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Sonoma County Events Newsletter
July, 2000

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Lodging Review -- Gaige House
  • Spa Review -- River Village Resort & Spa
  • Events
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Past Newsletters

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Gaige House Inn Voted the #1 Inn by Travel + Leisure Magazine!
If you are wondering where to go next you should consider a small luxury inn located in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. Here’s what Travel + Leisure Magazine had to say about them: "Toast a new day with white wine in bed at Gaige House Inn. Delicate pan-Asian touches are found throughout this 1890ís Victorian house transformed into a Sonoma Valley refuge, from the Balinese teak chairs in reception to the gorgeous mass of Dendrobium orchids on the library table. The inn has 15 rooms, including three suites in an outbuilding (two come with private gardens on an ivy-covered bank above Calabasas Creek, with runs through the backyard). A masseuse is on call for in-room massages; better yet are the Watsu rubdowns in the 40-foot heated pool. Two chefs whip up such breakfast dishes as pesto poached eggs with goat cheese polenta and chicken-apple sausage." Visit their web site at http://www.gaige.com

River Village Resort and Spa
Located on the Russian River in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, this resort has just opened its doors after a complete renovation. Your hosts, Donna and Gary, have spent the past year remodeling and landscaping this unique and creatively appointed facility surrounded by redwoods. A full service spa focuses on the use of local herbal products with treatments such as aroma therapy massage, herbal salt scrubs and aromatic body wraps. As you walk to one of seventeen intimate cottages (all with kitchenettes and some with kitchens) various aromas sift through the air as a result of the bountiful herb and flower gardens. A pool and Jacuzzi are also available. The feeling of intimacy and health abounds here in this Sonoma County getaway. For more information visit their web site at http://www.rivervillageresort.com

Gaige House Inn Voted the #1 Inn by Travel + Leisure Magazine!
If you are wondering where to go next you should consider a small luxury inn located in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. Here’s what Travel + Leisure Magazine had to say about them: "Toast a new day with white wine in bed at Gaige House Inn. Delicate pan-Asian touches are found throughout this 1890ís Victorian house transformed into a Sonoma Valley refuge, from the Balinese teak chairs in reception to the gorgeous mass of Dendrobium orchids on the library table. The inn has 15 rooms, including three suites in an outbuilding (two come with private gardens on an ivy-covered bank above Calabasas Creek, with runs through the backyard). A masseuse is on call for in-room massages; better yet are the Watsu rubdowns in the 40-foot heated pool. Two chefs whip up such breakfast dishes as pesto poached eggs with goat cheese polenta and chicken-apple sausage." Visit their web site at http://www.gaige.com

River Village Resort and Spa
Located on the Russian River in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, this resort has just opened its doors after a complete renovation. Your hosts, Donna and Gary, have spent the past year remodeling and landscaping this unique and creatively appointed facility surrounded by redwoods. A full service spa focuses on the use of local herbal products with treatments such as aroma therapy massage, herbal salt scrubs and aromatic body wraps. As you walk to one of seventeen intimate cottages (all with kitchenettes and some with kitchens) various aromas sift through the air as a result of the bountiful herb and flower gardens. A pool and Jacuzzi are also available. The feeling of intimacy and health abounds here in this Sonoma County getaway. For more information visit their web site at http://www.rivervillageresort.com

July 1 & 2 -- 11th Annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
5 am Dawn patrol (weather permitting), 7 am main launch & race. Music, food, craft booths, free "kids" area with loads of activities. On Saturday, "Rhythm, Blues & Brew Concerts " at 4pm & 6pm, balloon glow and founders day fireworks show. Louis Keiser Community Park, 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor. Fee: Free Time: Both days at 7am-Main balloon launch & race, Sat. 4pm & 6pm Concert Phone Number: 707-837-1884

July 4 -- Fourth of July Buffet and Fireworks Party
Every year, for the Fourth, The Depot Hotel moves all of their tables out into the garden for a wonderful buffet dinner beside the pool. After dessert, dinner is topped off by the fabulous fireworks display taking place in the air right above the pool side garden. Limited space available, so make your reservations early. Location: Sonoma. Fee: $32 Adults, $16 under 12 yrs. old Time: 6:30pm For more information call 707-938-2980 or visit their web site at http://www.depothotel.com/

July 15 -- Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series
Sunset Jazz with Peter White & Rick Braun. Once again Jazz enthusiasts will have an opportunity to enjoy their favorite musicians in Sonoma County's most pleasant venue in this music genre. The Rodney Strong Vineyard’s Summer Concert Series, running throughout the season, takes place on "The Winery Green" in Healdsburg. Fee: $30 General Admission, $35 Golden Circle Time: 5:00pm For information call 707-433-0919 or visit their web site http://www.rodneystrong.com/

July 20 - August 13 -- 14th Annual Wine Country Film Festival
This festival of international cinema takes place in Napa and Sonoma Valleys in selected theatres and outdoors in open air venues. Four weekend "Mini-Fests" each with a program of films and special food & wine events. Travel packages for two guests are now available. Fee: Ranges from $8-$125 Time: Events run all day and night. Phone Number: 707-996-2536 or visit the web site http://www.winecountryfilmfest.com

July 29 - 30 -- Sonoma Salute to the Arts "Cirque du Salute"
Northern California's ultra premium food, wine, and art extravaganza. This year’s theme is designed to bring out the performer in all of us. Organizers expect to see guests dressed as acrobats, lion tamers, and ringmasters, to name a few. Your imagination is the only limitation. Dancing beneath the stars in the historic Sonoma Plaza. (See http://www.sonoma.com/events.html for July 28th for Salute to the Arts Opening Night Gala & July 29th Live Auction information.) Fee: No admission fee, food & wine tasting tickets available Time: 10am - 6pm Phone Number: 707-938-1133 or visit their web site at http://www.salutetothearts.com/

Planning a trip to Monterey on July 30th? Sandy Shore Productions Presents
The 6th Annual Concerts by the Bay. Featuring Tower of Power & Chris Webber. Location: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa Cannery Row featured in an intimate setting directly above the Monterey Bay. Concert begins at 3pm. Seating begins at 2pm. Fee: $40-General, $50-Preferred Time: 3:00 PM Phone Number: 831-649-1223 presented by Sandy Shore Productions http://www.smoothjazz.com We have two free tickets available for this show. To win: click "Reply". In the body of the message type "Yes! I want to see Tower of Power!" Contest Rules: One entry per person. Please respond by 5 PM, July 10th. We will draw the winners July 12. THIS DATE IS NOT TRANSFERABLE. Winners will meet our FreeRun representative at the will call desk after 1pm. Please do NOT apply if you will not be in the Monterey area July 30, 2000. Only the winner will be contacted. FreeRun employees or past employees are not eligible to enter this contest.

more events
For more events in the Sonoma County area for the rest of 2000 please look through our extensive Events Calendar: http://www.sonoma.com/events.html

Check out this site for weather predictions, choose the San Francisco area: http://www.weatherplanner.com

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