Celebrating a Birthday at Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Today I want to tell you all about how I spent my 50th birthday, celebrating at Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant in Russian River Valley, about a 30-minute drive from our home. My original birthday plans included a 17-day trip to France with my husband. But the fires began three days before our flight to Paris was to leave. Needless to say, we canceled our trip. By the time my actual birthday arrived, the fires were…

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Wine Tasting at Gary Farrell Winery Salon

GARY FARRELL WINERY SALON Recently my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Gary Farrell Winery Salon in Russian River Valley, near the charming town of Healdsburg, to see their newly renovated tasting room and experience one of their three new tasting experiences, “Inspiration Tasting.” Perched on a scenic ridge with panoramic views of the redwood forest below, Gary Farrell Winery Salon is a breathtaking property with an outstanding reputation for making fine Pinot…

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Weekend in Healdsburg: Madrona Manor and Valette Restaurant

My husband and I both love travel whether it’s a local getaway or to faraway places. So when celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, we always choose to travel as our gift to each other. Bill’s birthday this summer was no exception. We decided we would stay in Wine Country but wanted try somewhere we haven’t yet experienced – somewhere quiet, with a great location and a beautiful pool. Madrona Manor in Healdsburg seemed like…

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Visit to Lambert Bridge Winery

Recently, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Lambert Bridge Winery, located just outside the town of Healdsburg in Dry Creek Valley. Bill and I began our visit with a seated tasting in their elegant Cellar Room, led by Bill Smart, General Manager of Lambert Bridge. After the tasting, we attended an unforgettable vineyard party at their mountainside vineyard near Glen Ellen. In today’s post, I’m sharing some highlights from both our visit…

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A Day of Wine Tasting in Dry Creek Valley

Dry Creek Valley is an American Viticulture Area (AVA) situated west of the town of Healdsburg. This Sonoma County region is home to over 70 wineries and offers plenty of scenic country roads. During a recent stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines, which you can read about here, I had the pleasure of visiting two well-known wineries in Dry Creek Valley with my husband and some close friends of ours. Comstock Wines Comstock Wines is situated…

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Wine Country Luxury at The Residence at Comstock Wines

All my greatest Wine Country dreams came true when I spent two nights at The Residence at Comstock Wines in Dry Creek Valley. Who wouldn’t fantasize about staying in an enormous luxury home in the middle of 17 acres of vineyards and gardens with four spacious master suites and located steps from a gorgeous winery and tasting room? I’m excited to tell you all about this extraordinary property, located a short distance from the quaint and sophisticated town of Healdsburg in Sonoma…

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