Well, we almost did it all last weekend. My company did not get moving quick enough for the Farmer's Market on Saturday. We went directly to the Healdsburg Water Carnival...music, floatilla, barrel races and root beer floats from Bear Republic Brewery at their booth. Saw a couple of mermaids there too!
Stopped in Healdsburg for a late lunch at Costeaux Bakery (you have to try their Monte Cristo on cinnamon Walnut bread) then back to Farmhouse Inn for our massages but we had to bag dinner out. Went home and made snacks and crashed...not even any s'mores out at the fire pit like I had planned.
We all know about Bear Republic and their ales...but the Root Beer float was perfect for a day on the river. They have a booth out at the Sonoma County Fair this next couple of weeks. Highly recommend you pay them a visit.
The next day we went to Andy's Produce - 4 grocery bags and a couple of hours later we headed to Sebastopol for more shopping. I tell you - you would think they had never seen an organic, sustainable, family run "produce" stand before. I had to tell them I hardly have to go to a grocery store anymore...Andy's has everything. I wish I had a picture of their cheeses and of course, the 20 or so different olives at their olive bar.
But here is one picture that will give you the idea. They were so jealous of us...living in this heaven of Sonoma Wine country!
Then we had to rush off to the Blue Heron in Duncan's Mills to catch the music and Barbequed Oysters. They have live music generally Wed. - Sun. every week but the Oysters on the patio on Sunday makes that our day! It was all in all a great day and I think my guests got a very good feel for what Sonoma County is all about. I am hoping to get them back up here for the Luthier (Guitar) Festival in Santa Rosa and the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol the second weekend in August.
The Apple Fair is the perfect place
to taste the fruits of this area (yes they will even have some grape "juice" there...can't get away from it in the wine country). But apple pie, apple fritters, cider (even the hard cider) just about anything "apple" you can think of! And of course, family fun, music and food of all sorts.
The Sonoma County Fair is going through the 14th of August this year too. The fair is celebrating it's Diamond Jublilee...75 years of Wonderful! With wine country racing, headline entertainment, spectacular carnival rides, junior and professional livestock shows and so much more. The Hall of Flowers will be a tribute to the 'best of the best' Flower Shows from past years. Free entertainment will includes an old-style vaudeville show, turkey races and lots more.
I just went to the horse races on Thursday...and saw the Budweiser Clydsedale team perform. Such a sight- those horses are humongous! This picture just doesn't do them justice. You have to stand next to them to really get it.
My favorite jockey (Russell Baze) seemed to come in second the whole day but what a wonderful afternoon- the weather was perfect, junky fair food, wine, music and wandering the fair grounds - people watching.
I want to leave you with a nice picture of our world famous Miss Charlotte...I posted it on the Farmhouse Inn Facebook page today so you may have already seen it. But there was a horse that raced on Wednesday named "Red Hot Charlotte"- came in second (I don't think Russell was riding that horse) but maybe that's why Miss Charlotte was napping so nicely! (On the chaise lounge by the pool...she found a guest had left a towel for her!).
If you haven't liked us on Facebook yet...you really should! We have a special gift for you ...Geoff (our master sommelier) here at Farmhouse has some wine tasting tips for you - but you have to "Like" us first. If you already "like" us just email us at innkeep@farmhouseinn and we will send you a copy. Or you can "unlike" us and then "re-like" us but I don't want you to forget that last part.
Have a great weekend and I hope to see you at the Fair...you'll find me over at the paddock. Or maybe over by the Cinnamon Rolls...or maybe getting my free ice cream over at Clover...every day between 1-4 pm.