Posts Tagged ‘healdsburg vacation rentals’

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!

FLYING GOAT COFFEE

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!

Barrel Tasting

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Coming up the first two weekends in March, where local wineries open up tastings right from their cellars.  It’s a unique and educational event.  Naturally casual because it’s West Sonoma County!  See www.SonomaCountyVacations.com for events, and barrel tasting weekends.  We also offer vacation rentals if you need a place to stay.

Windsor Chamber of Commerce Trade Show

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Come visit Healdsburg Property Management at booth #9 at the Windsor Chamber of Commerce’ annual Business Expo & Home Show.  Held on Feb. 2nd at the Mary Agatha Furth Center, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor.  Exhibitors, beside Sonoma County Vacations and Healdsburg Property Management range from Airport Health Club, Alliance Medical Center, Insurnace, Flooring, Wineries, Gilardi’s Deli, to the Hilton, Hampton Inn, Pacific Coast Air Museum and more.  There’s always lots of goodies, and a great chance to meet your fellow business owners.  Come show your support!!

MICHELE SCHLUMBERGER CRAB FEED

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

If you’ve never been to the crab feed held at Michele Schlumberger, make it a point to go next year.  Last night was such a fun time — unpretentious, held by the cellar crew, very casual.  The wine poured was unending and worth the $50/pp price alone, and coupled with as much crab as we wanted, unending clam chower, salad and garlic bread, it was heavenly.  We met a couple from Guerneville who I’m sure we’ll be friends with a long time, not to mention the local Healdsburg folks who we’ve known for years.  Friendly staff, comfortable, intimate, not a huge crowd — just perfect.

Organize, Unclutter, Clean

Monday, January 12th, 2009

OK, so it’s the New Year, and you’ve made a resolution to unclutter, clean and organize? Check out Don Aslett’s site — it covers all that and more! He is over 70 yrs old and so enthusiastic about what he does — it’s infectious!! He is nationwide, and started at 19 years old to support himself through college. He’s a great story, especially in these economic times. The site is www.cleanreport.com. or www.donaslett.com

Jimtown Chicken Sopa

Friday, December 26th, 2008

A great dish to bring to a New Year’s Eve party, or even to make a part of your own holiday dinner, is Jimtown Store’s chicken sopa. I’ve had it many times — ooohh it’s delicious. It’s a casserole of layers of chicken, tortillas, chile and cheese. Beautiful with a salad and fruit. You can order for pick up 707-433-1212

SONOMA COUNTY SCENIC DRIVE

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

One of the best scenic drives in Sonoma County takes you through vineyards, redwoods and ends at the beautfiul Mendocino and Sonoma Coast along the Navarro River. Begin on Hwy 101 and exit at Cloverdale/Hwy 128 West. Stop at the Hamburger Ranch first for great burgers, pasta, or breakfast if you’re running on empty. It doesn’t take long before you’re away from civilization and into rolling hills with oak trees and the Russian River running through the canyon below. There are several tubing spots and fishing spots along the road. The vineyards begin near Yorkville, a small blink of a place that used to have Christmas Tree Farms, that have gone to grapes. There is a store here, hours are somewhat irregular. Several wineries in pretty locations are along Hwy 128, with areas to picnic. Booneville and Philo are beautiful towns. There is a county fair in September in Booneville that is a great small town affair. Outside of Philo is Hendy Woods, a beautiful park with huge redwoods. Further along the Navarro River begins. There are several nice spots to take a dip or sun. The water is refreshing and cold. The redwoods are thick along this road until just outside of a little town called Navarro, with a store and Paul Dimmick campground a few minutes away. There is a wide beach where Hwy 128 joins Hwy 1 north, where seals can often be seen playing at the wave line. I love this drive. It’s peaceful and full of multiple experiences. You can relax in total quiet, or be with others — it’s up to you. To return, either go down Hwy 1 back to Sonoma County (a 2 hour drive, but beautiful!) or turn around and catch some of the spots you missed on the way up.