Wohler Bridge Vicinity: Moshin Vineyards, Raford Inn and Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
Continuing my ramblings out Westside Road, I arrive at Moshin Vineyards where I am to meet with Julia and Amber- and Rick, too, for a few minutes, time permitting. The place is busy for a hot Thursday morning in mid-September- many guests in the parking lot and inside at the TR bar.
We go over all things Wine Road. Julia describes the great wine club they have here at Moshin and ends by giving me a tour of the on-site suite for Wine Club VIPS- very cool!
Make an appointment with Julia to “go with the flow” and learn about the Moshin Four Tier Gravity Flow Set up:
Heading in a north-easterly manner, I soon arrive at Wohler Bridge- one lane, yield to oncoming traffic- beautiful span across the Russian River- I make like a tourist and inadvertently block a few impatient locals from accessing the bridge as fast as they seem to like to! The River looks so GREEN today- good old Slavianka rolling towards the Pacific Ocean….
And here I am at The Raford Inn Bed and Breakfast where I am to see Dane and Rita, fabulous innkeepers! What a stately building this is with its imposing, expansive aspect on the hill overlooking the vineyards, surrounded by porches, gardens and palm trees.
What an incredible view from the porch and from the gorgeous, lush gardens, currently being manicured by gardening staff. Romance, romance, romance–and, true to my personal pursuit of favorites, Adirondack chairs!:
Full-breakfast, wine & cheese reception, Dane makes wine, staff makes music, rooms are romantic, people are warm and gracious: I would like to stay- but you know how the Wine Road commands me- so, off I go!
Next stop: Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant where I am to meet Meilani, Catherine and Miss Charlotte, the Saucy Black Cat.
Following my favorites, here is my Adirondack oasis at Farmhouse on the lush lawn- feels like a million miles away from everywhere!
The Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant also has a spa on site and a pool. In the Guest Reception they have a very intriguing bath products bar to “build your own”- ditto great snacks to chose from. They do Tiny Weddings (no more than 10 celebrants) on site partnering with Iron Horse with the Wedding Cuvee sparkler signed by Joy Sterling-and sometimes using the site at Russian Hill Winery- could anything be more romantic? They also do Baby Moons, Girlfriend Getaways- heavenly on all fronts.
Meilani took me on quite a grand tour- I had not been by since before the addition of what is called The Barn, an amusing rustic name for such an incredible addition to the property with the Barn Suites being amazing!
Chef Steve Litke (he wrote the foreword for our Tasting Along the Wine Road Cookbook for our Wine Road A Wine & Food Affair some years back) came through and I also met Catherine’s brother, Joe. All staff were so friendly and helpful! Meilani also introduced me to Miss Charlotte, the Farmhouse Cat. I had a wee bit of trouble photographing her as you will see in this sequence:
I enlist Meilani to ease the situation- Charlotte is an icon!
Here’s looking at you, kids.