Let's bid adieu to 2011 and ring in 2012 with a "to-do" bucket list in the Sonoma Wine country!
Get your party hats on for the New Year...
One of the safest celebrations must be over at Charles Schulz Museum - New Year's Eve kid-style. Count down to 12 noon for a balloon drop and a root beer toast and root beer floats to toast at
3 pm. (Hey- don't forget about their "Museum Mondays for the Little Ones" and try to fit in some ice skating at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena).
For the adults -music and party events abound- Tommy Castro (local favorite) will be at Mystic Theater in Petaluma and Elvin Bishop will be at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa. Poor Man's Whiskey will be Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol.
The Farmhouse Restaurant has had a couple cancellations for the very special New Year's dinner the chef puts on. I think there must be some sort of flu bug going around or maybe too much holiday celebration for some people. See if you can snag one of those last minute openings.
Some folks from Texas weren't able to make their long planned trip so you just might be able to get a room for the night too...what better place to watch football from then from your cozy Farmhouse digs! No driving, fit in a spa treatment, and I heard a rumor the sommelier beefed up his champagne inventory!
Sunday (if you are not into football and recovery) why not head to San Francisco. The Exploratorium is really and truly open and the California Academy of Sciences is waiting to keep the family enthralled. And looks like the weather is cooperating again too!
Not into driving- How about a lovely stroll through our local Redwood Forest...
It truly is like walking in a cathedral... what better place to ruminate on 2011 and make some plans for 2012. Not resolutions...just plans!!
Now...on to the 2012 "bucket" list.
Though things quiet down a bit in the winter time we have a few Wine Country events in Sonoma County that may entice you to come for a viist.
Right around the corner is the 20th Anniversary celebration along the Russian River Wineroad - Winter Wineland on Martin Luther King's Birthday weekend. A great time to visit the wineries during a quieter time of year and you are more likely to be able to actually visit with the winemaker than during busy harvest time.
Music events always abound around the county but the Wells Fargo Center has been having some great shows lately. Gladys Knight is January 6 (no Pips though from what I hear). Then crazy lady Joan Rivers is on January 14th (conveniently the same weekend as Winter Wineland). And human pretzels arrive with the New Shanghai Circus January 24th!
And all the romance of Valentine's Day is just around the corner too. Here at Farmhouse we celebrate romance all year long but seems like the whole month of February the place just reeks of it. We get quite a few proposals and there's usually a couple of our "tiny" weddings in the offing. And of course, Catherine's favorite candy display for the guests, chocolate and conversation hearts even. Special wine pairings at the wineries too - hear a lot about chocolate pairings, believe it or not.
March starts off with a bang along the Russian River Wineroad. The first two weekends have over 100 wineries participating with Barrel Tasting at the wineries. A great, educational event and a chance to buy futures at quite a savings! I discovered a new favorite Zinfandel at Zichichi Family Vineyard during Barrel Tasting a few years back.
April brings Easter, wildflowers and usually budbreak in the vineyards. And the last weekend of the month is always devoted to Passport Weekend focusing on the Dry Creek Valley wineries and grape growers. It sells out every year so make sure to get your ticket early- tickets go on sale February 1st.
So there you have a few plans for the New Year all ready and waiting. We do live in the most wonderful place on earth and luckily don't mind sharing a little. Let me know some of your favorites for the New Year...I have a couple of holes in my calendar still.
Happy, Happy New Year to You and Yours. Be Safe and Healthy!