Posts Tagged ‘healdsburg vacation rentals’

Lunch or Last Minute Picnic on the Run?!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

If you are in Healdsburg, you are in the perfect place for a last minute picnic!  There are over a dozens tasting rooms within the plaza area that you can taste, then buy a bottle of wine to go.  Your best bets for a delicious gourmet sandwich, salad, even cheese would be to stop by either the Oakville Grocery (plaza area), Costeaux’s French Bakery (plaza area), the Dry Creek General Store (dry creek road, at lambert bridge), or the Jimtown Store (hwy 128, hbg).  There are several wineries that have picnic tables for you to use at your convenience.  Some even will allow you to bring along your four legged best friend!  Feel free to ask any of us in the office for advice on where to go or what we recommend.  Of course we can provide directions and maps to help guide you there safely.  So don’t be shy and feel free to ask us, we can definitely find the perfect spot for your picnic in the wine country!

Farmers Market has started in Healdsburg!!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Don’t forget to stop by the plaza on Tuesdays 4pm to 6:30pm, and Saturday’s 9am to 12pm noon.  This wonderful farmers market offers a wide variety of stands that will definitely keep you busy and entertained.  ;Just to name a few, there are fresh fruits, vegetables, organic vegetables, cheese, coffee beans, antiques, plants, flowers, clothes, jewelry, most especially local products!  Starts in May and goes until November.  Hope to bump into you there at the plaza!  Thank you very much for supporting the community.

The Season of the Grapes

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The best time each year to see the vineyards is August through October. This is also known as the “crush” season, and when the grapes are harvested. It is definitely one of the most busiest times of the year! Especially for us as guests tend to book ahead of time to make sure they have a home or place to stay. I encourage you, or if you know someone who might be coming this year during “harvest” or “crush” season to the wine country, that it would be best if you/they plan ahead and call now or by July at the latest to reserve a cottage, home or even an estate – depending on the number of guests there will be. We have properties still available, but we have already been getting phone calls this week! Kindly phone any of our agents or staff at the Healdsburg Property Management office and one of us will help you find the perfect home away from home.

Healdsburg Property Management and/or Sonoma County Vacations — 707.433.8899 also 800.454.6674

The 11th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival 5/29 to 6/7/09

Saturday, May 9th, 2009
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is an event you have to experience if you’re visiting Sonoma County! The spectacular organization has been around for 11 years, and it continues to gain recognition and popularity as the years go by. It’s a refreshing experience to be around people, young and old, come together and simply live life through music!
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a 10-day festival comprised of highly gifted and renowned jazz musicians who each bring their own flavor to the event. This wonderful experience will be held in  a few boutique restaurants and wineries, the Raven Theater and Hotel Healdsburg. The best thing about this festival is that it is open to the public!
The 11th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival begins on May 29 through June 07, 2009.
For more information or to show support for this non-profit organization, please visit

Very Dog-Friendly, Sonoma County

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Will you be visiting Sonoma County soon, and you don’t want to leave your four-legged best friend behind? No problem!

Various establishments in Sonoma County understand you and your dog’s needs, and there are plenty of activities within the county that are dog friendly. I certainly understand how hard it is to leave your pet dog home alone, as I am a dog owner as well. I understand how important it is to be able to include your pet dog in your plans, and we’d like to share a few options you might like to consider as you head up to Sonoma County…

There are a number of dog-friendly wineries. A few wineries out here have canine companions to greet guests with a big smile as they arrive! These friendly creatures will charm you with their cute and friendly demeanor, and all they ask is that you enjoy your stay at their humble abode! If you will be in the Healdsburg area, we highly recommend that you visit Foppiano Vineyards, Forth Vineyards, Mutt Lynch Winery and Lambert Bridge Winery. There’s a wonderful picnic area with umbrellas at Lambert Bridge Winery, so don’t forget to bring food and a few treats for your doggy!

If you would like to dine at Healdsburg Plaza, there are a few restaurants that will allow you to bring your pet dog with you as long as you dine in their outdoor area. Sitting at the outdoor area is ideal when it’s sunny, and it’s a great way to experience and appreciate the beauty of this small town. There are always a lot of people walking their dogs at the plaza, so your pet will surely make a friend or two.

If you would just like to take your dog to the park, The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department allows dogs in all the county’s parks, excluding Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Spring Lake Regional Park and the hiking trails at Shiloh Regional Park. Just a reminder, your pets must always be on a leash for safety, and please don’t forget to pick up after them as well.

Lastly, we do have several vacation home rentals that can accommodate your pet, so please check with our Healdsburg Property Mgmt. and/or Sonoma County Vacations reservations/sales team for more information and details.


Hope to see you all soon…Enjoy!


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!