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posted 01-10-2012 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Pooh, are you particular about the location for your B&B? If not, there is a place in Occidental that I've read about -the Orchid Inn- which I think has a couple of 2-bedroom units. It would put you out in the country but if you're not focused on winetasting that may not matter. You might also look at The Grapeleaf Inn in Healdsburg or the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville.
Are you by any chance members at Wilson or any of their artisan group? There are on-site lodging units available at some of their places, and they have a guest house with more than one unit in I think its Geyserville. Can't recall the name of it but if you go to the Wilson website there is info about it there.


posted 01-10-2012 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
thank you guys

uncorked, my husband and I stayed at the Lodge 3 years ago and we loved it, may end up staying there again, my daughter was thinking of a small quaint B&B but we loved the Lodge and as Platinum Marriott members it would be our best bet
we are wine club members at Seghesio, definitely will look into their Family Tables, have never been able to do it before because of timing (we usually go earlier in February)

yesilovewine.... thanks for mentioning, i will look at the calendar, thanks sooo much

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posted 01-10-2012 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hey, Pooh...the month of March is going to be full of events. Check out the event calendar on winecountry.com.
Since your daughter is into art, you should probably make the Schulz museum a priority visit...they change exhibits periodically so its not too static. If you do that, go to Flavor for lunch.


posted 01-09-2012 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi uncorked.
Didn't you take a group for a family table dinner at Seghesio?


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posted 01-09-2012 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Pooh---I haven't been on the boards in some time. We've stayed at the Lodge at Sonoma and loved it. It is about a mile from the Plaza, but not a bad walk and they do have a shuttle. Have you thought about a segway tour? We did one last Sept in Healdsburg and it was awesome. Everyone in our group loved it. I believe there is a segway company in Sonoma.


posted 01-08-2012 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
HI-ya Pooh!!! Welcome back.
We were really impressed with the Lodge at Sonoma on our last visit. We didn't stay there, but we liked the location and the fact that its close to town; we are considering it for another time.
We always have stayed in Santa Rosa because it is cheaper than "the usual" places and it sets us up for easy access to go north or south. It doesn't have the ambience of the smaller places, but it is usually less expensive. However, the Vintner's Inn reportedly has that winecountry feel about it since they've planted grapes all around it. I think that Damambo has stayed there; she'll know more.
You are going at an interesting time- I am pretty sure that the mustard will be coming out about then and of course the gardens will be getting in bloom. Strong possibility of rain, so keep that in mind.
With a 16 year old I think that you should have no problem finding alternate activities. And as you know, most of the Sonoma wineries are pretty family friendly so she should be able to go on tours with you and such.
I think the following places would be of interest to all of you: Coppola, Imagery (for the wine label art collection), Benzinger ( for the tram tour), Matanzas Creek( for the lavendar fields and spa products they make), Paradise Ridge ( main facility) for the sculpture garden and the stunning views, Soda Rock ( for the buildings and the interesting history).
If you have the time and the days are nice, of course you'll want to go over to the coast one day- something that we never seem to be able to actually do. If Armstrong Redwoods Reserve is still open, that will be a must for a budding photographer- hope that works for you.
Closer to Sonoma town, the views from Viansa over the wetlands are quite amazing, and you could go to Jacuzzi right next door and do olive oil tastings.
You might want to check out the farm tours program. I think its Sonoma County that sponsors that.
I have recently read that there is a trolly tour from the town of Sonoma and there is a horsedrawn carriage winery tour in Alexander Valley that might be fun.
Whew! that's a bunch...can you tell that its a slow night here?
One thing to keep in mind...Barrel Tasting Weekend is in March so the wineries will be CROWDED on the weekends..not sure of the dates this year ( check www.wineroad.com), but it'll be zoo-like from Fri-Sun. That would be a good time to do other things like a balloon ride and to focus on the Sonoma Valley wineries as they are not part of that event.
Don't want to hog the space so I'll close. Feel free to get in touch if you need more ideas; you know I've got a million of them!:O
Again, glad to see you here.


posted 01-08-2012 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings to all.... specially yesilovewine, damombo, hawkeye (i may be misspelling names and i apologize) it's been a while since i have visited the message board, and i am in need of some advise..

We are planning a trip up to Sonoma/Napa during our spring break in March and are bringing our 16 yr. old daughter, she is a very mature, classy and artsie young lady and she is excited about this trip. My husband and I are thinking this will not be the wine tasting trip that we have enjoyed in the past, we are more looking into enjoying the OTHER stuff that this area has to offer and we have missed in the past visits..... so we were thinking as marriott gold reward members of staying at The Lodge or at the Napa Marriott with our thousands of points but she said "what? we are not staying at a nice little cozy B&B, i am sure that there are plenty there!!"

I have looked and most B&B only offer one bed (what's up with that?) Do you all know of a family oriented nice B&B that accommodates families that you would recommend?? We have not (nor are we set on one over another) decided on wether we should stay in Sonoma or Napa, my husband and I have done both and think either would be fabulous.

Things we (she) would love to do.... balloon ride (which i have never done), bike rides, and she is a photographer so she is very much looking forward into nice scenery photo-shoot (I know damombo loves photography ) perhaps y'all can recommend certain areas that she should not miss.

What else is there to do with the family ? Of course we will have to find some wineries that we can visit with her......

Looking forward to your expert advice
Cheers !!!


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