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Cook Up Some Fun — Wine Country Cooking Classes

Cooking Class in Wine Country
Last month family members gathered from across the state to celebrate my mother’s 80thbirthday. We decided early on to rent a vacation homein Sonoma/Napa Wine Country. But what to do on her special day with a group of people aged 20 through 80 with interests as diverse as skydiving and crocheting? We landed on the idea of a cooking class. The epicurean adventure turned out to be ideal— a way to …

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Sonoma Barrel Tasting 2019 — enjoy a wine tasting adventure!

Barrels of wine
Don’t miss Wine Road’s 2019 Barrel Tasting event in Sonoma County. This is your chance to sample wines from the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. But this isn’t like your typical wine tasting experience. Barrel tasting happens only once a year Each spring, the grapes that were harvested the prior year, usually late summer through fall, are ready for sampling. Winemakers regularly taste test their barrels during the …

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Don’t Miss This Gastronomical Adventure — plan now for Sonoma County’s restaurant week

Every year in early March, restaurants in Sonoma County invite you to join in a culinary experience, one you don’t want to miss. So mark your calendars and book your vacation home rental now for the 10th Annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week, March 2 — March 10, 2019. More than 120 eateries will be participating this year, from Petaluma to Geyserville. Savvy food lovers know to take advantage of this …

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EcoTourism in Sonoma

Ecotourism in Sonoma
It’s no surprise that tourism is a huge global industry. People love to experience new surroundings, from basking on tropical beaches to exploring ancient ruins. There’s a new trend in travel — ecotourism — that appeals to those who want to submerge themselves in the natural environment. Ecotourism in Sonoma What is ecotourism? According to The Nature Conservancy, “Ecotourism is distinguished by its emphasis on conservation, education, traveler responsibility and active …

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Essentials of a Luxury Wine Country Vacation Weekend

Wine and Country - Essentials of a Luxury Weekend
For the first morning in a very long time, you wake up to the sound of birds chirping outside your window, instead of a blaring alarm clock. A gentle breeze wafts in, carrying in the scent of freshly mown grass. You hear the friendly sounds of pots and pans from the kitchen below at your chosen vacation home, heralding you to a home-cooked breakfast that is sure to have you …

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Sonoma Coast Beaches

Sonoma Coastal Beaches
Everyone knows Sonoma Wine Country for its rolling hills lined with grapevines and fertile valleys. But don’t forget the coast! More than 55 miles of spectacular shoreline form the western border of Sonoma County. You don’t want to miss the Sonoma Coast beaches. If you want to take a break from the inland heat and experience unparalleled beauty, head out River Road (off Hwy 101 just south of Healdsburg) to …

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Walking Trails Around Healdsburg

Walking trails around Healdsburg, California
Healdsburg is the place to taste world-class wines, enjoy locally sourced gourmet food, browse antique and art galleries, and sample the good life! The good news is that you can indulge and feel fit at the same time. Take a look at these opportunities for nearby walking and hiking – your Healdsburg getaway just got even better! Walking Trails Healdsburg You only need to go just beyond downtown to immerse …

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Plan Now for Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting 2017

Plan For Wine Road's Barrel Tasting
What’s fun about barrel tasting 2017? Tasting wine from Healdsburg-area vineyards makes for an enjoyable adventure any time of year, but in spring things really liven up. If you’ve never experienced wine straight from the barrel, you don’t want to miss Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting 2017. This hugely popular event extends for two weekends in March and includes over 100 wineries throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys. …

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How to Choose the Right Vacation Rental

How To Choose The Right Vacation Rental
You want your vacation to be great, and you know the place you stay can make all the difference. But how do you know whether the property  is in line with what you have in mind? How do you choose the right vacation rental? Vacation rental, choose the right one Clarify your priorities Do you and the others in your group agree that a pool or spa is a must? …

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