Posts Tagged ‘sonoma county vacations’

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!

Hello, Spring!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Spring is officially here! The weather in Sonoma County is warming up, and more and more people are walking around the plaza, enjoying the sun! I’ve also noticed an increase in number of people who go wine tasting in various wineries in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. It’s getting busy around here, especially during lunch or dinner time- restaurants are usually packed, and during the day, lots of people have their meals outside to enjoy the sunshine with their families, friends, and even their dogs.

The buds are starting to break on some of the vines as well, and sooner or later, leaves and tendrils will appear. Watching the grapevines grow is simply amazing, and to the cycle of their growth is humbling. It’s going to be an even greater year here in wine country, and we’re so excited for you to come visit! If you’d like to visit during an event weekend, we recommend visiting on the weekend for Passport To Dry Creek Valley on April 24th and 25th. This will be a weekend filled with amazing wine, fun activities with good music, good food and great company! This is one of the most fun events of the year in wine country, and tickets are almost sold out so please start planning soon!

We also encourage you to take a look at our site and view our newly added vacation homes such as Starr Vineyards Home, Villa Grossi, Kenwood Hillside Estate, Hidden Garden, Sonoma Siesta, Vintage Hills, Calluna Vineyards Guest House, Calistoga Cottage, and Picnic Cottage.

Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, of if you need any recommendations on restaurants, activities, shops- we’re here to help! Hope to hear from you soon!

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.

Yappy Hour

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Mutt Lynch Yappy Hour today!

Celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish!  A day late!!  Everyone with an Irish last name will get a special treat and Irish dogs will be smiling.  With a winery name like Mutt Lynch, you know this will be a good time.  Green wine, Irish snacks, a Hound Lounge so the dogs can rest while you imbibe.  Donations received on the day will benefit the NorCal Irish Setter Rescue group

Thursday March 18th from 5 to 7pm
at our Mutt Lynch Winery
$5 for humans (benefiting the NorCal Irish Rescue Group)
Dogs free!

The Importance Of Reuse

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” is so important and so true, especially today. Did you know that each year, Sonoma County residents produce 100,000 tons of material that is landfilled, with a considerable amount of that being usable items: clothes, toys, books, furniture, and household decor? Isn’t that just shocking? Those items could have been used by someone else.

In order to achieve a waste free society, we really need to reuse, repair and reconditioning these items. Statistics show that the average American throws away 68 pounds of clothes and textiles a year. We really need to think about things before we get rid of them because any item can be reconditioned in so many ways- most of the time, making it look brand new!

In Healdbsurg, there are two thrift stores that provide a great service to our community. Goodwill Industries assists people who have disabilities, lack education or job exprience, or face other employment challenges by providing them with employment, job training, and career services. The Goodwill retail store, on Healdsburg Avenue, accepts donations of usable goods, and almost all the profits go to fund Goodwill programs. The bountiful thrift stores located at Lytton Springs Road are run by the Salvation Army. The proceeds from selling donated goods support their in-residence rehabilitation program that serves men and women with emotional or social needs.

 So, the next time you clean out your garage or redecorate your house, think of it this way- Just because you don’t want the item anymore doesn’t mean someone else won’t want to have it. Giving up your old stuff can even make you money- it might not be much, but it’s still something.

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!

Make Your Own Pizza At Seghesio Winery

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Roll up your sleeves, dust your hands and get ready to toss some pizza dough! Seghesio will be warming up their wood-fired ovens for a special hands-on experience. Chef Jon Helquist and Pete Seghesio will show you how to select the best ingredients to make your own rustic pizza dough. Then the fun begins…you will make your own pizza out on the winery crush pad. Share your creations and enjoy Seghesio wine. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 27th
Sessions at 10:30, 12:30 & 2:30
$45 for Centennial Club members (2 per member)
$60 for guests

Please RSVP by March 12th as this event is limited to 60 people per session. You can call Seghesio at 707-433-3579 ext. 109 or email to make a reservation!

Repair A Small Crack In Drywall

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

A great tip from from Real Simple! These are great tips to replace a small crack in drywall. It takes 30 minutes of active work, plus 25 minutes of drying time. You’ll need a Spackle ($3.50 from Home Depot), a putty knife ($6 also from Home Depot), a fan or hair dryer, fine-grit sandpaper, interior latex primer, a small paintbrush or roller, and paint- ideally left over from when you painted the room.

First, scoop enough Spackle on the putty knife to cover the crack. Spread it over the flaw completely. Do not scrape away the excess. Then, aim a fan at the spot or blast it with a hair dryer set on low for 10 to 15 minutes to expedite drying.

As soon as it dries, sand the surface lightly with sandpaper until the patch is smooth and flush with the wall.

To disguise your handiwork, apply a thin coat of primer using a small brush or roller. Run the fan or hair dryer for three minutes to promote faster drying. Apply two coats of matching wall paint. Use the fan or dryer for two to three minutes after each coat.

Voila! Wasn’t that easy?

Enjoy Breakfast Cooked With Local Products

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Did you know that Sonoma County was voted #1 as “The Happiest and Healthiest Place in California”? What better way to celebrate this than to have a wonderful breakfast made with fresh, local ingredients from different farmers and growers in the county?

Sonoma County Farm Trails will have an Early Bird Breakfast Club – Luscious breakfast using seasonal local products on Friday Morning, March 19th at 8:00AM. This will be held at Hampton Inn 8937 Brooks Road, Windsor, CA. Guest speaker for this event is Kenneth Fischang, President of the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau.

Farm Trail Members can attend this event for free, and for those who aren’t members, the breakfast will be $10 per person. There will be limited seating for this event, so please reserve as soon as possible! You may call (707) 837-8896.

See you there!