th, 2010

We just heard that Mutt Lynch Winery will be having Yappy Hour every month now! This is an awesome event for a great cause. So to all the dog lovers out there in Healdsburg, let’s get together every month with our doggies! It’ll be a fun time with great wine, great food and great company! This is the perfec time to celebrate what our dogs do for us, in the company of friends and family. If your dog means the world to you- like it means to me- then we sincerely encourage you to come support this event.

If you’d like to learn more about this event, please visit Mutt Lynch Winery’s website, and if you’re planning to go, let your friends know about this wonderful monthly event! The more the merrier! And if you’d like to spend the weekend here, please take a look at our vacation homes– feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

Have fun and see you there! We’ll keep you posted on the dates of Yappy Hour!