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A January 2001 trip to Sonoma County by Eve Carr

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Quote: Most people think of wine when they hear Sonoma, California. And, yes, there's definitely quality wine here, but there's a whole lot more. Let us share with you the treasures that we found in Sonoma on this--and a previous trip. You'll want to pack your bags and go! For more information, call toll-free 1-888-842-2684

Discover Sonoma County

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Here are a few morsels to let you anticipate the fun you'll have in Sonoma County. Enjoy the drama of waves crashing along the shoreline, pampering at spas, plush accommodations, and even camping as you drive north along Route 101/1 from San Francisco to Bodega Bay. Make reservations at Osmosis in Freestone, Calif., and pamper yourself with an enzyme bath--and an incredible masage in an outdoor pagoda.This is the next best thing to being in Japan. In Santa Rosa, choose from a variety of cuisine, from the stylish creations at Mixx, to traditional Swiss-French cuisine at LaGare. Save time for serious shopping. The Gables Inn offers truly elegant accommodations--especial...Read More

The Gables Inn

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Hotel

The Gables Inn Photo, Sonoma County, California
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Located just out of Santa Rosa, in the heart of Sonoma County’s lush vineyards, The Gables Bed & Breakfast takes you back to a bygone era of gentile refinement. As you enter this stately 1877 example of High Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture, you’ll enjoy its soaring 12-foot ceilings. As you admire the three Italian marble fireplaces and rich mahogany spiral staircase, you’ll come to the same conclusion that we did: they certainly knew how to build homes in those days. Named for the 15 gables that adorn the home, the Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn has been artfully decorated by Judy and Michael Ogne. Actually, if they didn’t enjoy operating the Gables so much, Judy could easil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

The Gables Inn
4257 Petaluma Hill Road
Sonoma County, California
(707) 585-7777

Cavanagh Inn

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Hotel

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Innkeepers Ray and Jeanne Farris offer you an outstanding array of features. Comfortable, elegant, but not overly fussy, accommodations come first, where women--and men--can feel at ease. We stayed in the main part of their B&B, The Mansion, built in 1902, but asked Ray to give us a tour of the rooms in the next building, The Cottage (1912) because we wanted to see the artwork mural of his daughter, fine artist Dina Farris Appel. She has a distinctive style that captures the joy of Sonoma County as she depicts wines, vineyards and colorful balloon rides. Our king-size bed with feather mattress was, as so many before us had written in the guest book, like sleeping in a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

Cavanagh Inn
10 Keller Street
Sonoma County, California
(707) 765-4657

Volpi's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Volpi's Ristorante"

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Eating a meal at Volpi’s Ristorante is like stepping into another era. I love this place because it's so authentic. You get a clue that this isn’t going to be your seen-one-you’ve seen-them-all chains as you open the worn screen doors with their metal signs advertising bread. If you are reminded of entering a general store, you’re right because this property at the corner of Washington and Kellar has served as a grocery store for many years. But tonight we’re not here to buy groceries, but to experience the off-duty world of Swiss-Italian dairy farmers. Local dairymen and their families here have been coming here since 1925 to relax at this restaurant and enjoy home-cooked meals...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

Volpi's Restaurant
122 Washington Street
Sonoma County, California

Osmosis Day Spa

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Attraction | "Osmosis Enzyme Bath and Massage"

Osmosis Day Spa Photo, Sonoma County, California
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If you’d like to come back from your vacation refreshed and rejuvenated, make reservations at Osmosis for an enzyme bath and a massage in an outdoor pagoda. It's lilke traveling to the Orient without the jet lag. In this serene, Japanese-like setting, your woes and cares will melt away as you enjoy the serenity of Japan in Sonoma County, California. First, you take your shoes off and enter the relaxing ambiance of the reception area, where you are given a kimono and an explanation of the delightful experience ahead of you. Then, to put you in a relaxed mood, you are given a soothing cup of enzyme tea, which you enjoy in a Japanese style room overlooking an ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

Osmosis Day Spa
209 Bohemian Highway
Freestone, California 95472
(707) 823-8231

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center

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Attraction | "Kendall-Jackson Winery"

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No trip to Sonoma County is complete without a trip to at least one winery. For wine lovers, it’s a chance to taste before you buy, and to learn about new offerings. With over 100 acres of lush vineyards surrounding the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, even those who aren’t into wine will have a delightful experience. I'd go just to see the gardens alone. Located north of Santa Rosa, off Highway 101, this French chateau offers wine lovers—and those who would like to know more about wine—the opportunity to taste and learn about wines and wine and food pairings. Ranked as one of California’s premium family-owned wineries, Kendall-Jackson selects fruit from the state’s best vin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

Kendall-Jackson Wine Center
5007 Fulton Road
Fulton 95439
(707) 571-7500

Honor Sign Photo, Healdsburg, California
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Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County, California, could easily be nick-named “Home town USA.” With a gigantic square in the center and a park for strolling, relaxing, picnicking, and listening to music, it’s a way to return to a different era. This is definitely the place where you'd like to be on July 4th--or anytime you want to enjoy a homey, yet sophisticated atmosphere. In the many boutique shops that line the square, you can enjoy a thoroughly modern shopping experience. We especially like Toyon Books where we look at books—and admire the Head Cat, Dorothy,originally a stray who is now very much queen of her bookshop domain. At various antique shops, you can browse a...Read More