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….
Why should you plan a visit to wine country? The answer is, why wouldn’t you? If you like sunshine, good food, amazing wines, friendly people and spectacular views wine country has a place for you. Sonoma and Napa are no longer reserved for those of a certain age, bank account status, or even for wine lovers only.
You can visit Sonoma and do and see plenty on any budget, even if you aren't a fan of the grape. Wine Country is great for an ultra-romantic honeymoon, a quick weekend trip, or even an exciting outdoor adventure. Sonoma County has it all and we’ll tell you how to do it right no matter the occasion or budget.
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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!
A very special message from our romance specialist at Farmhouse Inn-
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.
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant,