Posts Tagged ‘sonoma county vacation homes’

JULY 4TH WEEK IS HOT HOT HOT IN WINE COUNTRY

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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Sonoma County is experiencing a series of 100+ degree days, expected to continue through the 4th. When the “Cool down” comes, it’s only supposed to drop to mid-nineties. We at Sonoma County Vacations would like to provide guests with a couple of items to help make their stays enjoyable.

1. If you have no pool at the home you’re renting, see about turning the hot tub down so you have a dipping pool of sorts;

2. Make sure to turn air conditioners off at night so they don’t freeze up (in which case you’ll have no air or you could break the system).

3. Most home air conditioners are not sized for industrial strength like hotels. When it’s this hot, they lose some functionality, and no matter how low you turn it, it’s not going to cool down. In fact, setting it below 75 could freeze it up. Be sure to give the A/C a break, especially between the hottest hours, 4-8 p.m., set it a little higher.

4. At night, after the sun goes down open all windows and doors which have a screen, and leave open until early morning, then shut everything, close drapes, blinds, etc to keep the house dark and cool.

Dragonfly Farm

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Dragonfly Farm is an amazing place that you have to visit when you’re in Healdsburg. For years I have driven past the Dragonfly Farm on Westside Road but I recently went there when the weather was beautiful and I had a wonderful time there! I should’ve taken my camera, but once the weather clears, I’ll go back there and post some photos here.

Owner Bonnie Z and her daughter Carlisle Yuill-Thornton invites everyone to enjoy the garden, take a tour from the ducks or laugh with the silly cats. You are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy in shade their new seating area (designed by Ray Degischer).

They also have a seasonal farmstand, which offers cut flowers and other seasonal delights from the garden. Visit their website here. We highly recommend you visit Dragonfly Farm when you’re in town- it won’t disappoint! Have fun!

Easter Egg Hunt in the Vineyards!

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

I know it’s raining right now, but hopefully the sun will come out on Easter Sunday!

Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville will have an Easter egg hunt this Sunday! It’ll be free for the first 200 egg hunters under the age of 12! This is a limited event, so please call them at (707) 857-1403 as soon as possible to join in.

There will also be fun things for the grown ups, such as complimentary champagne and baked goods. Sign up is free but required at 10:00AM.

Have fun and happy hunting!

Passport To Dry Creek Valley Is Just A Few Weeks Away!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Well what do you know? Passport to Dry Creek Valley is just a few weeks away! This event will take place on April 24 and 25, so if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, we suggest you get them right away because they are almost sold out.

We are almost fully booked for that weekend, and we only have a few properties left! If you’d like to stay with us, feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (707) 433-8899. Look for Belinda and Miko and they can help you out with your weekend stay.

We’d also like to remind you to have a designated driver for all three days- have fun but be safe! For tickets, please visit Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley. Happy planning!

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival – Tickets On Sale Now!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is one of the greatest events in town. It’s one of the events that everyone just absolutely loves! People from around the US (and not just from the Bay Area) make it up to Healdsburg just to watch these live performances. This year, Charlie Haden, Ravi Coltrane, Leny Andrade, Oscar Castro-Neves, Geri Allen, Jason Moran, Bill Frissel, and Esperanza Spalding will be performing during these 10 terrific days!

June is an awesome month to visit Healdsburg. This is the beginning of the Healdsburg Farmers Market which is held every Tuesday at the plaza and on Sundays at the parking lot behind Hotel Healdsburg. On Tuesdays, there is also live music in the plaza, and a lot of people bring their picnic blankets and lay on the grass with their friends, family, and even their dogs! There is a lot of dancing involved, too, and it’s just a lot of fun.

We highly encourage you to visit Healdsburg during this time! Please take a look at our vacation homes when you get the chance, and if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and we’d love to help you out!

If you live in Healdsburg, now is the time to volunteer, become a sponsor, or become a supporter! You can find the details here.

Guess What?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We just heard that Mutt Lynch Winery will be having Yappy Hour every month now! This is an awesome event for a great cause. So to all the dog lovers out there in Healdsburg, let’s get together every month with our doggies! It’ll be a fun time with great wine, great food and great company! This is the perfec time to celebrate what our dogs do for us, in the company of friends and family. If your dog means the world to you- like it means to me- then we sincerely encourage you to come support this event.

If you’d like to learn more about this event, please visit Mutt Lynch Winery’s website, and if you’re planning to go, let your friends know about this wonderful monthly event! The more the merrier! And if you’d like to spend the weekend here, please take a look at our vacation homes– feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.

Have fun and see you there! We’ll keep you posted on the dates of Yappy Hour!

Have You Gotten Your Copy Of The North Bay Bohemian?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I just got a copy of The North Bay Bohemian as I was shopping for groceries at Big John’s the other day, and I highly recommend that you get one, too! It’s free and it has all the information on where to go and what to do in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties! It’s an amazing source of information and activities not just for adults, but for kids, too!

They have information on concerts, the best restaurants, the best stores, and they even have different articles that are actually interesting. If you’re coming up to Sonoma County and you don’t have a clue of what to do, I highly recommend on browsing through the Bohemian. We working on getting copies for our office and give it to our incoming guests! So check out The North Bay Bohemian and let us know what you think!

Dormant Tree Services

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Plants cannot continue to grow indefinitely. They must be protected from harsh winter conditions in order to survive. This built-in protection is called dormancy. Dormancy is a physiological condition or mechanism that helps insure the continuation of a species. Our wonderful fall colors are a signal that plants are going into dormancy. Although plants may appear to be dying, they are healthy and will remain so if allowed to remain dormant for winter.

This time of year your fruit trees can be safely treated for the following pests:

Scale – Lives mostly on deciduous fruit and nut trees. The damage will get on fruit and will kill shoots.

Leaf Curling Aphids – Lives on apple, plum, cherry, and others. The damage will cause rolled, stunted leaves; stunted and distorted fruit and honeydew drip.

Pear Psylla – Lives on pears. THe damage will cause honeydew with sooty mold, leaf burn, pear decline, leaf curl.

Blister or Rust Mites – Lives on pears for pear blister, pear rust; peach and nectarine for peach silver. The damage will cause pear blister/rust russet fruit surface, blister, and damage leaves.

Peace Twig Borer (PTB) – Lives on peach, nectarine, almond, aprictor, plum, prune. Damage will invade fruit and kills new shoots. Fruit feeding usually superficial, not deep.

This helpful article was from McCauley Brothers Termite & Pest Services. They are located at 120 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, California.

Calling For Volunteers For 2010 Annual Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour

Monday, March 15th, 2010

2009’s Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour was such a success- everything went so smoothly, and many of the riders (781 attended last year) said that it was the most organized event they’ve ever been to, due to the great work of everyone who volunteered! So for this year, they’re calling for more volunteers to participate in this event.  

This will be a great opportunity to spend time with friends, family, and to meet new people! If you aren’t into biking, who knows- this just might motivate you to hop onto a bike and join a race one day!

Please keep an eye out for further announcements on this event, but mark your calendars! This year’s bicycle tour will be held on July 17, 2010. Thank you and see you there!

For Those Stubborn Windows

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Do you have a window that keeps on sliding down? Well,  we have a few tips here to fix that. You’ll need a ruler/dowel, a pair of window controls (less than $5 from your local hardware store), box nails (about $1 each also from the hardware store), a hammer, measuring tape, and pencil.

To get started, you’ll have to push the window as high as you will want it to open. To do this, you’ll need to use your ruler or dowel to hold it in that position. Place the window control in the channel on one side, then align the top edge of the control with the bottom of the sash. Afterwards, nail it into place. That wavy part of the control holds the window up and when it’s pushed in, it’ll allow the window to slide over it and close.

Then, measure the distance between the nails and the sill and mark the same distance for the other channel. Nail the second control into place. Afterwards, remove the ruler or dowel and lower the window.

It might be a little tricky, but just go through the process slowly and you’ll get it. Good luck!