June 1, 2010
Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer season that will end when Labor Day rolls around in September. Standing here, on the first day of June, it seems like the long, languid, lazy days of summer will last forever- but I know from experience that this summer will all too soon be a hazy memory. The weather has not been at all cooperative, with lots of rain last week including thunder and lightning last Friday with downed trees and a high, cold, murky Russian River right up until the weekend. But today, as we are all back at work, the sky is a glorious blue, the temperature warm and the daylight soft and luminous.
I am always happy to help you plan your visit to Wine Road- as much help or as little as you want- I will guide you to our wineries, help you chose your lodging, point out winery tours, events, which wineries have food on site, caves, tours- and all sorts of other cool stuff. We have videos up on our site as do many of our members- just click over to their web pages to see them and even before you arrive here you will be ready to roll. Don’t forget your Ticket to the Wine Road- the one or three day pass with over 60 participating wineries and 14 lodgings with special offers. I will help you plan around our big three annual events-I can assist with your special events- surprising your sweetheart/spouse with a getaway, a proposal at a winery, a birthday celebration, an anniversary dinner, a wedding, canoeing, ballooning, picnicking- well you get the idea. On our www.wineroad.com click over to More Fun Stuff to see restaurants, spas, tours, transportation, insider information, and other helpful links-did you know that Horizon Air out of Santa Rosa allows each passenger to take a case of wine onboard FREE? Wine needs to be in a shipper-type carrier and it goes onboard via their a la carte system- this is an exclusive Sonoma County offering by Horizon and a simple, stress-free, economical way to get your wine purchases safely home!
For personal planning assistance, there is always I- call or email me and I will assist- your very own Wine Road concierge. I came to Healdsburg in 1982 to inn keep the Grape Leaf Inn and started working with Wine Road way back then- and even with all these years of working along and with Wine Road, I learn new things all the time. For example I never knew that HOLIDAY INN (1942) was filmed on location here with Astaire and Crosby in Monte Rio and at the circa 1906 Village Inn and Resort. (WHITE CHRISTMAS is the sequel to HOLIDAY INN- sure you are dying to point that out.) We are a vacation wonderland- memories will linger! I have been awarded a new title: Member & Guest Concierge and will work with our members and our guests to map out your best experience along the fabulous, magical Wine Road!