We are hearing people lamenting summer soon being over...but in California and in particular in Sonoma County we still have at least 2 more months of summer AND IT IS PACKED FULL! We got our first hint of fall the other night when we actually had some clouds in the sky (the remains of some storm from the southland that got pulled in) and we were all out in awe of the beautiful sunset...sunny skies and perfect weather every day gets kind of boring, you know. Take a look at this picture of gorgeousness our lead Concierge, Anna, took the other night.
Summer in Sonoma...wonderful weather, fresh produce coming at us from all directions, and more music and food festivals than you can count. And don't forget we are in the wine country and right now in the middle of the harvest and crushing of the grapes.
People assume that with the kids back in school vacation time is over but here at Farmhouse Inn we are getting those last minute calls begging for rooms..."what is going on anyway- why is everything so busy?" September and October are our busiest months every year (yes, even busier than July and August)...the weather is perfect and too many people know it. And somehow, even as busy as we are, the Russian River area and the wineries just don't seem to be quite so packed with people-though some of the winemakers are tired and maybe just a wee bit grumpy.
This time of year brings some of my favorite events (and foods) of the year and I am also managing to fit in a camping trip towards the end of this month. This is the best time for biking, hiking, canoeing the River, and yes, a bit of wine tasting too.
This weekend I will be in Sebastopol for the Cajun Festival (music, wine, food and people watching) on Saturday after hitting up the Jail Industries plant sale in the morning. Believe it or not...coming up is a great time to get some things in the ground to get a good start for next year. Not the crazy flurry of spring but definitely still time to dig in the dirt a little.
And next week is the National Heirloom
Exposition in Santa Rosa...the 11th, 12th, & 13th,a not to be missed event.
Only their second annual but it has gotten huge already and is on everybody's radar this year. There are more than 75 speakers and focuses on the heirloom and local food movements...which is what Sonoma County (and much of Northern California) is all about.
The Santa Rosa International Film Festival
opens on the 12th and runs through the 23rd with 120 films at 5 different venues. I am sure to make it to at least one.
September 15th brings the Heirloom Tomato Festival out at Kendall Jackson winery. If you haven't been; it is hard to believe. 175 different varieties of tomatoes from the estate's gardens...a day of celebrating those tasty tomatoes. Oh yeah...wine too!
Also on the 15th is the Old Grove Festival in Armstrong Redwoods...our friend Dan Hicks will be there - his song "C'mon-a- My House" is what the fun Farmhouse video is set to- it was an instant choice. If you haven't watched it lately it is on the right side of our home page.
The Russian River Jazz and Blues Fest is a wonderful end of summer event right on the river in Guerneville...gets hot- take a dip. Barbequed oysters, roasted corn, the wine pavilion. Too bad...I am missing it this year- Sept. 22nd & 23rd is the weekend I am scooting out of town to go camping.
The first weekend of October brings another "can't miss it" event- the Sonoma County Harvest Festival- this one starts speaking fall to me. "Taste the Best of Sonoma County" - the last of the summer produce and the beginnings of all the richness of fall. The pumpkins, hayrides, the hysterical Grape Stomp competition...
That weekend is also the Fall Music Festival out at BR Cohn Winery in Sonoma Valley. So one day at the Harvest Fair and one day with the music will take care of that weekend.
The Doobie Brothers and a whole bunch of big names out there for the weekend...and of course, wine!
Those are just some of the high points...didn't event mention the Unity Festival, Petaluma's first Palooza, the River Fest over at Burke's Canoes, various other music celebrations, the Renaissance Faire in Sebastopol, various book fairs, art festivals...the list goes on!
The evenings have that coolness of the coming fall...see you at the firepit!