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Beginnings... A Message from Farmhouse Inn Owners

November 04, 2016

The question that we get asked more often than any other (and we get a lot of questions…) “WHAT made you decide to buy an inn with your sibling?” It’s usually accompanied by a look of mild awe- as in “I could NEVER work with my sibling”, or a sort of disbelief- as in “you actually BOUGHT this with your sibling? You didn’t inherit it?” Hard to believe, I know.

But my brother Joe and I actually, deliberately, purchased a very run down, 8 room bed and breakfast inn. And we were both gainfully employed at the time! I was GM of a winery up in Healdsburg, and Joe was a structural engineer on the East Coast. Yes, he actually moved cross country and gave up a great job to buy a bed and breakfast with his sister- well, it is smack in the middle of the Sonoma Napa wine country, and in the heart of the Russian River Valley to boot, and a very short commute from the family ranch, but still…

Of course, there is some back story here. We are fortunate enough to own, farm and, if you are me, live on the ranch that our Italian-immigrant-great grandfather purchased at the turn of the last century. He brought his father over from Italy, and he lived there too. So that makes us the 5th generation to grow grapes, apples and a lot of poison oak on our beautiful 80 acre property. It also happens to be about 2 miles from Farmhouse.

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