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Post by Tracy Logan
Here are my recommendations for a fun-filled two days/two nights in Geyserville:
Arrive in Geyserville and relax around the pool at Hope-Merrill House, your lodging. Walk to Diavola for dinner, a local favorite with great pizza, fresh salads and panini to tempt every palate- great wine list, too-
rustic, comfy décor. After sleeping peacefully in this Victorian mansion, start your day with their inspiring, complete breakfast.
Head out viagra tablets for sale the door and south on Geyserville Avenue- first stop is Route 128 for tasting in one of the original Henry Ford Auto supply shops. Great wine and fun are found here along with some great historical photos. Then trek to Mercury Wines, for as they say, “tiny lots of everything, at prices you can afford”- winemaker Brad is truly a mad scientist and quite the host in this white-on-white, open, modern tasting room.
Now it’s time for lunch a couple blocks north at Hoffman House, healthy and delicious, a favorite with locals and visitors alike. After lunch wander back south to Locals where you can taste flights of wine. This is such a treat to sample wines side by side! Don’t forget to visit Meeker, in the old BofA Bank Vault and, then check out W2 Williamson Wines, where the wines are featured in a beautiful, cool modern tasting room.
Walk back up to Hope-Merrill for more pool time and rest- on the way back, check out the incredible potpourri of items that are available in the historic Bosworth Hardware Store.
Dinner tonight is within walking distance of your lodging, too- favorite, Catelli’s.
Then it’s a short bike over to RUSTIC, Francis’ Favorites, the new restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery for lunch. Food, service and views (sit on the terrace) are all proving to be a winning combination! Great wine list available here. You can even stroll through the winery for a bit of Hollywood glamor with the Coppola Oscars, costume and prop displays- including the Tucker automobile- and a great gift store. The family pool with rent-able individual pool “Cabines” are also a great way to pass some time.
Here’s looking at you, kids.
Hey- this is Tracy Logan, writing my inaugural post for “Simple Hedonisms”. I am the Member & Guest Concierge for Wine Road Northern Sonoma County, a cooperative winery organization of 180 wineries and 56 associate lodging members located in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys of Northern Sonoma County. Beth Costa (our Exec Director), Lynn Thomas (Wine Road Office Manager), and I, no prescription viagra sale work with our Board of Directors to promote our area as a year-round destination and help you, our guests, plot your course here.
We organize and produce three annual events: Winter Wineland, always Martin Luther King Jr's Holiday Birthday Weekend in January; Barrel Tasting, always the first two weekends in March; and A Wine & Food Affair, the first weekend in November. We also produce the free, amazing Wine Road Map.
From time to time, I will include a piece on some of our Wine Road Lodging members and perhaps add some adventure showing other fun things to do along Wine Road, including restaurants, canoeing, biking, museums, golf….
Here is a little jaunt out Wohler Road and River Road, just outside of Healdsburg, near Forestville:
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!:
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t this is be lovely for a wedding processional? And Rita is a minister!
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:
Here's looking at you, kids.