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The Vineman

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

About 2,000 athletes participated in the Vineman, which included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run last weekend July 19, 2009

It was an extremely warm day, with runners talking about being ‘cooked’, and marred by a falling oak tree which injured some cyclists.  The event is huge, drawing participants from all areas of the state and country.  For entry form and info, see:  http://www.vineman.com/Assets/Entry+Forms/2009+70.3+Entry+Form.pdf

For those interested in the course, please see below, and if you need lodging for next year, please see www.SonomaCountyVacations.com for some great choices.

Race Course

Swim Course Details:

The Vineman Ironman 70.3 swim is staged at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, California. The swim takes place in the Russian River. Groups of 75-150 swimmers at a time will start in 8 minute intervals beginning at 6:30 A.M. Water temperatures should be between 72 and 74 degrees; wetsuits will be allowed as this falls within USA Triathlon guidelines.

The swim course is an out & back course which starts in front of the dam at Johnson’s Beach and proceeds upstream stream to the turn-around point. Swimmers will keep the swim buoys on their left-hand side for the entire swim. A neutral area, which is marked with buoys, where there are no swimmers will separate the swimmers on the outbound and return legs of the swim. The swim course, which averages between 4 and 7 feet in depth, will be monitored by lifeguards in kayaks. The swim course will remain open for one hour and 15 minutes after the last wave of swimmers begins. Click here for the course map.

Between the Russian River being dammed in a number of locations near Guerneville and the fact that it almost never rains in Sonoma County between June 1st and October 15th, there is very little current in the river during this time period. Under typical conditions, a 25-minute mile swimmer should expect it to take about one minute longer to make it to the turn-around point (swimming against the stream) than it would to return back to the swim finish from the turn-around (swimming with the current.)

The dam at Johnson’s Beach is a seasonal dam which is up only in the summer months. The dam is scheduled to be in place by June 20th and will remain in the river until after Labor Day.

Johnson’s Beach has been a favorite summertime spot in Sonoma County for decades. The beauty of the redwoods which line the banks of the Russian River, the serenity of the flowing river, and the down-to-earth people who run Johnson’s Beach and Resort make it a truly special place. The concession stand at Johnson’s Beach is open daily and is famous for its giant draft beers and its fresh grilled hamburgers.

Bike Course Details:

The bike portion of the Vineman Ironman 70.3 is simply a great course. It is challenging, but not too difficult. Its many rolling hills and curves are technically demanding. It has 1600 feet of climbing, a 385 foot climb on Chalk Hill, which is enough of a challenge because of the location. Its comes at 45 miles into the ride to keep you honest in your training and rave pacing. But most of all the course is extremely beautiful, passing endless miles of vineyards and dozens of wineries.

The bike begins at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville and finishes at Windsor High School (approximately 15 miles away from its starting point). Aid stations are located at mile 18, 29, 40 and will be serving water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and PowerBars. NOTE: Gatorade Endurance Formula contains a unique five-electrolyte blend including nearly twice the sodium (200mg) and three times the potassium (90mg) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher as well as calcium, magnesium, and chloride to help you better replace what you lose in sweat during longer and more intense active occasions.

The gently rolling hills are challenging, but not overwhelming. The roads are lightly traveled and will be intensely marshaled by USAT officials.

Air temperatures generally range from the low-to-mid 50s early in the morning to daytime highs between 80 and 95 degrees.

Bike Course Turn by Turn Description:

Click here for the course map

Cyclists leave Guerneville on River Road heading east (toward Highway 101) and proceed 5 miles to Sunset Avenue
– RIGHT on to Sunset & underneath River Road
– RIGHT on to Westside Road
– LEFT on to Kinley Road
– LEFT on to Dry Creek Road
– RIGHT on to Canyon Road
– RIGHT on to CA 128 into Geyserville
– LEFT to stay on CA 128 in Geyserville
– RIGHT on to Chalk Hill Road
– LEFT on to Pleasant Road which turns into Faught Road
– RIGHT on to Shiloh Rd
– LEFT on to Old Redwood HWY
– RIGHT on to Fulton Rd
– RIGHT on to Airpoort Boulevard
– RIGHT on to Skylane Boulevard
– LEFT on to Shiloh Road
– RIGHT on to Windsor Road to Windsor High School
Cyclists will TURN LEFT to enter the south parking lot at Windsor High School to finish the bike portion of the event. The transition area will be located on the grassy field behind the school.

Run Course Details:

The Vineman Ironman 70.3 13.1 mile run course starts and finishes at Windsor High School. Aid stations are located approximately each mile on the run course and will be serving: Gatorade Endurance Formula, water, cola, PowerBar Gel, assorted fruit, & cookies

The run course starts at Windsor High School and takes athletes to the La Crema Winery on an out and back course. The run course will be open for eight hours after the last wave of swimmers begins.

Run Course Turn by Turn Directions:

This is an out and back course. The run will start behind Windsor High School and exit the school at the south entrance turning:
RIGHT on Windsor Rd.
RIGHT on Reiman Rd.
LEFT on Starr Road
LEFT on to Markwest Station Road
RIGHT on to Slusser Road
LEFT on to Laughlin Road which you will follow to the entrance of the La Crema Winery where you will enter the La Crema winery and complete a loop on their property. From this point the runners will follow the same course back to the High School. The finish line is located behind the school on the large grassy field.
The swim takes place in the Russian River, the • A falling oak tree injured three riders, including one man who broke his back, delaying the race for at least 15 minutes.
• Some areas of Sonoma County topped 100 degrees Sunday. One participant said of the final leg: “The run just cooked you.”

Ex-winery manager starts wine, golf tour company

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

By D. Ashley Furness, Business Journal Staff Reporter

Greg Anderson, former Kendall Jackson project manager, launched a wine and golf specialty tours concept called Golf Vino.  Wine infused golf tours offers customized trips of 10-15 people, including visits to exclusive golf clubs in Sonoma and Napa, and behind the scenes tours of one, several of all of Golf Vino’s nine winery partners.  Private Vineyard tours include those with Matanzas Creek, Verite, Arrowood, Atalon, Stonestreet, Freemark Abbey, Cardinale, Hartford Family and Kendall-Jackson.

“Don’t know where to take the family out for the day, away from the city?”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

“Don’t know where to take the family out for the day, away from the city?”

If you are in the bay area, and you need a day trip but don’t know where to go or what to do….How about taking your family on a canoe adventure down the Russian River? It is a lot of fun and highly recommend it to anyone; especially beginners. Even if it is your first time ever, there’s no doubt that you will make it through without any problem at all.

You can get away from the city hustle and bustle for a day, but the memories will last for many years. Enjoy the different birds chirping and the sound of the Russian River waters flowing….along the way see squirrels, and turtles.

You can book a canoe at Russian River Adventures. *make sure you tell them SonomaCountyVacations or Healdsburg Property Mgmt. sent ya!*

45 dollars for adults and 22 for kids under 12. You can fit 2 adults and 2 small children comfortably and they even allow you to bring your doggy with you! 🙂

You meet at Healdsburg a bit before 10AM

You walk 5 minutes to the river and get on your canoe after a short introduction, rules, advice.

After about 4-5 hours, you reach the destination where they pick you up and drive you back to your car.

You do need to paddle about two thirds of the time, but the river is very gentle and should be no problem for beginners.

I recommend buying sandwiches, drinks, and sweets (don’t forget plenty fluids!) and stashing them in a cooler. We had lunch in the canoe along the way. You can swim in the river too. On occasion, you might hit a tree or a branch but that’s normal – nothing to fret over. You can just get off the canoe and pull it through the difficult parts of it. Kids require life vests, and the canoe tipping over is a very rare occurrence.

They even provide you with a dry bag to keep your belongings dry. All you need to do is bring food, drinks, cooler, sunscreen and even a hat if you tan fast.

“Dry Creek Valley Wineries”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

“Dry Creek Valley Wineries”

There are wineries in the Dry Creek Valley that are hidden treasures. Wilson Winery, Mauritson, Amista, Dry Creek Winery, Passalacqua, Michel-Schlumberger, Lambert Bridge and Quivira are definitely worth visiting if you’re in town! These wineries are gaining even more recognition over the years, and spending a weekend driving along Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg for wine tasting (with a designated driver, of course) will definitely be fun and memorable. Do bring your camera for this trip because the views of the valley are absolutely stunning! You will always remember Dry Creek Valley after this trip!

Also, if you get hungry and decide to take a break from wine tasting, you can stop by the Dry Creek General Store for drinks, chips, sandwiches, and salads. It’s a great store with a unique atmosphere, and is often frequented by a lot of people during weekends. It also has picnic tables in the front area for you to enjoy, just before you move on to your next destination.

Have fun discovering Dry Creek Valley!

Loving Lavender

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

“Loving Lavender”

Did you know that Sonoma County is also known for its vast and beautiful lavender fields? Yup, that’s right! Lavender flowers and its oil have been widely used over the years– from potpourri, confetti, herbalism and in food– and there are a number of lavender gardens here that you will surely enjoy!

And, if you love wine and lavender, why not enjoy both in one day? Matanzas Creek Winery will be holding its 13th Annual Days of Wine and Lavender on June 27th, 2009 from 1:00PM-4:00PM. This event will have a live band and a bocce ball court waiting for you and your friends, and of course, food and wine pairing!  Please visit http://www.matanzascreek.com/visit/events.html for more information. See you there!

Sonoma County Vacation Regulations

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

This is one of several updates to all guests in all areas considering vacation rental stays in Sonoma County.  The PRMD department (permits) is making moves to make vacation rentals restricted and we believe eventually illegal in Sonoma County.  This means a traveler’s choice is limited to B & B’s, hotels, campgrounds and RV parks — no more houses — a real limitation for families.

At the root of this movement is Sonoma Valley, which has two sensative areas, one on Hoff Road and the other in Sobre Vista.  Apparently the noise and complaints were so out of hand that Supervisor Valerie Brown was called at night with complaints from the neighbors.  Upon looking into this further, however you will find hyper sensitive neighbors, blocking driveways, screaming at guests, and even installing security cameras to ‘catch’ illegal activity (not drugs mind your or not noisey parties, but things like excess vehicles, swimming in the pool after 10 p.m. and other ‘offenses’ along this venue).  One neighbor even complained to the Board of Supervisors about a wedding coming up in a month with 100 people and invited them to come look.  It turned out that the wedding was an owners best friend, not even a vacation rental guest.

The Press Democrat published an article on vacation rentals which sung the praises of these complaints, and painted a picture of out of control parties, weddings, events, thievery, etc.  This simply isn’t true.  Of over 800 noise complaints in all of Sonoma County (not just vacation rentals, but ALL noise complaints), only 30 were in sonoma valley, and almost none in the coastal or river areas.  That’s for a whole year mind you, and of those, a handful were for vacation rental.

Homes that are managed well either by a mangement company like Healsburg Property Management or Sonoma County Vacations, or a single homeowner who is actively involved with their rental typically do not have the problem, rather it’s the owner who throws up their product on VRBO and let it rip!

We are working with the board of supervisors and the tot board, and the PRMD and have established a code of conduct for both vacation rental guests and owners, to respect quiet time, neighbors, cars parked in the area, trash pick up, etc.  In the 20 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve never had theft at the home or in the area, and our guests have quieted down when called.  Generally it’s first night excitement in being all together, not to be unruley or difficult to neighbors.

It’s further been discussed that folks come from out of the area and don’t give a damn what they do when they’re here.  That’s simply not true.  As a rule of thumb we’ve not only had respectful guests, but they’ve often participated in charity events, come to live here, helped support our communities financially and even bought a 2nd home themselves.

Please write the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and explain how you’ve handled yourselves during past stays, taken care of the home, been respectful of the neighbors, etc.  If you don’t want to see vacation rentals go away, it’s very important!!!  The Supervisors do listen!

Farmers Market has started in Healdsburg!!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Don’t forget to stop by the plaza on Tuesdays 4pm to 6:30pm, and Saturday’s 9am to 12pm noon.  This wonderful farmers market offers a wide variety of stands that will definitely keep you busy and entertained.  ;Just to name a few, there are fresh fruits, vegetables, organic vegetables, cheese, coffee beans, antiques, plants, flowers, clothes, jewelry, most especially local products!  Starts in May and goes until November.  Hope to bump into you there at the plaza!  Thank you very much for supporting the community.

The Season of the Grapes

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The best time each year to see the vineyards is August through October. This is also known as the “crush” season, and when the grapes are harvested. It is definitely one of the most busiest times of the year! Especially for us as guests tend to book ahead of time to make sure they have a home or place to stay. I encourage you, or if you know someone who might be coming this year during “harvest” or “crush” season to the wine country, that it would be best if you/they plan ahead and call now or by July at the latest to reserve a cottage, home or even an estate – depending on the number of guests there will be. We have properties still available, but we have already been getting phone calls this week! Kindly phone any of our agents or staff at the Healdsburg Property Management office and one of us will help you find the perfect home away from home.

Healdsburg Property Management and/or Sonoma County Vacations — 707.433.8899 also 800.454.6674

The 11th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival 5/29 to 6/7/09

Saturday, May 9th, 2009
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is an event you have to experience if you’re visiting Sonoma County! The spectacular organization has been around for 11 years, and it continues to gain recognition and popularity as the years go by. It’s a refreshing experience to be around people, young and old, come together and simply live life through music!
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a 10-day festival comprised of highly gifted and renowned jazz musicians who each bring their own flavor to the event. This wonderful experience will be held in  a few boutique restaurants and wineries, the Raven Theater and Hotel Healdsburg. The best thing about this festival is that it is open to the public!
The 11th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival begins on May 29 through June 07, 2009.
For more information or to show support for this non-profit organization, please visit http://www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org

Very Dog-Friendly, Sonoma County

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Will you be visiting Sonoma County soon, and you don’t want to leave your four-legged best friend behind? No problem!

Various establishments in Sonoma County understand you and your dog’s needs, and there are plenty of activities within the county that are dog friendly. I certainly understand how hard it is to leave your pet dog home alone, as I am a dog owner as well. I understand how important it is to be able to include your pet dog in your plans, and we’d like to share a few options you might like to consider as you head up to Sonoma County…

There are a number of dog-friendly wineries. A few wineries out here have canine companions to greet guests with a big smile as they arrive! These friendly creatures will charm you with their cute and friendly demeanor, and all they ask is that you enjoy your stay at their humble abode! If you will be in the Healdsburg area, we highly recommend that you visit Foppiano Vineyards, Forth Vineyards, Mutt Lynch Winery and Lambert Bridge Winery. There’s a wonderful picnic area with umbrellas at Lambert Bridge Winery, so don’t forget to bring food and a few treats for your doggy!

If you would like to dine at Healdsburg Plaza, there are a few restaurants that will allow you to bring your pet dog with you as long as you dine in their outdoor area. Sitting at the outdoor area is ideal when it’s sunny, and it’s a great way to experience and appreciate the beauty of this small town. There are always a lot of people walking their dogs at the plaza, so your pet will surely make a friend or two.

If you would just like to take your dog to the park, The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department allows dogs in all the county’s parks, excluding Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Spring Lake Regional Park and the hiking trails at Shiloh Regional Park. Just a reminder, your pets must always be on a leash for safety, and please don’t forget to pick up after them as well.

Lastly, we do have several vacation home rentals that can accommodate your pet, so please check with our Healdsburg Property Mgmt. and/or Sonoma County Vacations reservations/sales team for more information and details.

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Hope to see you all soon…Enjoy!

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