Posts tagged "Sonoma"
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...
In Pictures: Savor Sonoma 2013

In Pictures: Savor Sonoma 2013

In Sonoma Valley there is much to savor. A bucolic landscape and dirt roads that harken back to simpler times. Roadside restaurants where menus overflow with the bounty of the Valley and its equally, naturally blessed surroundings. And, of course, wine – glorious, world-class wine that has earned California bragging rights around the globe. One...
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...
A Resort of Your Own

A Resort of Your Own

Envisage lolling around with a group of close friends in a pavilion surrounded by koi ponds at Mick Jagger’s six-bedroom villa on the Caribbean isle of Mustique or having an impromptu fashion show underneath a cathedral skylight in the over-the-top closet of a seven-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bath, 10,000-square-foot manse in Palm Springs formerly owned by screen...