Wine Country Blog: Innsights to the Wine Country


By Meghan Smith on October 11, 2014

There is much to love about wine country in the fall; the changing colors of harvest time, the seasonal foods, the Halloween parties, and of course, the wine.

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Napa, wine tasting, Harvest, Halloween, Film Festival

Farmhouse Inn Elves, Christmas Decor, and Holiday Fun

By Meilani Naranjo on December 03, 2011

23 Christmas trees, 24 wreaths, miles of ribbon and twinkly lights, stockings hung with care...Santa is coming to Sonoma County.  And the pine cones- they are everywhere!
Farmhouse Inn creating Christmas memories...                                                    

We have a live tree in every room this year, guest services is looking very festive, wreaths, ribbons, squirrels, and acorns galore.  What else could be needed for the Christmas celebration? Oh, must be Catherine's old fashioned candy and treats at our "do-it-yourself" stocking bar...

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Topics: wine country, Charles Schulz, Russian River, Sonoma County, Miss Charlotte, Sebastopol, Holidays, Farmhouse Inn, Petaluma

October in Sonoma- Pumpkins, Haunted Houses and Indian Summer

By Meilani N on October 21, 2011

Fall in Wine country...October, my favorite...leaves turning, crisp evenings, chilly and foggy mornings, and absolutely perfect 80 degree weather this weekend.  Indian Summer is upon us, the Sonoma grape harvest is getting close to wrapped up, pumpkin patches and harvest everywhere, and several haunted houses to visit - Halloween is right around the corner.

The fireplaces at Farmhouse Inn are starting to get some use, the firepit is very busy every night (love those s'mores)...don't you love the smell of wood smoke in the air?

This is the last weekend for the Tolay Fall Festival on a 1,700+ ranch  outside of Petaluma.  A Native American Village with demonstrations, Kiddie Corral, Creepy Crawly Critters, hay rides and over 5,000 pumpkins (grown by the tolay Twisted Farm) to choose from.  Pumpkin Patch on steroids!  Gunny Sack races and a pumpkin seed-spitting contest. 


This is a good weekend for hitting the Pumpkin Patches- you need time to do a spooktacular carving job, don't you?  But if you get distracted you still have time - Healdsburg is having a Pumpkin Festival next Saturday at the Farmer's Market. 

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Miss Charlotte, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins, FoodGal blog, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Harvest

October Wine Country- Pumpkins, Harvest, and Art Trails...

By Meilani N on October 15, 2011

Northern California weather is pretty amazing all the time but has this Sonoma County weather ever been more perfect?  I forget how much I love October every year...the colors changing, the still warm days (but with that fall crispness in the evenings), all manners of Harvest going on and of course, amazing wine country fall traditions. 

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Miss Charlotte, Sebastopol, inn, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Artrails, Harvest

Wine Country this week...Taste of Alexander Valley, Airplanes, Oysters and Belly Dancing!

By Meilani N on May 20, 2011

How's that for a headline?  Sure hope that peaked your curiosity a little. Another busy weekend in Sonoma's Wine Country and it is still not even summer!  

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Sonoma County, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Lambert Bridge, California, wine tasting

15 Nifty things in the Wine Country this week...and Mother's Day too!

By Meilani N on May 06, 2011

Just way too many things going on in the wine country this does a great job with their event calendar.  Take a look for more nifty stuff there.  So put on your running shoes this weekend and explore all the wonders of Sonoma County.

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Sonoma County, Michelin Star, Arista winery, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Ironhorse Vineyards, Safari west, Farmhouse

Inn the Wine Country- Ideas for April anyone?

By Meilani N on April 08, 2011

Question in my mind...there is so much going on in April - should I tell you all about it or just a simple calendar of events?  Or maybe a little short story from the Farmhouse Inn concierge team.  Here goes...

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Topics: Charles Schulz, Sebastopol, De La Montanya, Farmhouse Inn, Petaluma, Ironhorse Vineyards, Lambert Bridge, California, Earth Day, wildflowers

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