Posts Tagged ‘sonoma county vacations’

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!

A Few Tips To Help Make Someone’s Day

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

We come across a lot of people every single day that do things for us without us even knowing it, and through this blog entry, we’d like to give you a few helpful tips to help make things easier for everyone! These are small things that we overlook, yet these small things can actually help someone out tremendously!

Dining Out

  • If you like to eat out with friends and you want to pay separately at the end of the meal, it would be a lot easier and more convenient for your server if you request separate checks at the beginning of the meal. It’s easier to make separate bills/checks before taking orders than afterwards.
  • Don’t take the merchant copy.
  • Be specific about how you want your food cooked so nothing goes to waste.

Garbage and Recyling Collectors

  • Be careful not to overload containers. It’s very time consuming for garbage collectors to get out of the truck and pick up garbage that’s left beside the garbage cans.
  • Never mix garbage with recyclables. Doing this can be illegal, and it takes a lot of time for workers, costing the city a lot of money.
  • For pet owners, make sure to dispose your pet’s litter properly. Sometimes, people put in a bag hidden inside another bag, and when blade of the machine scoops up trash, it often breaks the hidden bags, spraying the litter everywhere.


  • Make sure not to pour liquids down the sink and not in your office trash bin. Leaving coffee, water, juice, soda in the cup and disposing it right away in your trash can can cause a big spill when it’s time to take the trash out. Usually, this spills on the carpet or on equipment, costing money.
  • Make sure to identify what is trash and what’s not. People who clean the office aren’t allowed to remove anything unless it’s marked as trash.

Letters and Newspapers Carriers

  • Make sure not to block your newspaper tube or mailbox, especially on garbage day.
  • Make sure your pets are in a safe and secure place because even the friendliest dogs may have the tendency to go after the person who delivers your mail.
  • Clear the pathway to your house to prevent anyone from tripping.

Remember, a sincere smile can make anyone’s day! Stay happy!

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..

Friendly Reminders For Winter Wineland

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Winter Wineland will be held this weekend, January 16 & 17, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on both days. We’d like to give you a few reminders when you join this event.


•Be prepared to show your photo I.D. at all times. Remember, no I.D. = no admittance.

•You need to show your wristband at each winery you visit to let the staff of Winter Wineland know that you’ve checked-in.

•Keep your wristband at the end of Saturday. You will need to keep your wristband on for both days.

•If you break your glass they’ll gladly replace it, but if you lose or forget your glass it will be $5.00.

•Remember that all the Wine Road events are for adults only… NO ONE under the age of 21 is allowed to attend Winter Wineland – no babies or children of any age.

•Please be reminded  not to bring dogs to Winter Wineland. Some wineries welcome dogs on NON-EVENT days.

•Each person in your party will need to be present when checking in, so the winery can check ID’s and attach wristbands to each attendee.

•Anyone that purchases a Sunday Only ticket will need to check in on Sunday…and everyone in the party will need to be present to have their wristband attached and ID checked.

•Participating wineries will stop pouring at 4:00 on event weekends, even if their normal tasting hours are later.


Winter Wineland will push through, come rain or shine. We are expecting rain on both days, so be careful driving, and remember that you need a designated driver at all times for both days. Have fun and be safe!

Anthony Bourdain In Sonoma County!

Friday, January 8th, 2010

On January 13th at 8:00PM, Chef, author, and tv host, Anthony Bourdain, will be at the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts in Santa Rosa!

Anthony Bourdain is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He is also a 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, and has been the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York for many years. Currently, he has a very popular show on the Travel Channel called, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. In this show, Bourdain travels to different cities around the world and he gets immersed in the food and culture as much as he can, and he always finds a local food expert or food blogger to help him find all the good places to eat at. This is a show that is very familiar to most food bloggers and food lovers out there!

Tickets for this show are almost sold out. Please visit the Wells Fargo Center For The Arts for ticket information, and if you’d like to find a place to stay for that weekend, please take a look at our vacation homes if you’d like to stay in wine country. Feel free to give us a call and we’d love to help you for recommendations on restaurants and wineries around the area.

Hear from you soon!

Sonoma County Vacations’ Newsletters

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all staying warm on this chilly Thursday! We just wanted to share with everyone that by the end of this week, we’ll be sending out newsletters to our past guests! We want to keep you informed with the latest events in Healdsburg and around Sonoma County! We’ll also keep you informed with our latest vacation home specials.

We’ll be adding a link on our website if you’d like to sign up for our newsletters, but for now, if you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please feel free to send us an email at, or give us a call at (707) 433-8899.

Hope to hear from you soon! Stay warm!

Zoetrope: All-Story Release Party at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

This Sunday, January 10th, from 1:00PM-4:00PM, will be the winter release of Francis Coppola’s award-winning literary and art magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. The edition includes new stories from Elizabeth McCracken, Stuart Dybek, Ingo Schulze, and Austin Bunn, as well as a classic reprint from Ernest Hemingway, and designed by actor Jason Schwartzman.

Guests will enjoy a live reading from the issue and wine specials, and admission is $10 a person, and $7 for members.

This will be a wonderful event you wouldn’t want to miss! We encourage you to visit Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale and book one of our vacation homes as we still have a few that are available for this weekend!

For more information, please visit Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

Goodbye, 2009. Hello, 2010!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Happy New Year everyone!!! 2009 has been a year of ups and downs, and although this year has been difficult and challenging, we’d like to think that we still have it better than millions of other people in the world. We have to keep a positive attitude no matter what happens, and once we embrace this way of thinking, we actually see that things aren’t so bad, right?

With this being said, we know and we feel that 2010 will definitely be a better year for all of us! The Sonoma County Vacations team would like to wish you a prosperous new year filled with joy and love!

Please take care and be safe!

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!