Posts Tagged ‘sonoma county’

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.

Maintenance at Vacation Rental Properties

Friday, April 12th, 2013

It occurs to us that guests may have no clue as to the preparation of a vacation home. Why isn’t something working when the company has supposedly checked the home prior to your stay? How come a light bulb is out where I need it most, or a faucet leaks, or cobwebs are in the corner?

Sonoma County Vacations/Healdsburg Property Management has one of the company’s owners personally inspect and prepare the property. He trouble shoots items such as smoke alarm batteries chirping, light bulbs that are out, overnight cobwebs (yes, they come up overnight due to the agriculture) and hot tub problems.

Even so, a house is just that, and systems fail and break and go out.

No company or property owner would ever want a guest to be without, or be unhappy, but these things happen. Is it fun to be set on having a hot tub and it breaks down? No, of course not. Some companies have written in their procedures and contracts that no discounts are given for systems that have failed. This is typical along the coast or at rural properties.

To get maintenance personnel out the same day, get parts, etc., sometimes isn’t achievable. Every owner or company does whatever they can and whatever is in their power, but for example, when we walk out the door after inspecting, a smoke alarm battery can fail. A dishwasher may start to leak. A bird may have made a nest in the chimney and because we do not make fires, leaving them to burn unattended in a fireplace, we won’t know about it.

Bottom line — we want our guests to be happy. Is it 100% achievable? No, but we keep trying, as I believe all companies and property owners do.

A Great Article From The Press Democrat

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Hi everyone! We just wanted to share with you a wonderful article from The Press Democrat that explains why you should visit Sonoma County!

Happiest place in California
Study: Sonoma County ranks first in state, fifth in nation for well-being


Do you have a smile on your face and a little extra pep in your step? Well, so does your neighbor.

A massive study released Monday determined that people in Sonoma County are happier and healthier than anywhere else in California — and ranked fifth overall in the nation.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, based on interviews with more than 353,000 Americans during 2009, asked people to assess their jobs, finances, health habits, mental attitudes and communities.

People in Sonoma County assessed themselves as having especially healthy behavior: meaning they ate healthy, consumed fruits and vegetables every week, exercised weekly and didn’t smoke.

The Boulder, Colo., area ranked first in the nation overall. Also ranking higher than Santa Rosa overall were Grand Haven, Mich., Honolulu, and Provo, Utah.

Three other California areas ranked in the top 10: Santa Barbara, San Jose and Thousand Oaks.
At the bottom of the list was the area of Huntington, W. Va. Overall, the Southern states ranked worse than other regions.

Gallup surveyed 753 people in Sonoma County. The survey consisted of 42 questions that indexed results into five categories: life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behavior, and basic access to things such as clean water, safe neighborhoods, fruits and vegeta-bles, and health care.

Sonoma County ranked fifth overall in healthy behavior and 16th in work experience, which measures job satisfaction. It ranked 32nd in physical health and 33rd in emotional health.
You can reach Staff Writer Nathan Halverson at 703-1577 or


Sunday at the Museum

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Did you know that Charles M. Schulz grew up in Sonoma County? In fact, there’s a Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa that people all over the world visit every single year! On January 17, 2010, there will be an event called Sunday at the Museum where you can enjoy pancakes at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, sponsored by the Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club. There will be a lot of activities for kids, games, and hot chocolate! Please call (707) 579-4452 for more information.

If you’d like to spend the weekend in wine country, we have a few vacation homes available on that weekend in Santa Rosa! This will be a very fun event that you and your kids will love. Who doesn’t love Peanuts and Snoopy, right?

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!

18th Annual Winter Wineland

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The 18th Annual Winter Wineland is a very fun two day event where you will have the opportunity to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. This event will take place on January 16 and January 17 from 11:00AM-4:00PM. There will be some wineries that will offer food pairings and some wineries will have tours on these two days. This event will push through, come rain or shine, so we encourage you to book a vacation home with us if you will be attending this event.

There are a lot of fabulous wineries that will be participating in this fun event! For more information, please visit Russian River Wine Road to view ticket information, and for rules and regulations regarding this event.

We would like to remind you to have a responsible designated driver if you are going to join Winter Wineland. Please have fun but be safe and responsible. Take care!