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Sonoma County Events Newsletter
February, 2000

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We've lined up some incredible Special Offers for readers of our newsletter this month!


  • Sonoma Coast Villa - Weddings
  • The Inn at Occidental
  • The Raford House
  • Osmosis Enzyme Bath and Massage
  • Applewood Inn and Restaurant
  • The Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa
  • The Inn at Occidental
  • Ace Cider
  • Ridenhour Ranch House Inn
  • Weather Forecasts

Sonoma Coast Villa
Are you making wedding plans? Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or an extravaganza, a villa is the perfect storybook setting for the most romantic day of your life. Visit us at and see for yourself how we can help make your dream wedding come true. Enjoy luxury accommodations, a relaxing spa and gourmet food in casually elegant surroundings. Call toll-free: (888) 404.2255, or e-mail us: for more information.

(SPECIAL OFFER) The Inn at Occidental
The Inn at Occidental is offering a free 3-course dinner to guests on the following nights: Wed 2/9, Wed 2/23, Sun. 3/5 and Wed 3/15. For February and March there is a special room rate of $150 per night for any room or suite booked two weeks or less in advance. This represents 40% off normal rates. (holidays excluded) **Please mention when making your reservations call 1-800-522-6324.

(SPECIAL OFFER) The Raford House
The Raford House is offering a midwinter rate during February and March. Fireplace Rooms are $135 per night and Non Fireplace rooms are $110. Any night of the week no minimum stay. **Please mention to receive your special rate. Call 1-800-887-0937 to make your reservations.

(SPECIAL OFFER) Osmosis Enzyme Bath and Massage
One of the top 10 Day Spas in the US according to Travel & Leisure Magazine! To celebrate this news and our 10-Year Anniversary we are offering newsletter readers a significant discount Monday through Thursdays from now until March 24th. (Holidays and Valentine's Day excluded) Enzyme Bath for two Regularly $110 special $59. 75-minute massage Regularly $75, Special $65. Reserve today and **mention this offer (707) 823-8231

Applewood Inn and Restaurant
Executive Chef Brian Gerritsen, formerly of La Toque, is creating exquisite meals to pamper your tastebuds at Applewood Inn and Restaurant in the Russian River Valley. The restaurant's French country-inspired architecture creates a casual yet elegant style with lofty beamed ceilings, a curved copper-topped wine bar and 2 river-rock fireplaces. Visit Applewood's website for photos and menus: Phone (707) 869-9093 for reservations.

(SPECIAL OFFER) The Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa
The Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa is offering our readers incredible savings or rooms rates as low as $129 per night on the following "Hot Dates" Sun-2/6, Sun-2/20 and Sunday 2/27 through Tues. 2/29. There is also a New All Inclusive Group Retreat Package available at $249 per person. (Available Sunday to Thursday). **Please mention when making your reservations. 707-875-3525

Ace Cider
How are your cooking skills? Consider visiting and entering the "Amateur Chef Cider Cookoff" on February 20th,2000 or just stop by our tasting room at 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N. Sebastopol. Call 707-829-1223 for more details.

(SPECIAL OFFER) Ridenhour Ranch House Inn
During the month of February, mention that you saw us on "" and receive a 20% discount on our regular room rates, valid mid-week (Sunday through Thursday).

Weather Forecasts
For weather predictions:, choose the San Francisco area.

more events
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A pleasant break in the rain...

Would to have been invited to the wine makers rain dance! It must have been Some Party because this storm brought 20% of our season's rain-to-date. We're still below "normal" for this time of year so there's opportunity for more dancing. Now we have dew-drops strewn like gems over the soft grass, at night the sweet serenade of amorous frogs in the vernal pools, and during the day, the Snowy Egrets are keeping an eye on those frolicking frogs.

Which reminds me, the big event for many people this month is Valentine's Day. My recommendation: Carpe Diem! Seize the Day! We've included some suggestions above. For my Sweetie, I should buy a 10-second "I love You" spot on some nationally broadcast sports event - that might make an impression. I've bought him chocolate yummies before, which he professes to love, but the uneaten half ends up in the refrigerator; months later it resembles a goodie from Miss Haversham's table. Ah, but the half taken...

People frequently ask me when is the best time to visit - what can I say? It's always nice - Really! No snow, except in the local hills every 5 years, a little frost in the winter, polite rain, never too hot or humid. What's not to like? Come anytime! For those of us that live here, we especially enjoy the winter and spring when the hills are green and the tasting room staff at the wineries are relaxed and have plenty of time to chat.

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