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FARMHOUSE INN CONCIERGES; WINE COUNTRY EXPERTS

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

With so many activities available for visitors to the wine country, the Farmhouse Inn Concierges are a valuable resource for sorting through them all. The entire Farmhouse Inn concierge team lives, works, and plays in Sonoma County. Several of us have also previously worked at local wineries and restaurants. In addition to our professional experiences, we are continually out and about sampling the latest and greatest Sonoma has to offer. Our knowledge of the area makes one of your best resources in the wine country; we love to share our favorites with our guests.  Here is one of our favorite Napa-Sonoma itineraries. 

Arrival:

Your first day in Sonoma County you are headed to the Farmhouse Inn where you’ll be welcomed with a glass of local wine.  (Nice start, right?)  Unwind by the pool or enjoy a spa treatment in the farm-to-table spa. After you’ve enjoyed a luxurious steam shower and soak in the tub, it's time for a Michelin starred meal at the Farmhouse Inn Restaurant (just steps from your room). We recommend you try the Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit and the wine pairings personally chosen for you by our Sommelier. After a full day of travel you may not be inclined to have to drive somewhere for dinner. 

 

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Russian River, concierge, Michelin Star, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, Napa, activities, wine tasting

FARMHOUSE INN CONCIERGE REVIEW: NAPA'S THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

 

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Topics: wine country, concierge, Sonoma County, Michelin Star, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, Meadowood, Napa, dining

SONOMA SUMMER: MUSIC, RIVER, FOOD, WINE, FESTIVALS...

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016


Summer in Sonoma is all about lazy days on the Russian River, music events all around the county,  festivals and more fun.   Sonoma has a lot to do year-round but we especially love the summer months. If you’re planning on visiting soon or are taking notes for next year, be sure to check out our guide to summer living in wine country: outdoor activities, local happenings and events, and farmers markets. We couldn't include everything here, so if you're curious about something we don't mention be sure to email us  at innkeep@farmhouseinn.com or via Facebook.



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Topics: wine country, Russian River, concierge, Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Summer events, Music

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

EXCITING NEWS FOR SONOMA COUNTY THIS SUMMER

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

If you’ve been to Sonoma wine country before than you know that it seems to be an ever changing mix of new wineries, restaurants, shops and places to stay. That propensity to constantly be changing and being on the cutting edge of what is new won’t be any different this summer as new restaurants, tasting rooms and even old fashion ice cream and pie shops open up. From Sebastopol to Healdsburg there are exciting new businesses coming in time for summer and we can’t wait to sample them ourselves. We decided to focus on three in particular- we want to pique your interest in hopes that you’ll visit soon!

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Russian River, Facebook, concierge, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, events, restaurant, the Barlow

WINE COUNTRY EVENTS- FARMHOUSE INN CONCIERGE FAVORITES

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

 

We don't usually see the beginning of the grape harvest until August (our busiest time in the wine country), but spring in Sonoma Wine Country is pretty busy and just about our favorite time of year.  All around the Russian River Valley we see vineyard crews pruning vines getting ready for the growing season. The worst of winter is over and Spring is just getting ready to bust out all over.

 

I just heard about the first hints of budbreak from a couple of the wineries. Hold your breath now...the vineyards can't stand any hard freezes during this time. You wouldn't think something like this would get us all excited but just look...the beginnings of that amazing wine in your glass.

 

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Topics: wine country, concierge, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, events, Hotel, barrel tasting, Russian River Valley

FARMHOUSE FRIENDS AND WINE COUNTRY PARTNERS

By Joe Bartolomei on April 7, 2016

At the Farmhouse Inn we are lucky to work with some truly great partners that make every visit to the wine country an amazing experience.  From our Winery Partners to our Spa Team, and our favorite bicycle guide and transportation company, the Farmhouse Inn has cultivated some of the best relationships in Wine Country.  If you haven’t stayed with us yet or you have an upcoming reservation we hope that you get to meet some of these people and that you have the chance to indulge in the wonderful experiences we have to offer in Sonoma County.  We decided that it would be a good idea to tell you a little bit about each of them. And if you’re looking to book any of these experiences don’t hesitate to contact a Farmhouse Inn Concierge; we’re happy to share some of secrets of the wine country with you!

 

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, concierge, Sonoma County, biking, Farmhouse Inn, wine tasting, spa, tours

INTRODUCING THE GARDEN BOSS AT SONOMA'S FARMHOUSE INN

By Meilani Naranjo on April 7, 2016

 

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, concierge, inn, gardens, Farmhouse Inn, California

10 (more) OF THE 100 BEST WAYS TO SEE SONOMA COUNTY

By Mary Calla Rowan on April 7, 2016

There are countless ways to see the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country- most of them require a thirst for some of the best wines in the world, a hunger for great eats and appreciation for the simple marriage between country and chic.  "Sonomads" are those who embrace the wanderlust of Sonoma County, and no one knows more about that than our Farmhouse Inn Concierge team.  As your personal concierges, we're always seeking out the most exciting, exquisite and extravagant ways to get out and explore Sonoma Wine Country!

 

We've given you the best ways to see Sonoma County by air, but with such a strong agricultural industry here, we'd be silly not to tell you about the 10 best ways to see Sonoma County Farms. There is a reason Sonoma Wine Country is such a foodie destination- we understand what it means to eat locally and can grow just about anything here!

Start with last month's Artisan Cheese Festival in Santa Rosa, where we met the cheese makers, toured the creameries and indulged in all that cheesey goodness!  Keep your eye on next year's Inaugural Meet the Cheesemakers event featuring specialty cheeses, beers and wines, and the Grand Cheese Tasting and Best in Cheese Competition where over 25 cheesemakers and restaurant chefs pair up to melt your mind like fondue with their delicious cheesey creations. 

 

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Topics: wine country, cheese making, concierge, Sonoma County, Luther Burbank, Hog Island Oysters, Farmhouse Inn, Farm Trails, farm

SONOMA COUNTY...THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

By Mary Calla Rowan on April 7, 2016

GUEST POST FROM FARMHOUSE INN AND OUR NEWEST MEMBER OF THE CONCIERGE TEAM...
Mary Calla (and looks like our up and coming poet and photographer extraordinaire)

 

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, concierge, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, California, romance, wine tasting

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