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Reflecting on living in Northern California Wine Country

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

I thought about writing yesterday, but in the wake of what happened in Boston, I decided that silence might be the best course of action. And as I reflect on it, I consider living in Sonoma County.

We are like a little country that could carve itself out of the state and sustain ourself. We have agriculture, cattle, fishing, job sustainability, mountains, lakes, parks, the ocean…we’re pretty damn lucky we can live here.

I know I’m fortunate to also work here and not have to commute to the Bay Area to earn a living, and to have raised my family here as well has been wonderful with the good schools available.

I’m taking a day to thank the people who have stayed with us, given us their business, and the long term relationship we’ve established with many property owners, tenants, and guests.

Many of you know our son suffered a traumatic brain injury about ten years ago, and working here has been challenging but so rewarding watching him grow and become an able minded adult, loving and appreciative of his life. We also thank our customers for their understanding with his challenges at times.

As we go about our day today, perhaps we can allow a gentleness to wash through us when our patience runs thin, and our anger begins to rise and remember we do have our lives, with all the challenges that come.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival 5/31-6/9

Wednesday, 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.

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:

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:

5601 Hwy 128, Philo
707 895-3686

5501 Hwy 128, Philo
707 895-2002

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.


*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 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)


*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.


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


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.


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, 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:  — 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 []
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

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

Pets,Dogs, Cats, Other Pets ok..

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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 or visit Farm Trails FACEBOOK page for tales from the farms.  707-837-8896.

3rd Annual Healdsburg Arts Festival

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

In downtown Healdsburg Plaza Park.  Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Free festival with more than 80 juried artists, fine arts and crafts, a children’s art zone, food, drink music, family entertainment and activities.  For more info visit or call 707-431-1970

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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:

For those interested in the course, please see below, and if you need lodging for next year, please see 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.”


Thursday, July 16th, 2009

This week’s weather forecast will be in the high 90’s and low 100’s. Triple-digit temperatures is no joke. People tend to think that it’s okay to go about their everyday lives and exert the same amount of energy they do during cooler temperatures, but this is not the case. Heat can be a killer if you do not take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe and cool.

The following are a few tips you could do this week:

Once it cools off in the evening, open windows and doors with screens to bring the inside temperature down. Check the weather forecast and find out what time the temperature starts rising the following day.

Make sure the close all the windows and doors approximately 2 hours before the temperature starts increasing to trap in the cold air. Keep blinds and shades closed as well as this helps keep your home cool.

Set your termostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home and 85 degrees when you are away.

For the infirm, elderly, and those who have trouble maintaining body temperatures (such as diabetics), set your thermostat lower (72 to 75 degrees) when you are home.

For those with pets, provide extra bowls of water. We usually add a tiny pinch of sugar in our dog’s bowl during extremely hot days, since their blood sugar level could drop as well.

Never ever leave infants, children, elderly and pets inside the car during these hot days, no matter what. The temperature inside a car is 10 degrees higher than outside temperatures.

Always keep yourself hydrated and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Be safe and stay cool!

Ex-winery manager starts wine, golf tour company

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

By D. Ashley Furness, Business Journal Staff Reporter

Greg Anderson, former Kendall Jackson project manager, launched a wine and golf specialty tours concept called Golf Vino.  Wine infused golf tours offers customized trips of 10-15 people, including visits to exclusive golf clubs in Sonoma and Napa, and behind the scenes tours of one, several of all of Golf Vino’s nine winery partners.  Private Vineyard tours include those with Matanzas Creek, Verite, Arrowood, Atalon, Stonestreet, Freemark Abbey, Cardinale, Hartford Family and Kendall-Jackson.