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!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sept 11-12 2015: Cloverdale Car & Motorcycle Show

Beautiful cars, sharp bikes, small-town fair fun, and hearty food and drink: enjoy all this and more during your stay at Auberge on the Vineyard in September!

Whether you love the "classics" or the "vintage", you'll see them all at the 22nd Annual Cloverdale Car and Motorcycle Show! On September 11 and 12, 2015 dozens of cars, bikes and trucks will gather downtown at the Cloverdale Plaza (at the junction of Broad Street and Cloverdale Boulevard).

Friday, September 11, 2015 begins with an evening cruise through town at 7:00 p.m. before dancing the night away to live music by the Unauthorized Rolling Stones in the Cloverdale Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

Wake up early on Saturday, September 12, 2015, grab some coffee and wipe the sleep from your eyes before you come back into town when activities begin at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and a rummage sale at the Cloverdale Senior Center. Starting at 10:00 a.m., more than 200 classic vehicles line the streets for your viewing pleasure. New this year is the Bavarian-styled Bear Republic Beer Garden with local beer and bratwurst for sale. Or swing by The Pit Stop for beer, wine, and car-show-themed items for sale.

Be sure to stop by and see local illustrator/author Dan Quarnstrom who recently published his book Joyride/Flatout: Hot Rods and Dream Machines, for copies of his book, t-shirts, art prints and more. And stick around through the evening when the Cloverdale Volunteer Firefighter's Association offers their Annual Tri-Tip BBQ and Dance at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair.

While the Car and Motorcycle Show is free to attend, an admission fee is required for the  BBQ and Dance ($24 for adults, $15 for kids).  Tickets are available at the Car Show.

We look forward to hosting your Cloverdale getaway!

Friday, June 8, 2012

North Bay Events, Jun 15-22, 2012

◦June 15 --Cloverdale's Friday Night Live Free Concert Series and Farmer's Market Week #3 of the summer concert series features the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. Cloverdale Plaza 7-9 p.om Fee: Free

◦June 16 - 17-- Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic Family Fun: Bring the whole family to Keiser Park in Windsor for two days of beautiful hot air balloons, food, crafts, balloon rides and fun. Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor Fee: Call for information Time: 5am-11am Phone Number: 707-837-1884

◦June 16 - 17 -- Stabat Mater by Gioacchino Rossini Performing Arts: The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Daniel Earl and with the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra will perform the magnificent operatic Stabat Mater by Rossini with soloists Roseanne Ackerley, Bonnie Brooks, Alvin Brightbill and Michel Bell. Center for Spiritual Living, 2075 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa CA 95401 Fee: $15 Time: Sat 8pm/Sun 3pm Phone Number: 707-527-4999 x9228

◦June 16 -- TEDx Sonoma County Lecture: The TED-style conference comes to Sonoma County! Engaging speakers, artists and entertainers will explore the theme A Sense of Place. What is a sense of place? Why do we form such strong attachments to places? Join us for a fabulous food and wine reception at 5:30pm, included in the ticket price! Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa Fee: $25 student, $40 general Time: 12:15pm - 7:00pm Phone Number: 707-2843-200

◦June 16 -- Fritz's 2012 Summer Soiree Celebration: A soiree to start summer off the right way! We're celebrating the release of our 2011 Estate Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Estate Rose by pairing these delicious wines with oysters brought fresh from the Oyster Girls. Come on out and take advantage of 50% off bottle purchases to enjoy the stunning views from our patio with. 24691 Dutcher Creek Rd, Cloverdale Fee: $30/person, free for wine club members Time: 2-5pm Phone Number: (707)894-3389

◦June 16 -- Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series - Tower of Power Live Music: Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series returns with another season of fine food, wine and incredible music. The summer celebration continues with intimate performances by world-class musicians in a stunning vineyard setting. The Series kicks off with Tower of Power, plus Craig Chaquico. 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg Fee: VIP $80 / GA $50 Time: Doors: 4 pm / Show: 5 pm Phone Number: 707-869-1595 ext. 4

◦June 16-- Pinot & Pizza @ J Vineyards & Winery Celebration: Chef Andrea Mugnaini and her staff will partner with J Executive Chef, Mark E. Caldwell to create delicious pizzas. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Andrea Mugnaini, purchase a signed cookbook and learn the art of wood fired cooking. 11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA Fee: $40 general/$20 club members Time: 11 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Phone Number: 707.431.5479

◦June 17-- Chardonnay and Croquet @ Sonoma-Cutrer Celebration: Join Sonoma-Cutrer for Chardonnay and Croquet.Play croquet while enjoying Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay. After the games players will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on our terrace. You don’t have to know how to play croquet or wear white to have a great time. Space is limited to 16 guests so reserve your spot now. A fun time will be had by all! 4401 Slusser Rd., Windsor Fee: $35 Per Person / $25 Wine Club Members Time: 11am-2pm Phone Number: 707-237-3461

◦June 17-- Camembert Workshop @ Viszlay Vineyards Food & Wine Education: Join us for an afternoon of wine tasting and cheese making! You’ll get hands-on experience making your own Camembert cheese with Sacha Laurin. She currently teaches at UC Davis and has 15 years of cheese making in France. Space is limited to 20 people. 851 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg CA 95448 Fee: $90 Time: 2pm-5pm Phone Number: 707-481-1514

◦June 17-- Mild Hike and Lunch at DaVero Farms Recreation, Food & Wine Education: Enjoy the great outdoors at DaVero for a walking tour of our home farm. These are fascinating hikes will teach you about olives, grapes, and Biodynamic farming. Afterwards, you'll sit down to taste the wines and oils the farm produces, all accompanied by a family-style lunch on the farm. RSVP required. Call for Lunch Menu. 766 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA Fee: $65/$55 wine club Time: 10am-1pm Phone Number: 707-431-8000 ext 1

◦June 17-- Father's Day BBQ @ DeLoach Vineyards Celebration: Say "I love you, Dad" and join us for delicious BBQ goodies, gourmet burgers, a glass of wine, case specials, live music and much more! Call for more information. 1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa Fee: $40/$30 Wine Club/$10 Children under 21 Time: 1pm-4pm Phone Number: 707-526-9111

◦June 17-- le Tour de Hives Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association invites you to celebrate the remarkable honeybee with our first “Le Tour de Hives!” Visit a variety of backyard beehives and beekeepers and fall in love with our fuzzy friends who keep the ecosystem in balance. Experience various hive types and fascinating bee information at every location. Fee: Individual $15; Family $40 Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 829-0617

◦June 20 - 24-- Sonoma-Marin Fair Fair, Family Fun: Headline concerts, and special fair events including The Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest, Luche Libre Wrestling, the Destruction Derby and Petaluma Celebrity Feud. Petaluma Fairgrounds, Petaluma Fee: $15 adults (13 & over), $10 Juniors (4 - 12), $8 seniors, Free 3 & under Time: Varies Phone Number: (707) 283.FAIR

◦June 21-- "Music in the Vines" @ Paradise Ridge Winery Live Music, Benefit: Enjoy live music by Jess Petty & Ken Chambers Duo, while dining on gourmet food and tasting the best Sonoma County wines in the beautiful sunset. Silent auction and raffle. This event supports Disability Services & Legal Center's Housing Program, which helps homeless disabled and at-risk individuals secure permanent, affordable housing. Call for tickets or purchase online. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95403 Fee: $45 Advance/$55 At the Door Time: 6pm-10pm Phone Number: 707-528-2745

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