At last, lights and stockings are all hung, shopping and wrapping is done, the goodies and treats are baked...though I see kitchen Elves very busy in the restaurant getting ready for Christmas Eve dinner here at the Farmhouse Inn. The concierge staff have processed literally hundreds of gift certificates...I hope you are one of the lucky recipients.
Our guests seem to be full of holiday cheer; very relaxed and happy. We have lots of holiday treats for them, the rooms all have the decorated live trees this year, and all the great food and wine of Sonoma County beckons. Just imagine getting away to the wine country for the holiday.
The Russian River area is usually beautiful this time of year but this year has been absolutely gorgeous. Every day has been wintery crisp and cold in the morning and then brilliant sunshine and warm in the afternoon. This morning there were icicles dripping off the Adirondack chairs on the lawn and the food in the hummingbird feeders was frozen solid (poor hummers) but by noon it was T-shirt weather!
So what are your plans for the weekend? There is still time to pick up a Buche de Noel or some Cannoli from Cousteaux Bakery in Healdsburg. Word on the street is that it is Tony Bennett's new hangout. He was in town for a concert at the Wells Fargo Center last week and went in to Cousteaux 3 times in one day! How does he stay so trim and debonair?
The Farmer's market in Santa Rosa will have some things for the last minute shopper on Saturday morning...shop fresh and local (easy parking, too). Crab, anyone?
A trip to San Francisco perhaps, always festive for the holidays...Saturday there are two performances of the Nutcracker to get you in the mood. Or maybe Sunday the services at Grace Cathedral or let's pretend it is really winter with Ice skating at Union Square.
But maybe enough running around, let's just relax and cozy up with a movie, there are marathon Christmas Classics all weekend. A Christmas Story- everybody's favorite! Just saw one of those sexy leg lamps advertised the other day. Let's go for a little hike in the redwood forest to work off those Christmas goodies... We'll throw in a little drive to take in the local light displays. Certain neighborhoods are just over the top!
I am off to the Bay Area to see the Grandgirls and do our marathon sugar cookie decorating-- cookies, frostings, and sugary sprinkles all packed up in my sleigh.