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WINE COUNTRY HARVEST TIME IS OVER? NOW WHAT?

By Meghan Smith on November 12, 2016

All around Sonoma Napa wine country you can feel a sense of calm and relief. All the wine grapes have been harvested, everything is being put to sleep in barrels, and the fruit fly population is slowly but surely decreasing. You may think that last one isn’t a big deal, but if you live here you know how much better life is when you aren’t finding fruit flies in your wine every night. Now that the flurry of the 2016 harvest is over, what will we do to keep busy?

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, events, restaurant, farm, Restaurants, winery, Napa, activities, dining, Harvest, Film Festival, winter, fall, wine

VALENTINE'S DAY + WINE COUNTRY + FARMHOUSE INN = ROMANCE

By Meghan Smith on January 28, 2016

Valentine's Day is upon us: That oh so magical time of year synonymous with red roses, chocolates in a box, and teddy bears holding hearts.  Forgot to make a plan? You are not alone and thankfully the romance experts at Farmhouse Inn are here to help. We have declared February as the Month of Romance (why limit to a single day?) and the Sonoma wine country is perfect for a romantic getaway.  Whether surprising your loved one with a last minute romantic interlude or adding on some delightful extras to an already-planned trip, we are here to make sure that your Valentine’s Day amounts to more than bad candy or even worse;  bad champagne. We have a 3 step plan that will make you look like a hero this Valentine’s Day Weekend. 


Step One: Book a room and dinner! These reservations are highly prized and extremely hard to get at the last minute, particularly at stops that already have a reputation for romance (we swear we’re not tooting our own horn….). Our restaurant fills up fast but lucky for you we hold back some tables for hotel guests – I know, we think of everything. Can’t make it the actual holiday weekend but still looking to do a getaway? No problem. Now through the end of March we’re offering our Winter Getaway / 3rd Night Free special. This gives you plenty of time to plan – because you didn’t forget…. you just wanted to be sure it was perfect…. and special….  We promise to back you up at check in.

 

Step Two: Do the unexpected! Surprise and delight your loved one with add-ons they know nothing about. Be it a Sommelier-led wine tour, a romantic tub turndown or a couple’s massage, these added touches go a long way. What is a Sommelier-led wine tour you ask? Imagine having a private driver pick you up at Farmhouse Inn where you’re met in the car by one of wine country’s hottest sommeliers to guide you through a day of private tastings at the most exclusive wineries. And you’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch along the way, of course.

If you’re not one for visiting tasting rooms and still want to spark the romance, no problem – consider our candlelight tub turndown. While you’re at dinner we’ll set the mood – rose petals, artisan chocolate truffles, candlelight, bubbles in the tub and a bottle of champagne on ice. And to cap off a romantic weekend don’t forget a visit to the spa. Our cozy couple’s room is the perfect place to unwind and relax before returning to the real world.

 

Step Three: Go big or go home! Perhaps this all sounds fine and dandy but you're looking for something bigger, grander- the most romantic surprise ever.  Well lucky for you, Farmhouse Inn hosts beautiful, intimate elopements  for the couple seeking a moment they can call uniquely their own.  We do everything from finding an officiant and photographer to ordering the cake and the flowers.  All you have to do is show up (bring rings), enjoy a couple's massage and dinner for two at the Farmhouse restaurant, and when the time comes, say 'I do!'. (Or...not quite ready yet?  How about a romantic proposal?) 

If you’re more of an “I don’t want to think about it” type of person than we have one final suggestion. The whole month of February we’re offering half off of our romance package. The romance package includes champagne, artisan truffles, romantic floral arrangement, spa and a little souvenir of your stay. Book your three nights on the Winter Getaway special and add this on and you’re all set. You’ll go from being in the dog house to rock star status in one weekend. Amazing what a little 3 day weekend away can do for you.

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Topics: wine country, Romantic, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, special, romance, Romantic getaway, Valentines Day, 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

FARMHOUSE INN WITH HOLIDAY FOOD AND WINE FAVORITES

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016


We freely admit it; we’re spoiled here at Farmhouse Inn. Living in Sonoma County we have immediate access to some of the finest food and wine in the world; so imperative as we head into the holiday season. If you’re hosting family and friends this season than you know how important the food and beverage menus are. A little more bragging about how great the food in wine country is (we promise we’ll stop soon): Just this week the 2015 Michelin Guide was released – for those who don’t know, the Michelin Guide was established in France and is a 3 star system of rating Restaurants, and is considered by many to be the most reliable restaurant ranking system in existence. As of 2015, Michelin rates only 3 areas within the U.S.: NYC, Chicago and San Francisco / Wine Country. In addition to world-class food, Napa and Sonoma are the gateway to international award winning wines from the U.S. Okay, we’re done bragging now. You don’t have to live in wine country in order to enjoy the best of the food and wine world. Here is what we’re eating and drinking this holiday season:

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Holidays, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, dining

5 MORE REASONS TO VISIT WINE COUNTRY (DO YOU NEED A REASON?)

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, holiday, gifts, shopping, art trails, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, restaurant, romance, spa, Harvest, season

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY HARVEST AND GRAPE LUNCHEON

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

Several months ago we were approached by the Sonoma County Winegrowers
requesting a lunchEON at Farmhouse Inn restaurant as part of their Sonoma County Grape Camp event. The event is a three day immersion in Sonoma County’s wine country harvest and includes dinners and lunches at several local restaurants. The Campers travel throughout Sonoma County experiencing the different elements of harvest – be it a very early morning pick in the vineyards or heading to the cellar to work on the sorting table, the Campers dive into what it means to work in the wine industry during these few months.  Our campers arrived ready for a break from the work and we were willing to oblige - no better way to begin a midday break than with a glass of bubbly...

 

 

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Topics: wine country, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, events, restaurant, Grape Camp, Russian River Valley, Harvest

FARMHOUSE INN IN THE NEWS

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

Have you noticed we seem to be written up everywhere lately?

Recent accolades and this year's expansion at Farmhouse Inn has generated a lot of attention from the press.  

Be it print or online, we’re always grateful when the Farmhouse Inn is featured or mentioned in the press.  Our expansion project began in March and has included extensive new landscaping (including a revitalized pool area), nine new luxury rooms (they resemble our ever-popular Barn rooms), and a new farm-to-table spa building. All the work has generated considerable buzz from publications ranging from The Daily Meal and the Robb Report to Urban Daddy and our local Press Democrat.  With all the activity of the last few months, it felt like the time was right for a Farmhouse Inn press round up. We’re including a few highlights, but keep an eye on our press page as we have some very exciting features coming up.

 



One of our favorite articles within the last few months came from DuJour Magazine. The feature entitled “The Luxury Road Trip: Coastal California” took readers from Sonoma to Napa and down to Carmel. For each area they focused on several wineries, lodging and restaurant recommendations. Referring to Farmhouse Inn they said “We recommend the Luxury Barn Rooms, which has vaulted ceilings, a gorgeous white willow four-poster bed, heated bathroom marble floors and a fireplace that you can enjoy both in the room and outside from your private outdoor deck. But best of all is the bathroom, which can only be described as a playground for adults.” We couldn’t agree more!

 

 

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Topics: wine country, Travel and Leisure, Farmhouse Inn, restaurant, World's Best Hotels, spa, Robb Report

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

SONOMA SUMMER CONTINUES: SEPTEMBER IN WINE COUNTRY

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

As the new school year starts and summer comes to an end, the busy season in Sonoma wine country is just beginning.  Harvest kicked off early this year; however we’ll continue to see grapes come in for at least another month. Many people know this is the best time to visit; perfect weather and the energy of harvest is a huge attraction. As the harvest continues and we start to see the leaves change colors, wine country celebrates with  some of the best events, concerts, and festivals of the entire year. With everything from winemaker dinners to Kendall Jackson’s Heirloom Tomato Festival and the Russian River Jazz and Blues concerts – September is a great time to visit wine country. Leave the kids at home with the grandparents and come to Sonoma this fall….

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Russian River, Farmhouse Inn, events, restaurant, Harvest

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

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