Posts Tagged ‘sonoma county vacation homes’

One More Week Till Barrel Tasting!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Guess what? 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting weekend is just a week away! Over 100 wineries will be joining this event, one of which just may be your favorite winery here in Healdsburg! There are a lot of great tips and reminders for this event, and you may visit this link for more information Barrel Tasting will take place on March 6-7 and March 13-14 from 11:00AM-4:00PM on both days.

Almost all our vacation homes are near wineries that are participating in this event, so we encourage you to look at our vacation homes to see if you’d like to stay with us.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Say Hello To All The Babies At Safari West

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

You’ll find Safari West right in the heart of California’s wine country, in the field of wheat-colored grass, slopes of rolling green hills is where you will find the essence and spirit of Africa. On their website, Safari West is described as, Not a zoo…not a drive through park…this is the home of Nancy and Peter Lang.Come through our gate and be transported into an exotic, new world. A captivating tapestry of raw sounds and earthy smells; a magic place with the sights and sounds of the Serengeti where the air is filled with melodious chirps from the aviary, squawking calls from gregarious parrots, and a occasional lemur screech. An African style oasis where guests experience a rare sense of freedom and gain renewed inspiration.

Spring is just around the corner, and Safari West has been blessed with a lot of new babies! This is the most magical and perfect time to visit them, especially if you go with your family. They will have a special lodging rate of $150 for double occupancy on most Sundays through Thursdays in March and April excluding holidays. You will have the chance to stay in a luxury safari tent and dine on Sonoma Serengeti.

We have a number of vacation homes near Safari West such as Kenwood Hillside Estate, Sonoma Siesta, Mark West Retreat, Casa de la Luna and a lot more.

For more information, please visit Safari West’s website. Have fun!

Cheese, Chocolate, and Cabernet

Friday, February 19th, 2010

It can’t get any better than that! Come celebrate decadent cheese, chocolate, and cabernet at Lambert Bridge on Saturday, March 27th! Lambert Bridge is a beautiful winery in West Dry Creek Road with a wonderful picnic area. The sun should be out in March, so this will be the perfect opportunity to experience wine country with family and friends.

A beautiful selection of artisan cheeses and a decadent selection of chocolates are flawlessly paired with Lambert Bridge’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. They will showcase their 2005 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, and their new 2006 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon.

For more information on this event, please visit or call 707-431-4670.

Gateway To Passport and Passport To Dry Creek Valley

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Guess what? Passport to Dry Creek Valley is just 2 months away, and tickets are on sale now! This fun event will take place on April 23, 24, and 25. We greatly encourage you to stay in one of our vacation homes since this will be a three day event. We’d also like to remind you to have a designated driver for all three days- have fun but be safe!

We have a few homes right in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, such as Villa Ariadna, Valley Oak, Stillerus, Retreat At Dry Creek Valley, Picnic Cottage, and Redwood Cottage. How convenient is that?

You can also take a look at Felta Lodge, Twin Oak.

Tickets sell real fast, so buy them right now!

Visit Seghesio Family Winery

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Have you ever visited Seghesio Winery? This is the perfect time to visit! Seghesio’s Family Tables just finished their annual holiday break and will be reopening on February 12th. This is a great opportunity to sit and relax away from a busy tasting room. Visitors to the tables will enjoy special treats on the February menu, and they will be releasing Seghesio’s 2008 Barbera on the menu and will be serving samples of their house-cured salumi. You’ll also meet Chef Jon Helquist- his culinary experience began at Chez Panisse, and included Oliveto, the Martini House and Manzanita.

We encourage you to visit any Friday, Saturday or Sunday as they pair their most limited wines with tastes of authentic seasonal Seghesio family recipes. Seatings begin at 10:00AM with the day’s final seating at 3:30pm. For more information, please visit their website, and if you’d like to stay in one of our vacation homes please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Have a wonderful week!

Wine Country Driving

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Hello! Hope you all had a great weekend! It’s been raining for a week now in wine country, and the vineyards, trees and plants are sure happy!

Anyway, we have a few friendly reminders for driving around wine country. We’ve noticed that a lot of people who visit the area have difficulty driving, or are simply oblivious to road rules and proper road courtesy. Driving in wine country is very different from driving in the city or the suburbs. Most of the roads are very narrow yet are two-lane. There are a lot of turns with blind corners, so we encourage you to stay on the right side of the road to avoid any accidents.

Remember, drive slow. Narrow roads usually have 15-25 speed limits. There are also a lot of cyclists on wine country roads, and we encourage you to drive even more carefully when cyclists are around. And remember, share the road. Cyclists are also expected to ride in single file and not side by side.

There is also a bridge in Healdsburg called Lambert Bridge that leads to different wineries such as Quivira, M. Schlumberger, and A. Rafanelli Winery. We would like to remind you that this is a one lane bridge, and cars are to pass alternately, one car at a time. Please be reminded that you are to drive slowly, and you are required to stop a few yards away from the entry of the bridge, and whoever stops first gets to pass first. We have seen a lot of cars driving very fast without stopping whatsoever, leading to collisions.

Hope these tips would be of help! Please drive safe and have fun in wine country!

Watch A Play At The Raven Theater

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

On January 22 & 23, Friday and Saturday, Raven Players present 2 by 5 – Chicago & Cabareat the Raven Theatre. A musical revue featuring Chicago and Cabaret, the best of music from two great shows! 2 by 5 will have the ever popular music of Cabaret and Chicago. Opening night gala is Friday, January 22, with additional performances January 23, 28, 29, 30, 31. They will also have performances on February 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21.

Cast (in alphabetical order) includes John Ballachey, Jarrett Battenburg, Hallie Beacham, Christina Cease, Diane Dearmore, Paul Downey, Denise Elia, Sherri Guinn, Emily Hough, Tika Moon, Melinda Murray, John Rathjen, Tory Rotlesberger, and Dana Scott. Directed by Joe Gellura.

You can get your tickets online at 707-433-6335 or at Copperfield Books in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Sebastopol. See you there!

Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

There are a lot of tips to keep your carpets free from all those stains and unsightly spots before your annual carpet cleaning. The general rule of thumb for spot cleaning is never scrub any kind of stain. It’s best to blot the spotted area, and to work from outside-in. Here are a few tips for dry spills and water-based spills.

For dry spills:

  • The first step to tackling dry spills is thorough dry vacuuming. It’s best to use the hose attachment to avoid working the spill deeper into the fibers of the carpet.
  • If the spot remains, apply a water-based spotter to a white cotton towel and gently rub the are from outward inward.

For water-based spills:

  • As soon as something spills, quickly place a cotton towel on the area to let the towel absorb as much as possible. Afterwards, follow the procedures for dried spills.
  • For spills that have dried up, dampen the area with warm water but don’t use too much! Press a cotton towel to the spot to absorb the moisture. Repeat this rinsing process.
  • If a spot remains, dampen the area again, then apply a carpet spotter and blot.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

Bakers Dozen 2010

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Starting from January 22nd, the annual “Bakers Dozen” exhibit will be featuring art work from 13 northern California artists at The Quicksilver Mine Co. This show will open on January 23rd with an artist reception from 4:00PM-6:00PM, and this exhibit will last till February 28th! This year’s Bakers Dozen features work by 13 mixed media collage artists- Susan Stover, Lois Stopple, Armando Ramos, Sherry Parker, Harley, Micah Schwaberow, Deborah Salomon, Chiyomi Taneike Longo, Louise Forbush, Cecily Axt, Cynthia Granados, Jenny Honnert Abell, and Kirk Hinshaw. If you’ll be in the area during these days, we encourage you to stop by and take a look at the beautiful work of all these artists!

The Quicksilver Mine Co. is located at 6671 Front Street in Downtown Forestville. If you’d like to stay for the weekend, we have a few vacation homes that are located in the Forestville area such as Zen Breezes, Le Petite Soleil, and in Guerneville, Forest House (Waldhaus) at the Russian River.

For more information about this event, please visit The Quicksilver Mine Co..