Wine Country Blog: innsights to the wine Country

October in Sonoma- Pumpkins, Haunted Houses and Indian Summer

Posted by Meilani N on October 21, 2011
Farmhouse s'mores at firepit
Fall in Wine country...October, my favorite...leaves turning, crisp evenings, chilly and foggy mornings, and absolutely perfect 80 degree weather this weekend.  Indian Summer is upon us, the Sonoma grape harvest is getting close to wrapped up, pumpkin patches and harvest everywhere, and several haunted houses to visit - Halloween is right around the corner.

The fireplaces at Farmhouse Inn are starting to get some use, the firepit is very busy every night (love those s'mores)...don't you love the smell of wood smoke in the air?

This is the last weekend for the Tolay Fall Festival on a 1,700+ ranch  outside of Petaluma.  A Native American Village with demonstrations, Kiddie Corral, Creepy Crawly Critters, hay rides and over 5,000 pumpkins (grown by the tolay Twisted Farm) to choose from.  Pumpkin Patch on steroids!  Gunny Sack races and a pumpkin seed-spitting contest. 


This is a good weekend for hitting the Pumpkin Patches- you need time to do a spooktacular carving job, don't you?  But if you get distracted you still have time - Healdsburg is having a Pumpkin Festival next Saturday at the Farmer's Market. 

Did you see the post we shared on the Farmhouse Facebook page of Ray Villafane's carving of one of Adobe Pumpkin Farms pumpkins? This one is so amazing I just have to share it again...

Ray Villafane Pumpkin carving

 Visit his website and facebook page for some more awesome stuff.  He lives in Arizona so I guess we won't be able to swing by on another great event this weekend. It is also the last weekend for the Artrails Open Studios self guided tours. What a great weekend to drive around the Russian River Valley and western Sonoma County scouting out the artists' studios and actually seeing and talking to them about their creations. I only visited 5 studios last weekend but came home with two treasures. I will post pictures of those soon.

                                                                       Pinot on the River


I am going to try for 5 more studios on Satuday but Sunday   

Pinot on the River in Healdsburg is calling me!

Just think, 100 top Pinot producers

in a walk around tasting with food and fun-

as they call it "total Pinot Immersion". Yes!!



Next weekend is Halloween...are you going to a party?  What is your favorite costume this year?  I am going down South to see my grandbaby- it is her second Halloween (Last year she was a cute little kitty) so I have to dress up as something- but not too scary.  Locally we have some very scary haunted houses that pop up around the county.  So if you are into that try the one out in Guerneville just down the road from the inn... in the abandoned Amusement Park yet.

                            DR. Evil's House of Horrors

Their promo video is scary enough for me- don't think I have to actually go visit...they actually have warnings and disclaimers all over the place...not for little kids or faint of heart.  Dr. Hopper's Horrortorium and Blind Scream is another one over in Santa Rosa in an old deserted restaurant. Yikes!

 Hey, before I close I thought I would do a little promo for Farmhouse Inn - we had a guest stay with us a few months ago and she just wrote a fantastic article in her blog but the pictures she took while here were even more amazing!  Take a look at Carolyn's FoodGal Blog and let me know what you think. 

Here at Farmhouse Inn we have our fall harvest display up in Guest Services and pumpkins all over the property.  We are seeing seasonal things changing in Chef Stevo's menus and we are drinking more red wine with the arrival of chilly evenings.

And Miss Charlotte is trying on her Halloween costume!Charlotte Farmhouse cat for Halloween

                                                                  Have a good week!

Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Miss Charlotte, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins, FoodGal blog, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Harvest

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What would be better than good wine, good company, amazing s’mores, and a cozy fire?  I can’t think of anything else I would want!  Joey and I really enjoyed the nostalgia of roasting and toasting the marshmallows over the fire!  It definitely took me back to my childhood and I had no shame in having two of them!  I couldn’t help it!.continue