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Spending Memorial Day Weekend In Healdsburg?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

And looking for things to do? Let us give you a few suggestions! There are a lot of fun activities for everyone to enjoy- so take a look at the events below!

May 27, 29, 31, Classic Perfume Rose Harvest & Distillation Tours, at The Russian River Rose Co. A totally unique and wonderfully romantic springtime experience! Help harvest the roses from our beautiful Bulgarian, French and Persian Rose Fields and distill them into fragrant Rose Oil and Rosewater. Become enveloped in the heady scent as you sip tea and enjoy a presentation on rose oil and perfumes from around the world. You will NEVER forget this day in the Wine (and Roses) Country! ! Organic tea refreshments are included. Tours begin at 9:30 and last about 2 hours. $9.95 Thursdays, $12.95 Saturday & Monday. (Children under 8 not recommended). Reservations Required. For reservations call 707-575-6744, Monday-Friday 8-6pm, Sat. 10-1pm. For information and full schedule please visit www.russian-river-rose.com or call 707-433-7455

May 29 & 30, Oysters and More!, at Lambert Bridge Winery, 4085 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Kick off Memorial Day 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 served. You won’t want to miss these delightful treats! 2:00pm – 4:00pm, $55 per person; $45 LAC. Reservations Required. For more information please visit www.lambertbridge.com or call 707-431-4670

May 29 – 31, Jimtown Store Barn Sale – Memorial Weekend, at 6706 State Hwy 128, Healdsburg. We are selling our entire barn inventory at 25%-75% off. Find antiques, folk art, vintage treasures & oddities! Memorial Day Weekend (Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-4pm, Mon 9am-3pm). Dealers welcome. Cash or Credit Card Only (v, mc, disc). For more information please visit www.jimtown.com or call 707-433-1212

May 29 – 31, Memorial Weekend Tea in the Rose Garden, (Our last Open Garden until Fall!) at the Russian River Rose Company, 1685 Magnolia Drive Healdsburg. Sip a delicious cup of organic tea as you enjoy the scents and sights of our Rose Display Garden, with its collection of 650 varieties of antique and modern roses, all surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of Dry Creek Valley. Wander down the ‘Rose Allee’, a tunnel of 8 huge arches covered with 28 different rambling roses. Enjoy the fluttering ‘Butterfly Garden’, the fragrant ‘Sweet Scent Seat’, and the ‘Rose History Trail’. Experience our ultra-fragrant Perfume Rose Fields without even having to travel to Bulgaria! Our Nursery will be open and brimming with roses and hummingbird/butterfly attracting annuals & perennials. Our gift shop will offer unique, locally made items as well as our estate produced Rose Water and Rose Oil Perfume. FREE entry to garden. Self-Guided Tour Maps: $2.00. Organic Tea Service: $2.00 per person. (No reservations necessary). For more information please call 707-433-7455

May 28 & 29, Honk Jr., at the Healdsburg Park & Recreation Center at Foss Creek School. The Raven Education Arts Program (REAP) presents, Honk! Jr., a contemporary musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Ugly Duckling. Friday, May 21st at 7pm, Saturday, May 22 at 2pm & 7pm and Sunday, May 24 at 2pm & 4pm at the Healdsburg Park & Recreation Center at Foss Creek School. A second weekend of performances takes place Friday, May 28th at 11am, 2pm & 4pm and Saturday, May 29 at 11am & 2pm at the Healdsburg Boys and Girls Club (up the hill from the FFA fair). Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information please visit www.raventheater.org or call 707-235-7314

May 30, 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. For more information please call Bill Weinstein Productions at 707-578-7772

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Scenic Drive Cloverdale, CA – Mendocino, CA

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

This last week I took a scenic drive with my family to the Mendocino Coast from northern Sonoma County, Healdsburg/Cloverdale via Hwy 128.  I always forget how beautiful this drive is through Anderson Valley and the Redwoods and it only takes 1.5 hours to get to Mendocino, however it’s a beautiful day of relaxation and liesure if you treat it gently.

Begin at the Hamburger Ranch and Pasta Farm restaurant, where you can have breakfast to begin your day or a great bbq dinner on their patio to end your day.  It’s a reasonably priced, great place that’s been in business a long time, serving both locals and visitors alike.

Here you begin Hwy 128 East, heading to Yorkville Highlands.  This is a beautiful winding road, dotted with multiple wineries, gorgeous redwoods, apple orchards, vineyards, 2 state parks, a river and…you get it — a variety of settings and attractions.

Yorkville and Yorkville highlands are the first ‘civilization’ that you come to from leaving Cloverdale.  Yorkville consists of a store/deli and several wineries including Maple Creek, and Yorkville Cellars.  The store seems to be closed sometimes more than it’s open, but we’ve found that ‘regular’ hours are 9-3, M-F and longer on weekends.  Standard sandwiches and drinks can be purchased for a great picnic in upcoming Hendy Woods.  Each of these locations is attractive and offers tastings, things to do and can give you a great history of the area:

http://www.maplecreekwine.com

www.yorkvillecellars.com

www.meyerfamilycellars.com

Events in this area include 2010 Yorkville Highlands Festival on August 14, 2010, Mendocino Music Festival, Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival, Grape Stomp and BBQ on August 29th and the Mendocino County Fair in Booneville in September.

Now you’re moving on to Bonneville, which is a hub of Mendocino County and home to the fair in September.  There is a hotel, several restaurants, market and some great wineries.  My recommendation is the pinot noir,  which this area is known for, however I also love the Guwertzemeiner.   Staying as inexpensive as possible until we reach Mendocino, we like to stop at the Redwood Drive In, good for burgers and tacos, or get a sandwich at the market or deli.

Farmers Market on Saturdays

Located in the parking lot of the Boonville Hotel, in downtown Boonville, this is a good place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, plants and flowers. The market is open on Saturdays from 9:00 till noon, first part of May till the end of October.

The apple orchards and vineyards begin in ernest once you leave Booneville.  Wineries that I think have beautiful settings in addition to great wine are:

NAVARRO
5601 Hwy 128, Philo
707 895-3686

GREENWOOD RIDGE YARDS
5501 Hwy 128, Philo
707 895-2002

HUSCH
4400 Hwy 128, Philo
707 895-3216

Next is Philo.  A small town in and of itself, historically created for the beautiful redwood lumber in surrounding areas that was available.  Now it is an artsy town with a gallery or two, store, restaurant and wineries.

A great stop north of Philo is the Gowan Oak Tree Fruit stand.

Gowan’s Oak Tree
Philo, Ca
707 895-3353

This roadside garden and orchard is located 2.5 miles north of Philo on Highway 128. Open every day June-March 8 am – 6 pm, December-March 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. The Gowan’s and their ancesters, the Studebaker’s have been growing at this site for 120 years.  Jim and Jo Gowan (pictured above) are now in their mid seventies but you can still see them working at the stand. With the help of their children and grandchildren they farm 250 acres of apples and peaches plus a 25 acre vegetable garden. Here is a list of some of the fresh fruits and vegetables you will see at Gowan’s:

Fruits. Apples sixty varieties, Pears eight varieties, Peaches thirty eight varieties, apricots, berries, cherries, prunes, persimmons and plums.

Vegetables. Peas two kinds, Summer Squash six kinds, Tomatoes fourteen kinds, Cucumbers three kinds, Beans six kinds, Pototoes four kinds, Cabbage, Corn eight kinds, Peppers eight kinds, Eggplant, Winter Squash fifteen kinds, Pumpkins eight kinds.

Other items are: Indian corn, Ornamental Gourds, Strawberry Popcorn, Walnuts.

This is a year-round business but of course not all varieties are available at the same time however, fresh and frozen apple cider, fruit popsicles and dried fruit are available all year.

Now the great redwood trees begin.  There are several good camping spots if that’s your thing.  I love Paul Dimmick Campground for its swimming in the Navarro River, and beautiful campsites in the redwoods.  There’s nothing like the smell of a redwood forest for my money.  Also, beautiful though, especially to walk in, is Hendy Woods.  Nice summer camping, lots of area for kids to bike, hike and swim. This campground is about 1 hour from the coast. When the coast is fogged in lots of abalone divers camp here and commute to the coast. A nice campground in the summer heat because of the redwood canopy. Winter camping is very damp but tranquil and picturesque. The park gets 40 to 100 inches of precipitation per year creating a moist and lush environment. The Navarro River can rise dramatically to the edge of the park. Temps are mostly in the 40s to 50s. Lots of mushrooms and wildflowers.

Paul Dimmick — Located in the Navarro River Redwoods State Park at the 8 mile marker on Highway 128.
The camp has 27 sites in tall redwood trees, not much sun, but cool in the hot summer. The Navarro river is only a few feet away from all sites.
There is catch and release, in the Navarro river, with barbless hooks, during some water levels.
There is no wood gathering and no extra fee for dogs but they must be kept on a leash.
Pickup campers are OK but larger RVs will not make the turns and the parking areas are small. Take it from one who has tried, don’t take a trailer in there unless you are an expert backer and don’t mind getting a few dings in it.
There is some posion oak around so pay attention.
The flush toilets are closed during the winter but there are pit toilets all year.
Campsites are $10 in summer and $5 in winter. This includes two motor vehicles. $5 for additional motor vehicle. There is no day use fee.
This camp sometimes floods big time in wet winters. In fact it is sometimes 10 feet under water. If you plan on camping here during rainy weather keep a ear on the radio and be prepared to move. There are no picnic tables, running water and flush toilets during winter months.

Senior discount is $2 except for hike and bike sites

Next town is Navarro.  Just out of Philo you can see the Navarro River begin.  This river is beautiful!  Refreshing in summer (if you can find it — local secret — there is a great swimming hole off 128 with sandy beach.  The blue water, sand and redwood trees are striking against one another!!), good for fishing, or just sunning on the banks.  The town of Navarro has a store.  Big stands of redwoods continue until just before you reach the  coast and you can see where the big Navarro river exits to the ocean here.

Now you junction Hwy 1 where you can head south and visit Elk, Manchester, Irish Beach and Point Arena, or continue north to Albion, Little River, Mendocino and Fort Bragg.

EVENTS

*8 – 14th annual Boonville Beer Festival sponsored by the Anderson Valley Brewery. 53 or more micro brewies pour beer from 1 to 5 pm at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the gate and $5 for non-drinker. RV and tent camping is available at the fairgrounds, $12 for tents and or $30 for RV’s. For more information click the link or call 707 895-2337.

Anderson Valley Garden VIP tour with Extra Special Bonus Garden and wine reception. 12 pm – 6 pm. See entry below for details on the tour.

No one knows if they are doing it this year! Anderson Valley Garden Tour 10 am – 5 pm. Public tour of 5 gardens, some never before open to the public, located along the 128 corridor between Yorkville Highlands and Philo. The gardens are between 1 and 5 acres in size. They display water features, xeriscape planting, a living roof, a tree house for adults, a Laburnum Walk, a lavender field, vegetable gardens and small orchards including one featuring multi-grafted fruit trees with local heritage varieties, a large rose garden, and several with spectacular vistas. All tickets must be purchase prior to the event. Tickets may be purchased through the Botanical Gardens’ web site www.gardenbythesea.org or in the Botanical Garden’s store located 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. Tickets will go on sale the beginning of April. The tour is limited to the first 400 guests. The event has been held since 2004 and always sells out. Saturday Tour: $45 per person or 2 for $80. Friday VIP tickets $125 per person. Box lunches at $15 per person are optional and paid for when purchasing tickets. Lunch ticket holders are invited to eat and visit the garden and vineyard at Goldeneye Winery near Philo. Contact person is Ry Southard 707 964-5352 ext 11

*15-17 – 13th Annual Pinot Noir Festival sponsored by Anderson Valley Winegrowers. More than 40 wineries will pour Pinot at the Boonville Fairgrounds. Local wineries will have open houses for special tastings, seminars, food pairings. Tickets are limited and sells out each year.

*16 – Pinot Party and tasting at Brutocao Cellars, 7000 Highway 128 in Philo. Free pinot testing from the barrel, music, munches and elbow rubbing. 11-4

*23 – Philo Yacht Club Regatta under the bridge on Philo Greenwood Road just off high 128. Build or buy your boat and bring it to the river at high noon. Trophies for best and fastest boats. Bring your lunch and drinks and hang out and watch the boats float or sink. It’s free and fun.

*29 through 31 – The Anderson Valley Artists’ Guild is having it’s 8th annual Artist’s Open Studio Tour all week-end. Visit the studios and workshops of 20 local artist including painters, sculptures, jewelers, funiture makers, glass blowers, letterpress printers, ceramics, photographers, etc. The tour is 3 days 11-5. Studios will be highlighted by signboards on Highway 128 as well as waving yellow banners at each studio entrance. Brochures with maps to the studios will be available at All That Good Stuff in Boonville next to the ice cream store. And of course it’s free. For further information call 707 895-2717.

Memorial Day Flea Market. This is a fund raiser for the Senior Center. In the parking lot in front of the Senior Center.

*30 – Lions Club tri-tip BBQ dinner at the Boonville Fairgrounds. 4-7:30 benefits Anderson Valley Elder Home.

*28-29 – The Anderson Valley Theater Guild’s presents the comedy “Dearly Departed” at the Grange on Highway 128, half way between Boonville and Philo. Tickets are $10 in advance. Tickets at All that good stuff in Boonville and Lemon’s Market in Philo. Tickets at the door $12 and $10 for seniors and students. The play starts at 7 pm both Friday and Saturday nights. For further information call the director Rod Basehore,  707 895-3191. (See June 4-5 for different play dates)

June

*4-5 – The Anderson Valley Theater Guild’s presents the comedy “Dearly Departed ” at the Grange on Highway 128, half way between Boonville and Philo. Tickets are $10 in advance. Tickets at All that good stuff in Boonville and Lemon’s Market in Philo. Tickets at the door $12 and $10 for seniors and students. The play starts at 7 pm both Friday and Saturday nights. For further information call the director Rod Basehore,  707 895-3191. (See May 28-29 for different play dates)

Farmers Market at the Boonville Hotel 9:45 til Noon every Saturday.

*18-19-20 – Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. A 3 Day Music and Camping Festival Featuring the Best in Reggae and World Music. Mendocino County Fairgrounds in downtown Boonville. Three days of world music. Camping.

July

Farmers Market at the Boonville Hotel 9:45 til Noon every Saturday.

*4 – Fourth of July Celebration at the Boonville Fairgrounds sponsored by the AV Education Foundation. Kids costume parade, music, food, drink, chili cook-off, huckleberry pie, and clowns.

Woolgrower’s BBQ and Sheep Dog Trails at the fairgrounds in Boonville. BBQ and live music at the Navarro Store located on the Navarro curve west of Philo. The Subdudes, a 5 piece New Orleans light rock and blue grass band will play starting at 5pm. There is a rib, steak, chicken BBQ that starts eariler. For more information call Dave at 707 895-9445

*31 – Winetasting Championships at the Greenwood Ridge Winery in Philo. Wine tasting contest for beginners and professionals. Also chocolate and cheese tasting and munches. Information call 707 895-2002

August

Farmers Market at the Boonville Hotel 9:45 til Noon every Saturday.

*14 – Boonville Airport fly-in. Mostly old planes. Small and friendly.

Lyons Club BBQ. Tri-tip and silent auction. 4:40-7:30 at the fairgrounds in downtown Boonville. $15/person benifits the Anderson Valley Ambulance.

*29 – Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival – 2 pm-7 pm. Meyer Family Cellars, Highway 128 @ mile marker 34.2 just west of Yorkville. Wine tasting of local wines, boar burgers & lamb BBQ, games, live music, silent auction, grape stomp. Tickets $40 ($50 at the gate). 707-894-9177. Proceeds benefit the Yorkville Fire Station & the Non-profit Yorkville Highlands Growers & Vintners Association.

September

Labor Day Week-End Flea Market. This is a fund raiser for the Senior Center. Located in the parking lot in front of the Senior Center.

Farmers Market at the Boonville Hotel 9:45 till Noon every Saturday

*6 – Yorkville Ice Cream Social at the Yorkville fire station. 11-4. Ice cream floats, burgers, dogs, cake walk, rummage sale, raffles, BBQed oysters, fun and games. Benefits Yorkville Fire Station and community efforts.

*17-18-19 – Mendocino County Fair, Apple Show, Rodeo, Sheep Dog Trails, Classic Car Show, Carnival, and so on, at the fairgrounds in Boonville. Fri & Sat 8-midnight, Sun 9-midnight.

California Wool and Fiber Festial. Follow the thread from the animal to the fabric. This festival is part of the Mendocino County Fair listed above.

If you’re starting in Sonoma County Wine Country, Healdsburg Property Management/Sonoma County Vacations has several vacation rental homes that begin in Cloverdale, where you can jump off and explore the Anderson Valley.  You can find them on our web site at www.SonomaCountyVacations.com, click on Vacation Rentals, All Accommodations, or use the search feature on the home page.  The names are Starling’s Rest, Beaux Reves, Jimtown House, Geyerville Vineyard Lake House, and Walden Cottage.  Each of these homes are priced differently and range from budget to moderate, and accommodate from 4-8 guests.

I hope you enjoy this drive as much as I do.  It immediately begins to help with my stress, and the smells and sounds in the redwood forest just can’t be replicated.  For an interesting and very thorough site on Anderson Valley, please see:  http://www.andersonvalley.org  — the developer of this site has done an outstanding job.

If you go through to Mendocino, don’t miss the jam and mustard shop all the way at the end of Main Street, eat lunch at the Mendocino Hotel — great and Zagat rated, have coffee and cookies at the bakery (I think on Albion Street), and don’t miss walking or viewing the Mendocino Headlands at the end of Heeser Drive.  Caves, rock formations, and gorgeous colors of the water and waves can keep you occupied forever!  My husband dove here (it needs to be a calm day!) and the water drops to 100 feet offering beautiful walls and pinnacles full of scallops.  I fished here and didn’t caught a capazoni, great eating.  A little north is McKericher State Park, and right now the seals are thick in the cove at the end of the boardwalk and are fun to watch.

Rental Scams

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

The latest scam on Craig’s List and other free listing sites involves trying to get an unwary propect’s identification. A reputable property management company or property owner will never or should never ask for the application before you’ve seen the property and will never be in Africa or the UK trying to do it online.  Never send money, never fill out their application.  Here is one that just hit today — looks like it could be legit, right?  Has my supposed e mail in it, but it’s not me.  It’s a bogus.  Has an application, but it’s not ours.

Beware of the free listing sites for this kind of stuff — Craig’s List, Oodle, Kijiji, hot pads, and many many more.  Do your homework and don’t be caught.  We report these things to the various listing sites and the FBI, however they are overloaded and flooded.  The FBI says it’s the number one problem occupying their time, so it’s up to us to be deligent.

From: Pamela Taeuffer [mailto:pamela.taeuffer@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2010 6:52 AM
To: James Bateman
Subject: Re: $800 / 2br – 2 Bedroom Home in Healdsburg!!! (Healdsburg, CA)

Hello Dear,

Thanks for the email. I and my husband own the house and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to ( West Africa , Nigeria ) that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person and God
fearing person who can take very good care of the house in my absence.we are not
after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the person
that will rent it to take it as if it were its own.
So for now, I am  here in West Africa and will be staying here for the next 3
years in our new house and also with the keys of the house for rent, we try to
look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left
but could not find, and we as well  do not want our house to be used any how in
our absence that is why we took it along with us.
We came over to Africa for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us
that you will  take very good care of the house. So get back to me if you know
you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home.
Hope you are okay with the price of $800 per month and  the security Deposit
is $600.You are advised to go and view the property exterior before getting back to me with the rental application.

My Husband Contact Number:  0112348122598647 or +2348122598647


Bedrooms:2     Monthly Rent:$800
Address:14635 Kinley Drive, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Bathrooms:1        Deposit:$600
Type:House


Utilities:
Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet     Disposal
Microwave    Views    Playground  washer/dryer    Public Trans.

Pets,Dogs, Cats, Other Pets ok..

Rental Application

Applicant Information

Name:
Date of birth: Cell: Phone:
Current address:
City: State: ZIP Code:
Own( )     Rent (* ) Monthly payment or rent: How long?
Previous address:
City: State: ZIP Code:
Owned*  Rented (Please circle) Monthly payment or rent: How long?

Employment Information

Current employer:
Employer address: When did you intend to move in?
Phone: E-mail: Fax:
City: State: ZIP Code:
Position: Hourly  Salary   (Please circle) Annual income:

Emergency Contact

Name of a person not residing with you:
Address:
City: State: ZIP Code: Phone:
Relationship: friend

Co-applicant Information, if Married

Name:
Date of birth: Cell: Phone:
Current address:
City: State: ZIP Code:
Own      Rent*  (Please circle) Monthly payment or rent: How long?
Previous address:
City: State: ZIP Code:
Owned*  Rented    (Please circle) Monthly payment or rent: How long?

Co-applicant Employment Information

Current employer:
Employer address: How long?
Phone: E-mail: Fax:
City: State: ZIP Code:
Position: Hourly      Salary     (Please Circle) Annual income :

References

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I authorize the verification of the information provided on this form as to my credit and employment. I have received a copy of this application.

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Date:

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Date:

The 1st YPN Mixer In Healdsburg!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Tomorrow is going to be the first Healdsburg Young Professionals Network at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio! This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people, hand out business cards, and make new business connections. The Sonoma County Vacations and Healdsburg Property Management team will be there to support this event, so we hope to see you there!

The Young Professionals Network of the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce offers social networking and professional development opportunities to ambitious young professionals. The YPN offers monthly programs and events designed to give young leaders the opportunity to exchange ideas, grow professionally, and share common interests while sharing an insider’s view of Sonoma County’s business scene. All professionals 40 and under are encouraged to participate in this organization and utilize its many benefits.

Why is it important to join? Well, YPN will enable you to build your business network with other young professionals. It’ll also give you exposure to what’s going on in Healdsburg.

Artiste Winery is located at 439 Healdsburg Avenue. 5:30 – 7:00 pm, April 22, 2010. See you there!

Guess What?

Thursday, 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!

Have You Gotten Your Copy Of The North Bay Bohemian?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I just got a copy of The North Bay Bohemian as I was shopping for groceries at Big John’s the other day, and I highly recommend that you get one, too! It’s free and it has all the information on where to go and what to do in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties! It’s an amazing source of information and activities not just for adults, but for kids, too!

They have information on concerts, the best restaurants, the best stores, and they even have different articles that are actually interesting. If you’re coming up to Sonoma County and you don’t have a clue of what to do, I highly recommend on browsing through the Bohemian. We working on getting copies for our office and give it to our incoming guests! So check out The North Bay Bohemian and let us know what you think!

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!

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!

Sonoma County Vacations’ Newsletters

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all staying warm on this chilly Thursday! We just wanted to share with everyone that by the end of this week, we’ll be sending out newsletters to our past guests! We want to keep you informed with the latest events in Healdsburg and around Sonoma County! We’ll also keep you informed with our latest vacation home specials.

We’ll be adding a link on our website if you’d like to sign up for our newsletters, but for now, if you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please feel free to send us an email at res@sonomacountyvacations.com, or give us a call at (707) 433-8899.

Hope to hear from you soon! Stay warm!

To All The Yoghurt Lovers Out There

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

If you love yoghurt as much as we do, we strongly encourage you to visit Snow Bunny in Healdsburg. Snow Bunny is located right at the plaza, and they have the best organic yoghurt in the county and in the Bay Area!

They have original tart, vanilla, chocolate, and tons of yummy toppings. They also have weekly flavors depending on the fruits of the season. For the Christmas season, they had eggnog yoghurt, and just last week, they had bloog orange yoghurt!

Please visit Snow Bunny when you’re in town. You’ll definitely love this cozy yoghurt shop! If you haven’t visited Healdsburg and you aren’t too into wine tasting, Snow Bunny is a great reason to visit! We have a lot of vacation homes close to town, so feel free to view our homes if you ever decide to visit!

Hear from you soon!