Inside Sonoma
Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

I can’t even remember the first time I heard about the amazing goodness of the signature menu item at Bodega Bay’s always buzzing Spud Point Crab Company, but, suffice it to say, it was a very long time ago. On every visit to Sonoma over the last several years, I found myself trapped in a...
The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

Tucked minutes away from the heart of urbane downtown Healdsburg lies Madrona Manor, the enchantingly romantic and historic inn that might as well be a world apart from its nearest neighbors given the charm with which it evokes a bygone era. Set on eight wooded acres overlooking Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, the Victorian estate,...
The Barlow Beckons: Celebrate ‘The Best of Sonoma’

The Barlow Beckons: Celebrate ‘The Best of Sonoma’

Did someone say ‘weekend shopping expedition’?  Because if so, there is a new mecca in Sonoma County that is just screaming for your credit cards to make a holy pilgrimage. Sonoma County has never been a stranger to reinvention and there is perhaps no better recent example of that fact than last month’s reopening of...
Underwood Bar & Bistro: Graton’s Shining Star

Underwood Bar & Bistro: Graton’s Shining Star

Up in northern California, just about 10 minutes down the road from Occidental, the even tinier borough of Graton pops up full of small-town bravado. Yet for all its brash swagger, the town had never quite registered on my personal radar on earlier excursions to the area. Even though I’d visited Occidental and Freestone before,...
Lasseter Family Winery: French Style, California Savvy

Lasseter Family Winery: French Style, California Savvy

In Sonoma, a good story pairs really well with a great bottle of wine – two things with which Glen Ellen’s Lasseter Family Winery is no stranger.  Though the Lasseter’s story has been well chronicled, the rudiments of it bear repeating here. More than two decades ago, John Lasseter, the movie mogul behind Pixar, and...
Breakfasting at Glen Elen’s Gaige House

Breakfasting at Glen Elen’s Gaige House

Too popular to be a secret and too small to be overexposed, Glen Elen’s Gaige House is one of the many surprisingly deceptive gems tucked away in the bosom of Sonoma County. Now a part of the highly-regarded Four Sisters Inns Collection, Gaige House embodies all of the elegant flourishes that have become synonymous with...
Solace at Sonoma Coast Villa

Solace at Sonoma Coast Villa

By Duane Wells Oasis. That is the first word that comes to mind upon approaching the delightfully secluded Sonoma Coast Villa in Bodega. I use the term ‘oasis’ because the Villa itself appears seemingly out of nowhere along a lonely, if magnificently peaceful, stretch of Highway 1 — very similar to the way I imagine...
A Luminous Brunch at Luma

A Luminous Brunch at Luma

By Duane Wells   Few places in Sonoma County encapsulate its past and its future as decidedly as Petaluma. For as much as downtown Petaluma echoes a time gone by with its Gold Rush inspired, Victorian-era architecture and ‘every little town in America’ vibe, it is also remarkably progressive. Behind the town’s historic facades lie...
The Village Inn – The Ultimate “Holiday Inn”

The Village Inn – The Ultimate “Holiday Inn”

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and for lovers of classic films, Christmas looks a lot like Sonoma County’s Village Inn. When Paramount Pictures put Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby, and Fred Astaire together back in 1942 to lens the now classic holiday film “Holiday Inn,” little did they know that they were...
Romance on Bodega Bay

Romance on Bodega Bay

Sonoma County is endowed with an embarrassment of riches as far as romantic spots are concerned (I mean, wine alone isn’t the only reason TripAdvisor recently named Sonoma the top wine destination in the U.S.) However, of all the dreamy locales in Sonoma County, Bodega Bay ranks at the top of the list. I arrived...
It’s A Coppola Life

It’s A Coppola Life

Francis Ford Coppola has brought absolute magic to the big screen with iconic films like American Graffiti, The Godfather Trilogy, Dracula and Apocalypse Now. He has likewise bottled magic in the form of the more than 40 wines produced at his state-of-the-art winemaking facility in Sonoma County.So is it a shocker that a visit to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery...
Howard Station Cafe: The Best Part of Waking Up

Howard Station Cafe: The Best Part of Waking Up

Inviting. Friendly. Great bacon. Those are probably the three winningest characteristics of the kind of places where I most like to start my day. On a recent trek to Bodega Bay, I got a great tip about a place that held the promise of delivering all three of the above and more. “Stop in at...
Iron Horse Vineyards …The Wine of Presidents, Kings, Queens and Popes

Iron Horse Vineyards …The Wine of Presidents, Kings, Queens and Popes

By Duane Wells If you’ve ever been the sort to turn up your nose to sparkling wines or consider yourself an exclusive devotee of French Champagnes, then I pray you give Iron Horse wines a chance to turn everything you thought you knew so consummately well on its ear. A few months back, I was...
Sonoma Good Eats: Duskie Estes’ Fabulous Zazu

Sonoma Good Eats: Duskie Estes’ Fabulous Zazu

If you’ve been to Sonoma then you probably already know that the folks in this corner of America have a peculiarly familiar, almost European relationship with food (and if you didn’t already know, now you do!). At every turn in this slice of Northern California, staggeringly fresh food prepared with elegant simplicity is as much...
Something About Sonoma

Something About Sonoma

  How do you define love at first sight? Is it the funny feeling you get in the pit of your stomach? A certain tingling in your extremities? That special sparkling glint in the eyes?  Or is it just a thing you know when you see it? Well,  given that the first three symptoms occasionally...