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 County. As someone who loves being outside, I want to begin by showing you the grounds and outdoor spaces at The Residence at Comstock Wines.

The Grounds and Outdoor Spaces

The residence is part of Comstock Wines and shares the 17-acre property with the winery. It is a new villa that has a rustic and contemporary exterior design. The interior is elegant, luxurious and artistic and features the amenities you would find in a luxury hotel.

This is the view from the main entrance of the residence. The building in the distance is Comstock Wines, the wine making facility and tasting room we visited. Guests of The Residence at Comstock Wines are welcome to enjoy a complimentary tasting experience during their stay.

Behind me, you can see the front entrance which is flanked by ancient olive trees. It’s a two-story home with a balcony…

and a wide porch that I took full advantage of.

The porch wraps completely around the residence. Each of the four Master Suites has a pair of Adirondack chairs just outside their outside private entrances.

I loved sitting outside our guest room and watching the birds fly by while sipping my morning coffee or a glass of wine. It’s so quiet at the residence. You truly feel like you are away from it all!

There is a wide-openness to this property. Everything seems so far away but it isn’t. The main town is just minutes away by car.

The back of the residence has dining tables on the porch for enjoying meals al fresco, relaxing, or perhaps playing a board game. The porch opens up to a gigantic patio where there will soon be an outdoor fire pit. The patio area offers vineyard views with a backdrop of pine tree-covered hills.

We loved spending time on the patio together, taking in the fall colors and sunshine.

We invited our friends Michelle and Bill to join us during our stay. Michelle and I walked around the gardens at the residence. An orchard has been planted and there is a culinary garden planted in raised beds.

Mornings started out with fog during our stay, which I love. I took walks around the property each morning before the fog burned off, taking photos and exploring. When you stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines, you really don’t want to go or be anywhere else!

Interior Common Areas

Upon entering through the large glass front door, you’re immediately greeted by art! A wall in the foyer showcases colorful bottles inside glass cases. Each bottle has a symbol of a chemical element. The collection of elements, shown on the bottles, represents the chemical composition of wine. Isn’t that interesting and clever?

Behind the wall you will find a full chef’s kitchen with all the cookware, tableware and glassware you would need or want during your stay, including state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. Just behind the cabinets, there is another secluded kitchen that private chefs may use to prepare meals for guests. Private dinners can be arranged through the residence’s concierge.

While we toured the kitchen and great room, we noticed Comstock Wines left us to bottles of wine to enjoy…and enjoy we did!

A chic and modern wood dining table seats 10. The four of us enjoyed our take out pizza and salads here, then played a few rounds of cards after dinner.

The striking two-story cathedral ceiling gives the Great Room an airy and open feel. The large windows and glass doors let in plenty of natural light.

The ceiling was gorgeous and dramatic, made from natural wood supported by beautiful wood beams.

I would describe the interior of The Residence at Comstock Wines as rustic elegance with contemporary and artistic touches. The beautiful color scheme throughout the residence included lots of natural hues and textures.

In the evenings, we turned the remote controlled fireplace in the Great Room. It was the perfect place to chat, sip on a glass of wine, or page through the collection of art and lifestyle books on the tables.

As a lover of art, I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork displayed throughout the residence. My favorites were the blue sky oil paintings hung in both the dining area and over the spa tubs in the master suites and these owl figures made with paper.

The upstairs Media Room is a large, airy space with a balcony, large flatscreen TV, sound system and plenty of seating for your group.

Master Suites 

The residence has four Master Suites, each with its own unique design and character. There are three suites with king beds and one suite with two queens.

Each suite has a remote-controlled fire place, sitting area, desk, ceiling fan, closet and they’re each decorated in gorgeous neutral shades, luxe fabrics and a variety of textures.

The suites have a contemporary style melded with cozy warmth and comfort.

Each Master Suite comes with its own private entrance. I often kept the double doors open to the outside when we were in our suite to take in the fresh Dry Creek Valley air and stunning vineyard views.

En Suite Bathrooms

Each Master Suite has a spacious en suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub and spacious walk-in shower. The shower has a small window that looks out into the vineyards. You’re rarely without a vineyard view at the residence, even when you shower!

The residence has all the amenities you would want including fluffy towels, plush robes and even Molton Brown toiletries.

The Residence at Night 

You may have already figured out by now that I am a nature lover. Watching the beautiful sunsets and sunrises from this vast and open property was such a delight.

There was a full moon on our first night. Michelle and I watched the moon come up over the hill in the distance while Bill and Bill picked up our pizzas. We didn’t want to go out to dinner and miss something spectacular, like the moon rise!

The residence lit up at night was a breathtaking sight. It glows!

You may reserve the entire residence for yourself and your group or stay in one of the four Master Suites that each have their own safe, private entrance and key. The Residence at Comstock Wines makes an ideal getaway for a family vacation or reunion.

Visit The Residence at Comstock Wines for the ultimate luxury Wine Country vacation. Find more information on their website or email reservations@comstockwines.com to make a reservation or inquiry.

In a future post, I will tell you about our tour and tasting at Comstock Wines and some of the fun things we did in Dry Creek Valley and Healdsburg during our stay.

Make it a rich day!

XO,

Adrienne

Disclosure: I was invited to stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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One of my favorite trips this year was to Carmel for the Carmel International Film Festival. My friend Julie, who you may know from KayandStar, invited me to cover the film festival on my blog.

Julie comes to California every year to volunteer for this five-day event, which includes the screening of over 120 films in 10 venues in the Carmel area. There are nightly parties, live music, and panels along with 300 film makers, executives, actors, producers, directors and celebrities.

Julie invited Bill and me to stay with her in the vacation home she rented with her husband, just a block from the beach and a short walk to Ocean Avenue, the main shopping and dining area in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The two-story rental house was beautiful and so full of natural light. This was the view off the back deck on the second floor of the home. A stunning vista!

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Bill and I quickly unpacked and got settled in our beautiful guest room. Julie had our press passes and info ready for us so I spent some time getting familiar with it all. I love the cool messenger bag with the Carmel International Film Festival logo and brought it back home with me to Sonoma.

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The Film Festival 

That evening we headed out with Julie and her husband to the Filmmakers Welcome Party at the Sunset Center in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. The first thing we noticed when we arrived were the unique table scapes. This one had a pair of white mannequin legs coming out of the centerpiece. How creative!

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The catering was done by Kurtz Culinary. They really outdid themselves with these colorful displays of beautiful fresh fruit, nuts, cheeses, charcuterie and bread. It was almost too pretty to eat but somehow we all managed!

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There were chocolate treats too. Bill and I visited the Marich Premium Chocolate table more than once – I think four times if I remember correctly. This tasty chocolate company only uses fair-trade-certified premium cocoa, whole nuts, and fresh fruit. The big bowl of white candies in the middle was filled with their Peppermint Bark Caramel Popcorn. If you are looking for a sweet holiday treat to give as a gift or to yourself, this is it!

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There were about a dozen Monterey County wineries at the reception too. It’s always a treat to taste wines from other California regions.

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It was such a delight to meet Julie in person. We have chatted often online but this was our first time face-to-face. I am so grateful to have met her and attend this wonderful event.

Julie and Adrienne

Matthew Modine was at the event that evening, presenting a short film he wrote and directed. It’s titled Super Sex and stars Ed Asner, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins  and Matthew Modine’s daughter, Ruby Modine. Don’t let the title fool you! It’s a such a cute film that is sure to give you a giggle or two.

Julie convinced Matthew Modine to take a photo with me. He had just plucked a grape from one of the many tables and was commenting about how huge it was! Such a funny moment – sort of surreal.

Matthew Modine

After the reception, we were asked to head into the beautiful theatre at the Sunset Center. First we watched Super Sex, then Matthew Modine and Ed Asner came on stage afterward and answered some questions from the emcee, Erin Clark who is also the co-founder of the Carmel International Film Festival. The Q & A was quite entertaining! I forgot how hilarious Ed Asner can be. I love his dry, quick humor!

Next, we watched The Space Between, a feature length film written and directed by Amy Jo Johnson, who also acted in the film. You may recognize Amy from her roles on Flashpoint, Power Rangers, Felicity.

The Space Between is an indie comedy about family, forgiveness and coming of age. It was humorous, touching and I enjoyed the plot line. After the movie, the cast came out to take questions from Erin as well as the audience.

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Another great event during the festival was attending the Women in Film reception and luncheon at La Playa Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The reception was outdoors on the hotel’s beautiful patio. It was such a gorgeous day!

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Once lunch began, we went inside to find our assigned table. Look who was sitting with us?

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This event is a celebration of women in the film industry. It brings together powerful women, from many fields, for networking opportunities and to support and encourage both present and future artists. After lunch we listened to a panel discussion led by Erin Clark.

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That evening, all four of us – Julie, her husband and Bill and I – went out for dinner, then returned to the Sunset Center to see Good Fortune.

The Red Carpet had been rolled out and stars began to arrive!

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Bill caught this photo of John Paul DeJoria with the Mayor of Carmel, Steve Dallas.

John Paul Dejoria

Good Fortune is a documentary about John Paul DeJoria’s rise to incredible success after growing up poor and, at times, being homeless. The film focuses on his many philanthropic endeavors. You’ll want to be friends with John Paul and you’ll be inspired to be more like him after watching this film.

After the film, John Paul came on stage with directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell to discuss the film and take questions. Shortly after, John Paul received the first Carmel International Film Festival Creative Humanitarian Award, established this year by the Board of Directors. The award recognizes John Paul DeJoria’s many contributions and achievements and his tireless charitable and volunteer work.

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The last event we attended at the film festival was the Filmmakers Beach Dinner at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. It was a wonderful evening, capping off a fantastic experience in Carmel.

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Exploring Carmel

It just wouldn’t be a complete trip to Carmel without visiting the beach. I took several walks on the beach with Bill during our stay.

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We liked to watch the surfers ride the waves.

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And of course on a gorgeous, sunny fall day at the beach, we had to take a selfie!

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We also watched the sunset…

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a couple times. I love the jagged rocks on the coastline.

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Birthday Shopping in Carmel! 

My birthday was a couple of days after the film festival ended, but I thought it was still early enough for a little birthday shopping! Julie suggested I visit European Jewelers at jewelry store at The Crossroads in Carmel.

They have gorgeous and unique jewelry! Bill bought me a beautiful ring I wear all the time and a long necklace with pearls, amethyst and other semi-precious stones. I love the long necklace layered with the Agate pendant from KayandStar that I bought last year.

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I also treated myself to a pair of tall Turkish boots from Artemis (that blogged about that here) and ordered a pair of peep-toe booties I’ll be showing you in future style post.

Artemis Boots of Carmel

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my favorite highlights from Carmel! It was truly a wonderful experience I won’t forget. Thank you, Julie!

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Holiday Offer from KayandStar

Julie and her daughter Jordan are offering readers a special discount on KayandStar jewelry for the holidays. Take 15% off your KayandStar purchase(s) from now until 12/20/16. Just use code RICHLIFEGIFTS at checkout!

Long Sea Glass Beaded Necklaces

How I Wear My Reminder

The How I Wear My theme for December is “Holiday Party Look.” Send in a photo of you in your holiday outfit to howiwearmy@yahoo.com no later than Monday, December 5th. The posts will go live December 7th.

Jill of Everything Just So and I can’t wait to see your holiday looks!

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Make it a rich day!

XO,

Adrienne

Disclosure: I was given two media passes to attend the Carmel International Film Festival. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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