Wine Country Blog: innsights to the wine Country


Posted by Meilani N on March 17, 2012

I was reviewing some of the previous Wine Country Blog posts and you must think we do nothing but eat and drink...and eat and drink in the Sonoma wine country. Here at Farmhouse Inn we do seem to focus on those activities but there is quite a lot more to do in Sonoma County. The Russian River (canoeing, kayaking, fishing) runs right through the valley out to the Sonoma Coast.  Armstrong Redwoods (and trail riding through the park) is right down the road. Farmers Markets and farms galore, museums (Charles Schulz, anyone?), skydiving, ziplining...what is your pleasure?

Spring is just around the corner (after we get through the St. Patrick's Day celebrations) and that brings Easter - my grandgirls are coming to visit.  I bribed them with a trip to one of Sonoma County's most precious treasures...a visit to Safari West - maybe even on Easter Sunday for the Hunt for the Hare"Every once in a while Danielle (age 12) expresses an interest in being a veterinarian and is interested in all things scientific.  And Jessica (age 10) is an extremely good student and curious about everything- I think they would both get lot out of a Safari Adventure at the animal preserve. It may not be Africa, but it's close! The animals are running free around your safari jeep allowing for a certain amount of interaction with the animals.  These pictures will tell the story.

Safari west baby  baby flamingo
Baby flamingo for the flamingo exhibit
Safari West Baby 
 Baby Colubus monkey
Brand New baby monkey
 Zebra babies
Mom & baby Zebra
 baby ibex safari west
Baby Ibex
 Giraffes and baby safari west
Love that baby giraffe
 Baby crane
Baby crane? or?
 Giraffe & baby

Can you guess what some of the babies above are?  Some are obvious but for better pictures and descriptions you should visit the Safari West Facebook page (and become a fan while you are there).
 In case you are wondering how close you can get to the animals...when you go out on the Safari Adventure tour you actually drive around looking for the animals and almost anything can happen.

Safari West Adventure tour

The Preserve offers some wonderful events during the year-  some how wine manages to creep into everything in the wine country...they have a "Winos and Rhinos" Tour and a "Brews and Buffalos" tour- one of a kind beer sampling adventure on the wilds of the Sonoma Serengeti! And for Mother's Day the "Wild about Moms" brunch and tour but my favorite is the "Romp with the Animals" every New Year's.  Of course, we are all about romance here at the Farmhouse Inn so the Valentine's "Wild Jungle Love Tour" might be just the ticket.

Not kidding about the rhinos...have a look!

White rhinos safari west  white rhinos with squirrel
and squirrelly friend...psst- did you hear the one?
 white rhino charging

 Some more animal pictures for you...take a look at the species list on their site - truly astounding.  The website goes into the history of the Wildlife preserve and Peter Lang's original vision.  Thank goodness he decided to locate his sanctuary in Sonoma Wine country so we get the opportunity to share in his passion.

Lemure Safari West
My what big Lemur eyes you have...
 Safari West horns
a friendly warthog

They have quite a number of species of birds also, everything from a "Bustard" (White bellied) to a "Wood Rail" (Grey necked). They just had a baby Lorikeet hatch recently...a face only a mother could love.

Baby Lorikeet
baby lorikeet
ostrich Safari West's lookin' at you!
 Crowned cranenice hairpiece
 Andy - Safari West
Andy with his breakfast
 ostrich  Blue bird of sonoma

My very favorite though are the giraffes...such excitement everytime they have a new baby born out at Safari West.  A smattering of photos for "Stretch" and "Dozer" - you have to come to meet them.

 wink - wink giraffe
wink, wink...
 sonoma curious giraffe
whaddyu lookin' at?
Wine tasting sonoma 
Wine tasting- giraffe style!

  Yes, there are so many more pictures but I just don't think photos can do the experience justice- you have to come and experience it for yourself. 

Maybe this video will make the decision for you!

Safari West has quite a few videos on YouTube (even a couple showing giraffes being born- I couldn't decide what to share.  Check it out.

Sonoma hair do
Newly coiffed for company
lemurs in sonoma
 Sonoma band of ...
cheetahs safari west
So beautiful...

 sonoma country

Next time you are planning a trip to the Sonoma Wine Country allow time for a day at Safari West (they are only 15 minutes away from Farmhouse Inn) and yes, they have BQ lunches and dinners and a cafe for snacks- 'lest you thought we forgot about the food entirely.  I leave you with one last picture of this very regal fellow...'Til next week!
Romance in the wine country

Topics: wine country, Russian River, Facebook, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, Farmer's Markets, romance, Safari west, ziplining

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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