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SUMMER CRUISE INS, SEXY CARS, CLASSIC SONOMA- BRING DAD!

  
  
  
American Graffiti Cruise In Petaluma

 Last night was the Salute to American Graffiti Cruise In (where were you in 1962?) down in Petaluma and the celebration continues all day today...with the music, iconic re-built sets, food and fun to go with almost 400 classic cars on display.  Reminds me of when I used to go to the Hot Summer Nights in Danville every year...love those painted flames. Way cool and sexy classics abound in Sonoma  (I might even be one- vintage at least) -  this video will give you an idea.

Some extra excitement this year as it appears they have found the original Citroen 2CV (Kurt's car) that was in the movie and it will be shown at the event.

Now you may not be able to make it to Petaluma for the big celebration today and you missed the Cruise In last night but there are a few more Classic Car events right around the corner. 

MOTHER'S DAY IN WINE COUNTRY- MUCH MORE THAN BRUNCH!

  
  
  
Amgen tour Santa Rosa

All different kinds of Mom's out there and what do they really want for Mother's Day?  Maybe just a little extra love and attention on this day to celebrate all their hard work and devotion to the family.  I always used to celebrate the day with my parents and a big birthday family get together (their birthdays were the 10th and 11th of May so were always right around the day).  Sure miss that big day with all the family around but can look forward to a little extra love from my boys I am sure (their wives are on it!).

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY IN MAY... WHAT'S YOUR SPEED?

  
  
  
Butter and Egg Days, Petaluma

Spring in Sonoma is the kick off for all kinds of fesivals and parades-
This weekend brings the Butter and Egg Days Parade in Petaluma and the Fisherman's Festival in Bodega Bay with the blessing of the fleet and the boat parade.  Both great events...so hard to decide- just might be able to fit them both in.











FARMHOUSE INN CONCIERGES IN SONOMA...SEXY CARS AND RAM'S GATE

  
  
  
Ramsgate Winery Sonoma

Those Farmhouse Inn concierges are at it again... 

They continually go out and experience all that Sonoma Wine Country has to offer so they can steer the Farmhouse Inn guests to the very best experiences available (remember Anna and her ziplining adventure at Sonoma Canopy Tours?) .  This last week Anna and Meghan went with our Silver Service Steve to Ramsgate Winery and not only checked out the winery but also the Audi Experience at Infineon Raceway.

FARMHOUSE INN "PEEP" SHOW AND A VERY RARE "CABBIT" SIGHTING

  
  
  
yellow duck road to Farmhouse Inn

FOLLOW THE "YELLOW DUCK ROAD" TO EASTER FUN in the wine country...you'll have to read to the end to see a picture we managed to capture of the very rare "Cabbit" sighted here at Farmhouse Inn this morning!  Astonishing!  Was very Eggciting!

FARMHOUSE INN AND WINE COUNTRY SHENANIGANS

  
  
  
Clo poster

BY NOW I GUESS YOU KNOW THERE ARE OFTEN TIMES JUST A BIT OF WACKINESS GOING ON IN THE WINE COUNTRY... remember the post about the Wacky Art in Sebastopol  from Patrick Amiot or last year's post about the Burma Shave signs along the road here in the Russian River Valley.  And don't forget our famous local cow "Clo" and some of her wacky posters.




We survived Bachelor Ben and his Sonoma County dates and Miss Charlotte here at Farmhouse Inn always gets lots of attention what with dressing for the holidays and her very own mug (she's the Farmhouse cat, remember?).

SONOMA COUNTY CYCLING HEAVEN- AMGEN 2012 SANTA ROSA

  
  
  
Amgen tour 2012

May 13th- mark it on your Calendar- The biggest and baddest cycling event- first stage starts and ends in Santa Rosa (our backyard here at Farmhouse Inn).

The Amgen Tour of California  (this is the seventh consecutive year for the race) has definitely put California on the world biking map.  Here in Sonoma Wine Country there have always been the avid cyclers - you see them on all our backroads and bike trails every weekend but this event features elite professional teams and athletes from around the world.  With the scenery of California as a backdrop this race from it's inception in 2006 is bound to soon rival the Tour de France.



The first day of the race starts and finishes in Santa Rosa, the city that helped establish the race and home to three time race champion Levi Leipheimer (our local hero).  His GranFondo event in September is a well known charity event and is also known as "the greatest day out on two wheels".  The GranFondo event in 2011 raised more than $250,000 to support various charities  including Sonoma County Elementary Schools,  Sonoma County Emergency Responders, and the LIVESTRONG foundation.  Three amazing routes for different levels of expertise-  I will see you at the Piccolo Route...32 miles for recreational and beginner cyclists. no big hills for me...just keep me in the flat valleys through the gorgeous redwoods and vineyards.  (No way on that 103 mile Gran route no matter how beautiful.)

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WILDLIFE ADVENTURES

  
  
  
Safari west baby

I was reviewing some of the previous Wine Country Blog posts and you must think we do nothing but eat and drink...and eat and drink and...here in the Sonoma wine country. Here at Farmhouse Inn we do seem to focus on those activities but there is quite a lot more to do in Sonoma County. The Russian River (canoeing, kayaking, fishing) runs right through the valley out to the Sonoma Coast.  Armstrong Redwoods (and trail riding through the park) is right down the road. Farmers Markets and farms galore, museums (Charles Schulz, anyone?), skydiving, ziplining...what is your pleasure?

Spring is just around the corner (after we get through the St. Patrick's Day celebrations) and that brings Easter - my grandgirls are coming to visit.  I bribed them with a trip to one of Sonoma County's most precious treasures...a visit to Safari West - maybe even on Easter Sunday for the Hunt for the Hare"Every once in a while Danielle (age 12) expresses an interest in being a veterinarian and is interested in all things scientific.  And Jessica (age 10) is an extremely good student and curious about everything- I think they would both get lot out of a Safari Adventure at the animal preserve. It may not be Africa, but it's close! The animals are running free around your safari jeep allowing for a certain amount of interaction with the animals.  These pictures will tell the story.

SAFARI WEST BABIES...SONOMA COUNTY ADVENTURES 
 
Baby flamingo for the flamingo exhibit
 
 
Brand New baby monkey
 
Mom & baby Zebra
 
Baby Ibex
 
Love that baby giraffe
 
Baby crane? or?
 

Can you guess what some of the babies above are?  Some are obvious but for better pictures and descriptions you should visit the Safari West Facebook page (and become a fan while you are there).
 In case you are wondering how close you can get to the animals...when you go out on the Safari Adventure tour you actually drive around looking for the animals and almost anything can happen.

FAMOUS FARMHOUSE INN CHARLOTTE AND HER VERY OWN MUG...

  
  
  
Farmhouse Inn Charlotte

ANOTHER FAMOUS FARMHOUSE INN "EMPLOYEE" - OUR MISS CHARLOTTE...

Have you met her?  She is well known for greeting each and every guest and following them around the property...We have bellmen to help acquaint you with the property but she obviously does not think they are totally up on all things Farmhouse.
Also, supposedly an outdoor kitty but known for finding her favorite guest of the evening and inviting herself in for a pet and a cuddle.  Unfortunately, she does not seem to know when she is welcome or not. And you know cats...they are attracted to those that are not true fans. 

MORE WINE COUNTRY... and BARREL TASTING IN PARADISE!

  
  
  
Joe's new puppy "Cookie"

Last week was all about the very unique Patrick Amiot sculptures sprinkled around Sebastopol...this week a bit more elegant with a lovely Sonoma County Sculpture garden at one of our favorite wine country hangouts.

Paradise Ridge Winery has a very interesting sculpture garden but even better they are perched up on the hill above Santa Rosa with a view over the city that is just amazing.  In summertime  (May through October) their Wines and Sunsets is just the place to be on Wednesday evening. Pick up a picnic and head up to catch the amazing western sky with a bottle of wine available for purchase after 6 pm on those evenings.  A few things this week brought our focus to Paradise Ridge. 

One- Joe got a new black lab puppy (yet to be named- see the Farmhouse Inn Facebook page for the scoop on that).  He and Catherine are good friends with Sonia and Dan Barwick over at Paradise and they had some wonderful puppies available.  Sonia is an old friend of Cath's (and part owner at the winery) and Dan is her husband and the winemaker. 
 

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