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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My 50th birthday celebrations kicked off in early October with a girls weekend at Pala Casino Spa and Resort. I first experienced this beautiful, fun and luxurious property last summer when Bill and I attended an influencer event at Pala. The lovely people at Pala Casino Spa and Resort invited me back to celebrate my 50th birthday by seeing Olivia Newton-John in concert – they know I’m a big fan! I invited longtime friends since…

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Knock, knock! Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you! I used to crack up whenever I heard or told that knock-knock joke when I was a little kid. Did you? Now I think it’s just plain cute. I’ve also loved the color olive green since childhood and remember when I decided it was one of “my” colors. Eons ago, when I was in sixth grade, I had saved up $33 from babysitting and mowing our lawn.…

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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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Happy weekend and welcome to Seven for Saturday ☀️ It’s been a busy, eventful week around here. I am excited to share a a few things with you so let’s get started! 1 -Celebrated ‘the girl & the fig’  Twenty years ago this month, the girl & the fig opened its doors. It became one of the most – if not the most – popular restaurants in of Sonoma and remains so today. It’s also known throughout…

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For many years, I’ve had “take a ride the Napa Valley Wine Train” on my list of fun things I want to do in Wine Country. So when Napa Valley Wine Train asked me if I wanted to ride the rails and experience one of their new Quattro Vino Tours, my answer was an immediate yes! QUATTRO VINO TOURS The new Quattro Vino Tours, which began service earlier this summer, are elegant six-hour rail journeys…

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