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2015 IN REVIEW: FARMHOUSE INN MOMENTS

By Meghan Smith on January 16, 2016

The New Year is a time to reflect and look back on all the standout moments of the previous year. It’s also a time to look forward. Here at Farmhouse Inn in California Wine Country we are grateful for so many memories and events that we had to narrow down the list to our top 5. Find out why these 5 moments stood out to us and what we’re looking forward to in 2016.

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Tripadvisor, Travel and Leisure, Farmhouse Inn, Napa, California, spa

A RAINY DAY IN SONOMA WINE COUNTRY

By Meghan Smith on May 26, 2015

This week we've decided to delve into what feels like an appropriate topic of conversation considering the storms we’ve had this week. What do you do in Sonoma wine country when it happens to rain?  You’ve traveled from the East coast to escape the snowy weather and land in San Francisco only to find that you should have packed your rain coat, boots and umbrella. Rain happens- even in sunny California. The question is, how do you enjoy a wine country vacation when you can’t go far and the places you wanted to visit are impacted by weather? The answer varies depending on your interests; but we think a rainy day has the potential to be more enjoyable than you might think….

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Russian River, Pinot Noir, Romantic, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, restaurant, vacation, California, spa

THREE DAYS IN WINE COUNTRY: A SONOMA PLANNING GUIDE

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

Planning a long weekend (or more) in wine country? Interested in seeing what the grape harvest looks like? You’re not alone. Many  visitors to Sonoma and Napa during September and October come for a long weekend. While 3 days may seem like plenty of time in wine country, it really is  considered to be a quick visit. There is so much to do in Northern California that those 3 days will fly by quickly. Fear not: there is a team of experts on hand to help plan your visit so you won’t end up spending too much of your time in the car. The Farmhouse Inn concierge team can help plan your visit to Sonoma County. They have suggestions on everything from where to fly into, on where to dine and what activities are worth considering.

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, events, restaurant, wine road, Napa, California, wine tasting

FARMHOUSE INN EXPLORES INFLUENCES ON OUR WINE AND FOOD CULTURE

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

Food and wine are our two favorite subjects … as you may have noticed if you follow this blog or are a fan of our Facebook page.  Located in the middle of the Russian River Valley, the Farmhouse Inn is in the heart of a culinary and viticulture epicenter. Every week we share our newest food and wine findings with our fans, but this week we'll reflect on the changes in food and wine culture through the influence of the media. (We're impressed with our thoughtfulness too.)

Movies and films have had an enormous impact on our local industry, and social media and magazines continue to reflect these changes. Everything from “Sideways” and “Top Chef” to Bon Appétit magazine and Instagram are changing the way we think and talk about food and wine. Three examples of the media’s influence are shifts in wine preferences, the increasing popularity of the local food movement and the way we make travel decisions.

 

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Topics: Sonoma, Pinot Noir, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, dining, California, Russian River Valley, travel

SONOMA'S FARMHOUSE INN VISITS ANOTHER WINE COUNTRY

By Joe Bartolomei on April 7, 2016

Love Letters from Italy (our second favorite wine country)

If you follow us on Facebook you may have noticed that Farmhouse Inn recently spent some time abroad. Last month we were in Italy; basking in the glow of sunshine, strolling through vineyards and olive groves, and gazing at beautiful old villas perched on the hillsides. While we were officially there to work (we know, we couldn’t believe it either), we didn’t waste a minute of the 2 weeks we had. 


There is something truly special about Italy. As we meandered through Italy’s historic villages, we were reminded of why artists have been depicting this part of the world as utopic for centuries. The light, the food, the people- they all come together to create an experience that is evocative and compelling. We thought we’d highlight some of the moments from our trip.

 

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, Castello di Casole, Lago di Garda, Best Hotel, Italy, California

THE BEST OF SONOMA AND GLEN ELLEN

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016


 

Last week’s blog post focused on a perfect day in Sonoma's Healdsburg and the Russian River Valley. We have come to the realization that one post on a perfect day in wine country wasn’t nearly enough. Sonoma County is an extremely large and diverse county - the size of Rhode Island and stretches from the Mayacama Mountains to the Sonoma Coast. There is much to see and do here (and we have so many perfect days). 


This part of the California wine country has many great day-trip options; this week we’re heading to Sonoma Valley to visit our top three breakfast, hiking, and winery stops in Sonoma and Glen Ellen. If you missed last week’s post or are new to this blog click here to catch up.

 



A frequent question we hear from our guests here at Farmhouse Inn as they are headed out for the day is: "
Where can I find a strong cup of coffee and/or a latte?" Fear not, we’ve done plenty of research on this topic. Next time you visit Sonoma or Glen Ellen make a stop of one of these favorites.


1. Open 7 days per week is the Sunflower Caffé right on the Sonoma Plaza just one door down from the El Dorado Hotel. Great coffee and espresso drinks are available as well as many breakfast basics. Sunflower also has some great additions like a spicy chicken slider.


 

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, California, Russian River Valley, wine tasting, Glen Ellen

A PERFECT DAY IN SONOMA COUNTY: A FEW OF OUR SECRETS

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016


Living and working in Sonoma County offers many benefits; one of which is that we get do all the things the press write about as being a “must do on your next visit to California’s wine country".  It's no secret that summer is an amazing time of year to visit wine country and only next to harvest in terms of things to do and general excitement .  Here's a few summer perks we enjoy every day : Farmers’ markets, floating on the river, Music on the Green, and an all time favorite; dining al fresco with wine and friends. The Farmhouse Inn concierge team is often asked what we would do for a perfect day in the wine country. Fear not- we’ve done it before and are excited to share the wonders of life in Sonoma County with our guests.

  

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning is “where is my coffee?” 

 

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, California, Russian River Valley, Farmer's Markets, wine tasting

FARMHOUSE INN CONCIERGE: SONOMA SUMMER WINE PICKS

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

Locals living in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys associate spring time with the release of the newest vintages of white and rose wines. It is the time of year when we start making our summer plans and stocking our refrigerators for the coming months of picnicking near the Russian River and music on the square in Healdsburg. These delightful new releases always seem to perk us up out of our “winter” stupor. Whether your favorite is a Chardonnay or a Rose of Pinot Noir, we’ll go through the range of some of our favorites being released just in time for summer.

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Russian River, concierge, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, vacation, Restaurants, Napa, California, wine tasting

Farmhouse Inn to the Mendocino Coast: A Weekend Getaway

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

 

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, Mendocino, Hotel, Anderson Valley, lodging, weekend getaway, California, wine tasting

WINE COUNTRY TO BEVERLY HILLS: A LUXURY CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP

By Farmhouse Staff on July 7, 2016

With summer here, many people are making last minute vacation plans. Whether you’re living in California now or plan on visiting soon, a road trip up or down California’s coastline should be on your bucket list. We took a week to explore everything from Northern California’s luxurious wine country to sunny Beverly Hills and all the little gems in between. We’ve put together (in conjunction with Preferred Hotels & Resorts) our dream California road trip to share and hopefully inspire you to do your own. We’ll begin at the top and work our way down with some trip highlights.

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Post Ranch Inn, Farmhouse Inn, Cavallo Point, California, Preferred Hotels and Resorts package, Montage Beverly Hills, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Big Sur, roadtrip

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