Monday, February 8, 2016

Flavor & Hospitality: The Wine Road Celebrates 40 Years

Since 1976, northern Sonoma County's wineries and lodging establishments have welcomed guests as they discover the region's beauty, flavors and comfort.  What started as a simple group of nine wineries, today's network is more than 250 locations strong with a myriad of events offered throughout the year.  As one of this organization's lodging hosts, we at Auberge on the Vineyard offer an open invitation for all to come experience northern Sonoma County on The Wine Road!

While a road is normally a means of getting from one place to the next, our "road" is more a guide to all those places that you might miss on a normal pavement-oriented trip.  Tucked into the area's rolling hills are hidden gems: beautiful vineyards, welcoming homes and unforgettable sights along the way.  For most, it is a challenge - nay, a near impossibility - to visit them all. Are you one of the brave who will tackle the quest?

No matter when you visit during our 40th year, there is sure to be something to do along The Wine Road.  Holiday celebrations, dining extravaganzas, pairing guides, hikes, art functions, formal events; Barrel Tasting in March, California Wine Month in September, the Wine & Food Affair in November... just choose your date and there is something happening!

Each area of The Wine Road is easily accessible from Healdsburg. Our central location offers easy access to each section of The Wine Road: most locations are within a 30-minute drive either north or south.

Come celebrate with us in 2016 and discover Sonoma Valley: our doors are open and the lights are on!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Cloverdale Citrus Fair: BIG Small-Town fun

Start the New Year off right with a visit to Auberge on the Vineyard during the Cloverdale Citrus Fair.  Held on President's weekend: February 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2016, this is the earliest event held in the state each year!

While the event is a "small town" production, you'll find some BIG fun on the grounds! For years, Cloverdale has showcased the community and treated both residents and visitors to this long weekend of thrills, entertainment and friendship since 1892. While the initial fair was a very small community gathering, it has grown into one of the most anticipated events in Sonoma County!

And let us tell you that the Fair is no small-potatoes function!  With more than a dozen rides from the "Bear Affair" kids' attraction to the traditional carousel and fun house, to the adult thrills on the Super Shot Drop Tower, there is something for everyone ride-wise.

With a name like "Citrus Fair", you can be sure to see your fair share of fruit at the event.  More than 90 dozen citrus fruits are required to be on display at the event (50% of those oranges), and most of those can be seen in the very large exhibits that greet guests at the fair.

Entertainment at the fairgrounds ranges from traditional fair "livestock" shows and judgings to contests and fun stage shows. Musicians grace the fair stage each evening, and special exhibits such as wine tasting and culinary demonstrations let you savor and learn.  No matter where you go or what building you visit, you're certain to find plenty to see and do!

Speaking of wine - this is California, so of course there will be plenty on hand: the Fair just happens to also hold one of the largest wine competitions in the world!  While the judging has moved from Cloverdale down to San Francisco and renamed the "Tri-County Wine Competition", it is still considered a major part of the fair with over 6000 entries from more than half of the U.S. states!

So plan your bed and breakfast vacation with us this February and get a big taste of small-town fun at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sonoma County: An Outdoor-lover's Paradise

When you choose a bed and breakfast vacation in Sonoma County, you'll soon discover that the area isn't all about the wine: there are ample outdoor adventures, including kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding, and more - all just a few miles from the inn.

Russian River
The Russian River offers on/in-river fun in the form of kayaking, swimming, canoeing and fishing.

Originating in Dead Horse Canyon in Death Valley, the river steadily grows until it can handle small populations of activity as it makes its way south.  By the time this 110-mile waterway reaches Cloverdale, it presents a wide, welcoming berth. There are many access points for boating and tubing including the Cloverdale River Park (voted one of the best river beaches).  Several local outfitters offer canoe, kayak and paddle board trips and rentals.

The parks and lands along the Russian River are also great places for birding, fishing, hiking and even swimming.

Lake Sonoma
Boasting more than 5.9 miles of shoreline, Lake Sonoma is perfect for an abundance of outdoor activities: boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking and swimming to name a few.

Wineries and towering trees bear witness to the activities on the lake. Three boat launches offer access to the lake waters,

Over 30 total miles of trails offer everything from paved walking to moderately difficult hiking around the entire perimeter of the lake.

For information on programs, activities, events, lake history and more, stop into the Milt Brandt Visitor Center near the main park entrance.

So plan your California adventure in Sonoma County - you'll get way more than you expected!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Landmark Film Festival Comes to Cloverdale in October

The whole town of Cloverdale is abuzz... and we here at the inn are thrilled beyond words at the first of what we hope will be the annual Alexander Valley Film Festival, presented by the Alexander Valley Film Society (AVFS).

Between Thursday, October 22 and Sunday, October 25, 2015, the towns of Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Geyserville offer up four locations with a total of six activity zones welcome attendees from both near and far to enjoy films (a total of 24!), discussions and presentations with directors and filmmakers, socialization with fellow film-lovers, and of course the closing awards banquet.

"Daring and Courage" is the theme of this landmark event. Narratives, documentaries and special features and panels celebrate the bravery and artistic fire in humanity of all countries and backgrounds. This theme fits in perfectly with the AVFS vision of connecting people, provide films for cultural growth and appreciation, bring the community together and fully appreciate humanity.

From familial and social drama, to adventure and suspense, personal strife and personal celebration, to romance and growth, each movie was meticulously selected to fit the festival's theme and inspire watchers to think, feel, and contemplate themselves and the world around them. From classic movies from the past to brand new creations, attendees will be treated to four days of film choices and thought-provoking discussions.

We are also excited to have an artist come stay with us and hope that they, and our other guests for this exciting weekend here in northern Sonoma County.

Rooms for this weekend are currently available at the time of this blog.  Tickets for the event are available online, or attend "on the fly" and pick up tickets at area businesses when you arrive.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall 2015 Brings Events, Festivals and Fun to Sonoma County

Fall is here, bringing comfortable weather, beautiful foliage and plenty of events to Sonoma County. In fact, there is so much to do in the Cloverdale, CA area that you may have to extend your visit!

If you happen to already be en-route or are arriving this very weekend, the Cloverdale Oktoberfest will fill the town Plaza during the afternoon and evening of Saturday, October 3, 2015!  Enjoy the beer, food, wine, live music and many activities.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 brings the 8th Annual Asti Tour De Vine. The Cloverdale Rotary Club invites you and your bicycle to take part in this extended tour in and around our beautiful town. Choose from the 25K, 50K, 100K, 100 mile, the challenging Rockpile Rumble, or the 100m Flat routes. Online registration is available until October 7, after which on-site registration is required.

Wander down to Windsor on Sunday, October 25 for the Pumpkin Festival/Fall Harvest Festival on the Windsor Town Green from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Note that this is a kid/family-centric event.  Enjoy pumpkin decorating and carving, scarecrow building, pumpkin show, and pumpkin car races.

Just 20 minutes south of Cloverdale is Healdsburg, where the local Farmers Market offers the Healdsburg Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 24. Get into the spirit of the season with pumpkin carving, "mobile" pumpkin races, and plenty of seasonal bounty to savor.

Head down to nearby Geyserville on Sunday, October 25, 2015 for the Fall Colors Festival and Vintage Car Show. This free community event can be found right in the heart of downtown Geyserville and features vintage cars (of course), crafts, wine and food booths, '50s music, silent auction and much more.

Get a taste of local Halloween flare on Saturday, October 31 at the 10th Annual Harvest and Halloween Carnival at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in nearby Geyserville, CA from 11am to 2pm. Note that this is a VERY kid-centric event: while the activities are charming and fun, there will be plenty of children in attendance. Tickets are $14 per child (ages 14 and under)... adults are free! Take part in pumpkin decorating, DJ music, carnival games and other kids' activities.

These enjoyable fall activities are just an overview of the many things to do in the area during your Sonoma County getaway. We are happy to suggest other activities to suit your preferences during your bed and breakfast stay.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sonoma County Sculpture Trail: Public Art Display

Did you know there's a Sculpture Trail in northern Sonoma County?  And did you know that Cloverdale and nearby Geyserville are the heart of this larger-than-life artistic display?  In fact, following the Sculpture Trail is a great way to spend a day during a bed and breakfast getaway here at Auberge on the Vineyard!

The Cloverdale Arts Alliance has partnered with the Geyserville Community Foundation to produce this one-of-a-kind arts display. The exhibit is available to visitors all year, and sculptures are changed out annually to offer a different visual journey each year.

It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned artist, if you frequent artistic displays, or you're just a curious bystander: the art on display is meant to please the eye and maybe even just challenge the mind.  No two people will see an art installation the same way, and our communities hope to provide a unique visual experience each time you visit.

Sculptures can be found in downtown areas, and it's very easy to walk most of the Sculpture Trail in both towns. The Cloverdale Trail extends from Citrus Fair Drive in the south onto Cloverdale Boulevard: three sculptures are just a little south of Citrus Fair Drive, and the remaining sculptures are in town, north of First Street to just north of Third Street. The entire Cloverdale trail is less than a mile in length.

The Geyserville Trail follows Highway 128 through town from the Route 101 Geyserville Avenue Exit in the south to just north of the Route 101 Canyon Road Exit in the north. It's nearly two miles if you want to see 17 of the 18 sculptures: the eighteenth piece is most easily accessible via vehicle from Chianti Road, north of the Canyon Road Exit.

All sculpture locations have been selected for ease of viewing - both from your vehicle, and up-close; there are safe places to stop for all sculpture locations.

And who is on display?  Why, 27 different artists from California and beyond are currently featured on the Sculpture Trail - some more than once!

So grab your camera, your journal, your sketchpad, or just your mind and explore the public art here in Sonoma County!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center 2015 Plays

Live theater is going strong here in Cloverdale, CA at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center!  The 2015 is approaching its end, however there are still a couple of great performances to see this year.

Sin, Sex and the CIA
October 9-11 and 16-18, 2015
$18 for Adults, $12 for students and children
Written by Samuel French, this fast-paced offering is a roaringly fun comedy centered around (of all things) the discovery of oil.  However this isn't your normal "strike it rich" story because the oil has been found in an Indian Ocean archipelago.  O.P.E.C. is interested, however they can't seem to figure out who the islands' representative is to meet with them.  Meanwhile, the C.I.A. gets involved in the form of an unlucky hero by the name of Luke James.  Meanwhile, an ex-marine takes over the safe-house and becomes the romantic interest of an overzealous woman. Add a brimstone-and-fire evangelist, his straight-laced secretary and one mysterious woman who all need refuge at the safe-house, and you have the makings for a hilarious situation comedy!

Miracle on 34th Street
December 4-6 and 11-13, 2015
$18 for Adults, $12 for students and children
Just in time for Christmas, this feel-good family play follows the antics of Santa Claus (or is he?) and one little girl who isn't sure she can believe.

Tickets can be purchased online through the "Buy Tickets" link on the web page links above.

So if you're looking for some live entertainment during your Sonoma County vacation here at Auberge on the Vineyard, you still have a chance to see our talented local performers bring the stories of the stage to life!

The 2016 season should be announced this November: check back for information about next year's performances!