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FARMHOUSE AND WINE COUNTRY CELEBRATING ALL THINGS ROMANTIC

By Farmhouse Concierge Staff on January 18, 2014

 

If you haven’t checked your calendar since the New Year, than you may not have realized that Valentine’s Day is less than a month from now. Not to worry - if you haven’t started planning yet...because Farmhouse Inn is declaring the whole month of February as the Month of Romance.  Tell your significant other that you don't want to limit the celebration of your love to a single day- you want to celebrate all month long- then sneak in a little trip to the wine country.
NOW THAT'S ROMANTIC!

 

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Topics: wine country, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, weddings, romance, Romantic getaway, Valentines Day

10 WAYS TO CELEBRATE ROMANCE IN SONOMA WINE COUNTRY

By Mary Calla Rowan on February 09, 2013

Valentines Day is just around the corner, and for those of you looking to find that perfect romantic getaway, look no further.  Sonoma wine country is the perfect place to sneak away for a romantic lover's retreat, and here at Farmhouse Inn we've become quite the experts at serving up the most romantic meals and special packages available.  So skip the stuffed animal and grocery store red roses (trust us) and let us help you plan the perfect vacation that will sweep your love off their feet! 

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Romantic, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, romance, Romantic getaway, Valentines Day

FARMHOUSE INN AND OUR MOST ROMANTIC GUESTS...

By Farmhouse Staff on August 18, 2012

 

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Topics: wine country, concierge, Sonoma County, Romantic, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, winery, romance

TINY WEDDINGS AT FARMHOUSE INN...OUR TAKE ON ROMANCE!

By Farmhouse Staff on July 25, 2012

  
A very special message from our romance specialist at Farmhouse Inn
Meghan Smith,
our elopement and wedding coordinator
 (and concierge extraordinaire).






Despite the trend of grandiose, Martha Stewart-esque weddings that have persisted for the last 10 years, here at Farmhouse Inn we have given all that up and prefer to offer couples a more intimate option.  We think romance is personal, and with each of our "tiny weddings" we see that theory proved time and time again.  The story each couple has is what makes each Elopement special.  Whether it is a late-in-life love, an instant connection or a long friendship that grew over time, each story is unique.

It is my job/pleasure to help couples plan their elopement to the wine country here at Farmhouse Inn.  While the package was created to be simple and straightforward it doesn’t lack the special details and each couple puts their own spin on it.  From our cakes made by Patisserie Angelica, to the bouquets from local florist Atrellis, each detail is important and unique.  The elopement package covers all the basics and a few extra details but I have yet to host a couple who has been “typical”.  The package provides couples with what they need to get married, but each story is so different that every wine country elopement at Farmhouse is special and unique.  We tell couples all they need is the ring and a dress and we take care of the rest.  But every bride and groom have added their own special touches that have created a memory for us here at Farmhouse too...

 

My very first Farmhouse elopement was with Marcia Ann and Randy last November.  The couple was from Texas and each already had grown children with families of their own.  They found each other later in life and after a whirlwind romance of only 2 months, Randy whisked Marcia Ann to Farmhouse Inn for a tiny wedding all their own. (You know, he originally thought he would just bring her and surprise her once they got to Farmhouse but we had to tell him it might not be good...she would need a dress and things to make their day truly special.  Romantic- yes!  Wise- maybe not?!) Their ceremony was the first that has ever had me sniffling and I had only met them 2 days before.  We all fell a little bit in love with the both of them and look forward to seeing them in November when they come back to celebrate their anniversary.

While Marcia Ann and Randy made us cry, we have couples that make us laugh too.  Most recently we had the pleasure of meeting Teena and Wayne.  Both from Las Vegas, we found it a little ironic that they were eloping but chose to do so in the romantic Wine Country instead of their hometown.  Teena and Wayne had photographer Kate Nagel come out to do their photos and she captured some amazing moments.  Our favorites though are of Teena and Wayne jumping into the pool.  Yes, you read that correctly.  We refer to "tying the knot" and "taking the plunge"...they definitely took the plunge-literally!  Teena went for it in her dress and full hair and makeup and Wayne took off his shoes and jacket before making a splash.  The fun they had (they also did the classic cake-in-the-face moment) made everyone’s week and anytime we need to lighten up we just look at these photos.

Randy and Marcia Ann have a story that struck a chord with all of us who had the pleasure of working with them, as all of our couples do.  We continue to get a thrill with each new wedding we host and every time someone proposes in the restaurant and when we check in the couples celebrating anniversaries. 


 

These occasions are so personal and it is our good fortune to be a part of these moments. 
While we don’t disagree with the classic icons of romance (just ask us and we’ll gladly put a bottle of champagne with some truffles in your room),
we understand that there is no one-size fits-all version of romance.










Chocolate bonbons, a chilled bottle of champagne and a Sandra Bullock chick flick. Sounds exactly like a romantic evening to me. These icons of romance endure because we love them. And while the word “elope” often brings to mind a Las Vegas ceremony with an Elvis minister, at Farmhouse we want you to think of something else. The classic icons evoked when you hear the word “romance” (Miss Bullock and bonbons) should be the same things that pop to mind when you hear the word “elope” (sorry Elvis). Add to those images a romantic dinner for two in the Farmhouse restaurant, a couples massage and a very personal ceremony and you’ll come close to what an elopement at Farmhouse Inn means. 

                                             Ahhh...Romance!

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Topics: wine country, Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Romantic, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, weddings, romance

Farmhouse Inn, More Romance and "(in)famous" Waiter Rob Loughran

By Meilani N on February 18, 2012

Had enough romance? 

Taking a little break from it myself but I promise by the end of this post to share a little Sonoma wine country romance with you to wrap up Valentine's and all the romantic furor from last week. 

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Elopements, Rob Loughran, Farmhouse Inn, weddings, California, romance, Farmhouse, Romantic getaway, wildflowers, Trip Advisor

Love, Love, LOVE in the Sonoma Wine Country

By Meilani N on February 11, 2012

So much going on in the wine country this weekend after a wild week of Valentine's Day (and weekend) planning for our guests here at the Farmhouse Inn. The romantic dinners are going all weekend long in the restaurant with the finale on Tuesday. We have a couple of proposals in the works over the weekend and a couple more checking in for Valentine's Day and then on the day itself...one of our fabulous elopements- our tiny weddings - they are just dropping in from Delaware for a little Farmhouse romance!

Last week we had all the excitement from BedandBreakfast.com when they recognized Farmhouse as one of the Top10 Most Romantic Inns and then again we got noticed as one of The Most Romantic Inns in the U.S. from FathomAway.  Right after I wrote the blog last week...TripAdvisor came out the 2012 Traveler's Choice Award for the 10 Most Romantic Hotels...

You guessed it- Farmhouse again!

                                    

 And Then...

CNN Travel came out with an article "Choose Your Own Romantic Adventure"  - tips on making new romantic memories.

 Oenophile bliss...Sonoma County Wine Country, California                   

"What better way to reconnect than while driving through Sonoma wine country, stopping to taste the terroir at wineries along the way? Visit Copain for the views and the pinot, Arista for the Japanese gardens and Lambert Bridge for intimate barrel-room tastings. Then settle in at the Farmhouse Inn in the heart of the Russian River Valley.

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, California, romance, Romantic getaway, Valentines Day, Trip Advisor

Romantic Wine Country - Amore at Farmhouse Inn

By Meilani N on February 04, 2012

We think we are pretty romantic here at the Farmhouse Inn...
seems to be a common descriptive term from our guests, too.  And of course, Valentine's Day is right around the corner so we have been talking to a lot of guests cooking up their very special romantic getaways to the wine country. 

The guys seem to be more on top of things this year- getting flowers ordered, special champagne on ice, romantic spa treatments (Have you seen the Playful Passion treatment?)  We've got a few proposals in the works and even one of our romantic elopements scheduled for Valentine's Day- shhh... can't tell you who yet. Seriously, we think we have the romance for the whole month of February pretty well covered. Catherine decorated guest services for the month with special treats for the guests to help themselves to.

 

Then this week BedandBreakfast.com listed us as one of the 10 Most Romantic Inns and just a few days later Fathom Away came out with the Most Romantic Hotels in U.S. and we were there, too.  Yikes...now we have to pull out all the stops- what a thing to have to live up to!

To celebrate Love and Romance in all its forms (and great press) we created a month long special that we hope you can take advantage of...

                                  Free Tuesday + Romance at Farmhouse Inn 

Click the above link for all the details...  Time to cozy up with your love in front of the fireplace, venture out to explore the wonders of the wine country, indulge in a spa treatment...Add the Farmhouse  Add a Little Romance package  to your stay to really impress (With a whole month long celebration you can avoid the Valentine's Day furor.) 

We have the hearts and flowers, the champagne, the romantic restaurant, our world famous bath and spa bar, the beautiful setting...what more could you need?

There is that thing about oysters and romance, isn't there?  Just down the glorious Sonoma coast are  the oyster beds out at Hog Island and their contribution to amore.


 











Let's not forget the chocolate...

   The Wine and Chocolate Fantasy at Rodney Strong, Chocolate Amore Port at Trentadue,  
or a visit to one of our favorite Wine Country Chocolatiers...

 Or perhaps a romantic dinner at the Farmhouse Restaurant followed by the Valrohna Chocolate Souffle from Pastry Chef Pattie.

 We have set the stage...the rest is up to you...love, presents, perfume, diamonds or???

What do you have in mind for your special someone this Valentine's Day??

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, romance, Romantic getaway, Valentines Day

Grateful for Gorgeous Sonoma County and Romance in the Wine Country

By Meilani N on November 20, 2011

Sonoma County in the fall...the trees and vineyards awash in such vibrant colors.  My son brought his family up last weekend and they were just blown away by the gorgeous fall color everywhere. I have a bush by my gate that is spectacular (I think it is an Australian native that normally has a burgundy leaf but has turned almost fluorescent, glowing orange).  And the dogwoods I planted a few years ago are completely yellow, as is the catalpa.  I can't even post a picture because pictures just don't do it justice.  By next week, they will be losing their leaves and winter will be upon us.  

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Miss Charlotte, ballooning, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, weddings, wine road, Romantic getaway

The Farmhouse Inn Scene This Week.. Wine Country Tiny Weddings

By Meilani N on July 15, 2011

This last week has been a bit crazy here at the Farmhouse Inn (you might say- situation normal!). We had scheduled a photo shoot for our very first video for this week.  Which sounds crazy- who wants to do something like that in our busy season?  But we wanted to include the Bartolomei family ranch and gardens (where Chef Stevo gets some of the produce for the restaurant) and they don't look like too much until later in the season when everything is growing like mad! 

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Elopements, Farmhouse Inn, Russian Hill Winery, weddings, Vineman, Rootstock, California

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