Posts Tagged ‘healdsburg’

Hot Air Balloon over the Wine Country

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Create a lifetime memory on a Hot Air Balloon over the Wine Country!

Perfect for proposals, anniversaries, weddings, or the ultimate birthday adventure!  Up and Away Ballooning is FAA-certified.  They can accommodate families, groups, even just couples.  Flights last about one hour and can range from 3 to 10 miles depending on wind currents.  The balloon ride is just half of your special morning because all fares include and incredible gourmet champagne brunch nearby at the Kendall-Jackson Winery.  After brunch, a hearty toast is made to all new aeronauts, a personalized flight certificate, and a cloisonné pin of the balloon in which you flew.  Reserved passengers and crew meet at the Sonoma County Airport in Windsor.

For more info: call 707-836-0171 or toll free 800-711-2998.  Their website is

Healdsburg Farmer’s Market

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Farmers market season is coming up and Healdsburg has a great farmers market! It runs twice weekly once on Tuesday  and  once on Saturday. Tuesdays the market is located in the Plaza and runs from 4-6:30 pm from June 2 through October and the Saturday market runs 9am -12pm at North and Vine St from May 2 through November. Come and support the local farmers by shopping here! There is lots of great produce, crafts and treats for everyone!


Friday, May 1st, 2009
Media Release
The Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the Sonoma County Health Officer have offered the following
recommendations on what we can do to prevent exposure to the swine flu:
What can the public do to prevent exposure to swine flu?
Control of an infectious disease is a shared responsibility – individuals have a key role in reducing their own likelihood of getting infected.
Simple protective measures work best:
The swine flu is spread mainly through coughing or sneezing by infected people.
Individuals may be infectious for a day or two before they feel sick and they may continue to be infectious up to 7 days after they become sick.
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick with flu‐like symptoms.
Hand‐washing is the best defense. Wash your hands frequently. Alcohol based gels are also effective. Teach children to wash their hands.
Stay home if you become ill. Do not go to work if you are sick. Keep sick children home from school.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
If you become ill:
Symptoms of swine flu are similar to regular seasonal flu.
Fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and tiredness. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting with swine flu.
If symptoms persist or are severe, do not delay in contacting your doctor. Your doctor will determine if you should be tested or receive treatment.

Spring is creeping up on us here in Healdsburg!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

The weather has been beautiful the last few days warm and the spring breeze is blowing. It is perfect outdoor weather for Driving especially through the vineyards where the mustard flowers are blooming and it is a vibrant yellow against the lush green from the winter rains. We have wonderful weather for the spring some rainy days but plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures!

Into gardening? A few spring gardening tips!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

If you enjoy gardening as much as we do, you’ve probably noticed that the cherry blossoms came a bit too early this year. There are a multitude of possibilities as to why this has happened, so we encourage an organic approach to taking care of your plants! Here are a

few tips we’ve learned in our childhood years, and we’d love to share them with you!

a) If you’d like to control a plant’s blossom, egg shells are the answer! Egg shells are a great source of calcium. Take 2-4 egg shells   and gently crush them. Scatter them on the soil and mix them a little bit, and your flowering plants will absolutely be happy!

b) To clean plants with large leaves and to prevent black spots on flowers such as roses, milk and water is the answer! Add a cup of milk to about two cups of water and put the mixture in a spray bottle- then spray them directly to the rose! If you don’t have a spray bottle, don’t worry! Put the mixture in a bowl and either use a clean cloth to wipe the leaves of your plants. For flowers, simply sprinkle the mixture using your fingers.

These tips have definitely helped us over the years! I hope it works for you! Happy gardening!

Spring is just around the corner!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Spring is definitely our favorite time of the year! It’s refreshing to see bright blue skies, blooming flowers and healthy, green fields! Here in Sonoma county, we have seas of bright yellow mustard fields, and they truly are a sight to behold! The fields are incredibly beautiful, and if you’re not into wine tasting yet you’d like to visit Sonoma county, we encourage you to take a drive out here on a sunny day and enjoy the view! Don’t forget to bring your camera as you’ll definitely need it!


Friday, February 20th, 2009

If you’d like to try a delicious roast of coffee, which is locally owned and operated, tryout the Flying Goat.  They have the standard varieties to choose from — cappuccinos and lattes — as well as some creative blends.  If you’re visiting, they have a 1/2 pound pack they can grind and you can take it back to your vacation rental, or take a larger pack home.  After you drink your fresh brewed cup of coffee, walk on over the the plaza square and enjoy people watching, shopping, free concerts or the Tuesday night Farmer’s Market in summer.  If you like something sweet with your coffee, try the chocolate shops on Center Street — Powell’s and Sweet Memory.

Biking Healdsburg

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

A great bicycle route in the Healdsburg countryside begins in the Dry Creek Valley.  You can start on either side, West Dry Creek Road, or Dry Creek Road, or in the middle for a shorter loop at Lambert Bridge.  There are multiple wineries along the way, Farm Trails, picnic and view spots, and Dry Creek Store where you can pick up fabulous lunch or breakfast delights.  At the start of Dry Creek Road is Big John’s supermarket offering fresh product, cheese, meats, deli, and more. About 2 miles in begins the route in earnest where Lytton Springs can take you in another direction entirely, and wineries such as Wilson, Nalle, Mauritson, Dry Creek offer their hospitality to our visitors.  Now either cut over Lambert Bridge and back toward town on West Dry Creek Road, and pass by Lambert Bridge, Everett Ridge and Alderbrook, or continue to Yoakim Bridge Road and cut over to West Dry Creek Road.  This route takes you passed Preston, Bella Wine Caves, Quivara, Rafanelli, Raymond Burr, and many more.  You might even meet a new friend along the way, as there are many bike enthusiasts who love this route.  It’s a winner!

Costeaux’s French Bakery and Cafe

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

A Healdsburg favorite that features award winning desserts and sourdough breads has been around since 1923.  It was recently remodeled and looks amazing!  Costeaux’s offers an open air cafe that serves delicious breakfast and lunches.  When you are in town it is a must that you stop by and try anyone of their delectable treats!  My favorites are the tuna melt sandwich, the chocolate chip and chocolate fudge crinkle cookies, and the raisin bread (baked fresh daily).  If you’re feeling decadent try the White chocolate raspberry tart.  Phew!  The extremely friendly staff and management help make it a more memorable and pleasant experience.  A great place to stop and have coffee after all the wine tasting!

Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce Trade Show

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Coming March 4th, if you can attend this trade show, it’s a great way to sample local business offerings, goodies, lots of information and meet your Healdsburg business owners. It’s from 5-7 p.m. — local restaurants, hotels, vacation rental companies (yes, Healdsburg Prop. Mgmt. will be ther!), retailers, just about every category will display for you what they’re all about!  Go to the Chamber’s Web site for details —