Father's Day in the Wine Country...Farmhouse Inn "staff pick" for the weekend is the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. Food, Fun, and tethered balloon rides. Get up early and head for Keiser Park in Windsor - I saw "Sushi" there a couple of years ago. I hope she is back this year.
"SUSHI" is a giant goldfish living on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe...Fishermen Beware!
With a Volume of 90,000 plus cubic feet, her tail is 36 feet tall and her lips are 13.5 "very kissable" feet wide.
SUSHI was brand new in June 2001, since that time she has traveled across the United States many times.
Her owners Forrest and Katie love sharing her with her many admirers.
I also saw the "Purple People Eater" there a couple years ago. That is one crazy balloon. Who thinks these things up anyway?
A few years ago I was in Albuquerque for the Balloon Festival and just happened to be there on Special Shapes Day. There were over a hundred of these special shapes, a cow jumping over the moon, a magician, and even a Korbel Champagne bottle.
I just heard from our friend, Mike over at Up and Away Ballooning. He will be at the Sonoma County Balloon Classic with a couple of his balloons this weekend. If you remember from a previous post- he just got in one of the few wheelchair accessible balloons in the world. He has graciously let me include a video of one of his guests' (Guy and Stacey) rides. Mike also offers gift certificates - he's busy with the Classic this weekend but wouldn't a Gift Certificate be a great Father's Day present?
Then after the hot air balloons on Saturday you have a couple of choices for more fun. Quivira Winery is having a Summer Solstice Pizza Soiree from 12pm - 2pm introducing their new white wines. They will be picking fresh summer produce from the estate to use for the toppings on your pizza - Rosso Pizzeria will be there to customize and make your pizza with the toppings of your choice and will provide a fresh summer salad from the estate garden. They don't mention Father's Day -but I think it is right up Dad's alley. Rosso's is one of our favorites- they did our Christmas Party here at Farmhouse Inn last year with their traveling Pizza oven. Great fun!
Or if Dad is into some cool music ...
Amazing wines, breathtaking views - there’s no better way to enjoy a Sonoma County summer than at Rodney Strong’s Annual Summer Concert Series kicking off with Jazz Attack with Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, and Peter White.
I saw them at the Russian River Jazz Fest and fantastic! Jazz and Blues on the Russian River is coming up in September. What a day- music, food, wine, BBQ'd oysters, people watching, and more music.
If you want to make a weekend of it for Dad - on Sunday Sonoma-Cutrer is having their Chardonnay and Croquet again on Sunday.
B.R.Cohn Winery is having a Father's Day BBQ and all Father's get a free wine and Port tasting.
And the Father's Day Annual Car Show at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa should make for some happy Daddy's - if you missed Peggy Sue's Cruise In this last week here's your chance. "Show and Shine" starts around 9:30 and Dad can talk shop with the car owners.
I wanted to make sure to mention Fourth of July is just around the corner and the Russian River (and all of Sonoma County) really gets in the spirit with Fourth of July events starting on the 2nd and continuing all weekend. Family friendly events all up and down the river and most of the local Sonoma wineries hold weekend events with music, BBQ, and spirited fun. Stars and Stripes are in order!
Here's a list...If you don't have plans for the Fourth yet- give us a call! We have some rooms left and Catherine and Joe have some special plans here at Farmhouse Inn too!
Fireworks Over the Bay - Bodega Bay, CA - Saturday July 2nd 2011
Monte Rio Fireworks - Monte Rio, CA (Russian River) - Saturday July 2nd
2011Fireworks in Sebastopol - Sebastopol, CA - Sunday July 3rd 2011
Windsor Independence Day - Windsor, CA - Sunday July 3rd 2011
Independence Day Celebration Guerneville - Guerneville, CA - Sunday July 3rd 2011
Fourth of July on the Plaza - Sonoma, CA - Monday July 4th 2011
Red, White & Boom Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa, CA Monday July 4th 2011
Petaluma 4th of July Fireworks - Petaluma, CA - Monday July 4th 2011
Cloverdale 4th of July Fireworks - Cloverdale, CA - Monday July 4th 2011
Happy Father's Day and Happy Fourth too!!