Wine Country Blog: Innsights to the Wine Country


By Meghan Smith on August 10, 2014

Sonoma County is a great place to visit if you love wine country (and wine), and of course the most popular time to visit is during the  grape harvest. While we love the grape harvest as much as the next person, every year we also get excited about things like tomatoes, peaches, apples, onions, beets, walnuts… we could go on but we’ll stop here for now. We recently had the pleasure of getting out and about in Healdsburg and were able to experience harvest in several different ways. We spent the day visiting Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Shop, Dragonfly Floral and Dry Creek Peach.



To start our day in a pie and ice cream shop is a pretty good indication of how the remainder of our day was going to be- extraordinary. We were fortunate enough to be the first ones to experience pie making with Noble Folk owners and bakers, Ozzie Jimenez and Christian Sullivan. Noble Folk is the second store for the duo, who also have Moustache Baked Goods in downtown Healdsburg. While the bakery’s focus is on cupcakes and special occasion cakes, Noble Folk offers classic pies and Japanese inspired ice creams.


July and August are prime peach and berry season in Sonoma County, so our pie was a reflection of the summer time harvest. We learned how to make a filling and a proper crust. We were also schooled in the artistry of lattice work for the top of the pie. Noble Folk, like many Sonoma businesses, stresses the use of in-season ingredients. We’re looking forward to apple and pumpkin pies this fall. Noble Folk will soon be launching their website and online shopping cart – be sure to get your holiday pie orders in early.

After pie making (and taste testing) we headed over to Dragonfly Floral, just west of downtown Healdsburg. Dragonfly is a six acre farm that specializes in flowers for a variety of events. In addition to flowers they also grow vegetables and raise ducks and chickens. We popped in for a quick tour of the farm and were fortunate enough to meet the duck duo Fred and Ethel.



Dragonfly has about 4.5 acres of cutting flowers that they use for their arrangements. Our visit to the farm was full of color – roses, dahlias and sunflowers were all in bloom. In addition to providing flowers for events, Dragonfly has been hosting flower arrangement classes. We’re big fans of succulents and their selection was amazing – check out their online calendar for a schedule of classes or stop by for a picnic in their beautiful gardens.


Our last stop of the day was at Dry Creek Peach, located on the northern end of Dry Creek Valley. Dry Creek Peach is the only commercial (commercial in this case is only 6.5 acres) organic peach farm in Sonoma County. Dry Creek Peach grows several varieties of peaches including Snow Kings, Red Havens and Arctic Gems. In addition to supplying several local restaurants with peaches (Farmhouse chef Stevo is good friends of the owners), Dry Creek Peach operates a farm stand that is open 4 days a week. You can purchase fresh peaches, their jam and even peach wood cutting boards (we loved these!).


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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, peaches, Dry Creek Valley, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, farm, Moustache Baked Goods, pies, Harvest


By Meilani Naranjo on October 26, 2013


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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Tripadvisor, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, farm, Hotel, charlotte, California, Green, environment


By Mary Calla Rowan on April 20, 2013

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

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