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Lavender Hill Spa
Located in Calistoga, elegant Lavender Hill Spa is a "garden spa for couples" specializing in state of the art treatments for one or two people. The facilities include private bathhouses - one with a fireplace, each with two individually prepared, cushioned jacuzzi tubs - tucked into terraced gardens.
The complete privacy and unhurried schedule are only part of what is unique about this spa. Relaxing treatments include a "non-traditional" mud bath: a lighter, whirlpool style bath, prepared with volcanic ash, white sea kelp, Dead Sea salts, and selected essential oils. All bath treatments include a facial mask, blanket wrap with light foot massage. Lavender Hill Spa also offers a variety of baths, body wraps, aromatherapy treatments, foot reflexology, and soothing massages, including hot "LaStone Therapy" massage.
For more information and to make your reservations, please visit their website at www.lavenderhillspa.com
Lavender Hills Spa 1015 Foothill Boulevard Calistoga, CA. 94515 Phone: (707) 942-4495 or (800) 528-4772
Editor's Note: "The Grapes Are Coming
Despite the buzz of activity and anticipation, everybody is relaxed. The valley seems to have that effect on people. Winemaker Gary Brookham talks to an East Coast distributor while Jack gives an impromptu tour to two restaurateurs from Colorado who've come to see where some of their favorite wines are made. The winery's owner, Dave Miner, takes time to chat with the tasting room guests.
To read the rest of "The Grapes Are Coming," please visit: http://www.winecountry.com/newsletters/current/miner.html
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It is hard to tell which makes more of an impact - the pig collection (http://www.pigmuseum.com/), or the consistently enormous portions of delicious food. The pig collection gives visual definition to the phrase "Hog Heaven." There seems to be a pig of every shape, size, color, and possible material. There are many porkaphiles who visit the Charcuterie as if they were taking a pilgrimage to Pig Mecca. The food, on the other hand, is just as strong of a draw -- it is common to hear foodies call Healdsburg "the Food Mecca of Northern California." Chef/Owner, Patrick Martin, is from the South of France (Nimes to be exact). Masterfully using the cooking style of the Mediterranean, he coaxes the most amazing flavors out of the bountiful local food products!
If your visit is at lunch time, you might want to feast on the Smoked Chicken Salad - mixed baby greens with smoked chicken, mangoes, pine nuts, jicama, and blood orange, all perfectly dressed with a vinaigrette dressing. Great flavors in every mouthful! Or maybe you want to have the carnivore's dream - a Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich with Bermuda onion marmalade and chipotle mayonnaise. At dinner time the House Cured Pork Tenderloin, with brown sugar and brandy sauce, is a house favorite. (The pork is cured in a salt/sugar brine for 48 hours before cooking, and it melts in your mouth!) Fresh Bodega Bay Salmon is a favorite dinner special during the local salmon season - Served Herb Crusted, with a Meyers lemon hollandaise sauce was how I found it presented during my last visit. Hopefully, after all this, you will have saved room for one of the wickedly wonderful desserts, such as the blueberry gallette or the beyond sinful chocolate bread pudding! The wine list has something for every palate, and it is fun to be given so many choices. The staff is knowledgeable, and I have had prompt and friendly service - paced for the time of day - on every visit!
Restaurant Charcuterie is located at 335 Healdsburg Avenue, nestled between the K.J. Tasting Room and the Clock Tower building. Lunch is served six days a week from 11:30 until 3:00 Monday through Friday, and from noon until 3:30 on Saturdays. Reservations for lunch are accepted for parties of five or more. Dinner is served from 5:00 until 9:00 Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 until 9:30 on Friday and Saturday. Reservations for dinner are recommended. Visit http://www.charcuterierestaurant.com/ for more information.
Restaurant Charcuterie 335 Healdsburg Avenue Healdsburg, California 95448 (707) 431-7213
Wine Country Travel Tips
For other Pet Friendly places, including dining establishments and attractions, visit: http://www.dogfriendly.com/Cities/cities.html If you don't see the city your interested in listed, try their search feature. The main page, http://www.dogfriendly.com has many additional tips for traveling with your pet.
Please remember that autumn daytime temperatures can be very warm - even hot! Never leave your pup unattended in a closed automobile, even with the windows cracked open!
September 9 -- Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
September 30 -- Calistoga Beer and Sausage Festival
September 16 -- Taste a Rising Star
There are so many events to choose from -- we encourage you to pick your favorites from the full list at:
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Would you like to attend The Indian Summer Music Festival?
September 30 - Indian Summer Concert
4th Annual Indian Summer Music Festival held on the driving range of the spectacular Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel Valley celebrating fall on the Monterey Bay with gourmet food and beverages and world-class jazz.
Concerts held outdoors on the expansive Driving Range at Quail Lodge - dress appropriately for all weather. Attended parking available behind Driving Range. No outside food or beverages permitted. Bags and coolers will be inspected. No video/audio recording of artist performances allowed. Cell phones and pagers turned to off or silent during performance.
Fee: $35-General, $50 Preferred, $95 Café
We have free tickets available for this show! To win a pair of tickets: 1.) click "Reply" and 2.) in the body of the message type: "Yes! I want to see George Benson + Acoustic Alchemy on September 30th!" One concert entry per person - one pair of tickets per winner. Please respond by 5pm, September 6th, 2000. We will draw the winners September 8th, 2000. THESE DATES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. Please do NOT apply if you will not be able to attend on the date of the concert. We're sorry, we will not be able to respond to everyone - only the winners will be contacted. Winners will meet our FreeRun representative at the Will Call desk after 1:00pm. FreeRun employees or past employees are not eligible to enter this contest. Good Luck!
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