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What's New: Summer 2017

Jul. 20th, 2017

SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — There’s no better place for summer fun and exploration than Sonoma County — and this great vacation destination just keeps getting better.

Change is in the air. The long-established Sonoma Wine Country Weekend features new locations this year; it’s easier than ever to fly into and out of Sonoma Wine Country; and a delightful variety of new wineries, tasting rooms, bars, brew pubs, restaurants, eateries, lodgings, tours, attractions, events, shopping opportunities, and other Sonoma County experiences are ready to be discovered.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit www.sonomacounty.com or call 707-522-5800 or 800-576-6662.


Sonoma Wine Country Weekend making innovative changes
Considered one of the country’s top wine and food festivals, the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend returns in 2017 with a variety of events and exciting new locations, on Labor Day Weekend, Sept 1-3.

The usually sold-out Taste of Sonoma will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, at the acclaimed Green Music Center on the beautifully landscaped Sonoma State University campus. More than 200 wineries will pour literally thousands of wines, and more than 60 local chefs will concoct their most perfect pairings.

Taste of Sonoma guests will sample wares from wineries across the county’s 17 diverse wine regions, engage in conversation with Sonoma County’s winemakers and winegrowers, and nibble locally sourced and exquisitely prepared food. The two days will also include musical inspiration, and seminars and workshops.

That same weekend, winemaker lunches, dinners, and barbecues are scheduled countywide from Friday, Sept. 1, to Sunday, Sept 3. Rub shoulders with winegrowers, winemakers, and chefs, from pioneers to up-and-comers.

And the Sonoma County Wine Auction — one of the top charitable wine auctions nationwide — that has traditionally been part of the Wine Country Weekend will be held a few weeks later, on Sept. 16. For details visit sonomacountywineauction.com.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Sonoma County Tourism
400 Aviation Blvd., Suite 500
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

More flights coming into Sonoma County
Travelers can now take a less-than-20-minute flight on a 70-passenger United Express jet from San Francisco to Sonoma County, and will be processed through the airport’s new 4,000-square-foot waiting area.

The Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) is expanding its facilities, to meet a growing demand. The airport now offers 13 daily flights into Sonoma County on three major carriers — United, American, and Alaska — as well as seasonal weekly service to Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Sun Country Airlines for 15 weeks starting in August 2017.

Passengers are choosing to fly from STS because of its hassle-free airport environment with shorter lines, easy affordable parking, ground transportation connections, and welcoming hospitality.

Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport
2290 Airport Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403



Taste Topping & Legnon Wines in Santa Rosa
Sample beautiful whites, rustic reds, and crisp Pinots in the new Topping & Legnon Wines tasting room in Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County.

Co-owners and winemakers Dana Topping and Rick Legnon have been close friends for 30 years. Together with Sandro Tamburin, director of winemaking, and Taylor Topping, house sommelier, they strive to create something unique and special in every bottle.

Relax on a comfy couch and enjoy the wine. For the $10 tasting fee you can sample four Topping & Legnon Wines, and take home a complimentary crystal etched glass. Open noon-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday-Wednesday.

Topping & Legnon Wines
1301 B Cleveland Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Taylor Topping

Sutro Wine offers nature walk, tasting
Stroll through vineyards, take a nature walk through oak woodlands, and then enjoy a flight of wines paired with meats and cheeses on the unique new tasting experience by Sutro Wine Country in the beautiful Alexander Valley, in northern Sonoma County.

Join wine producer Alice Sutro at the historic Warnecke Ranch, owned and operated by her family since 1911, and home to Sutro Wine Company. Tour the 45-year-old Cabernet vines and the terraced Merlot block, then take a nature walk through the oaks, including a visit to landmark Chalk Hill, with views of the Russian River, Mt. St. Helena, and Geyser Peak.

Following the light hike, caravan to Healdsburg (about 25 minutes) to taste Sutro’s current vintages in the comfort of the James Beard Award-winning Healdsburg SHED, which is a café, market, and community gathering spot. Your flight of three wines will be paired with a selection of meats and cheeses. ($50 per person; two-10 people maximum; allow 90 minutes for the tour and tasting)

Sutro Wines creates refined, small production, and diligently crafted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot estate-grown vintages from its sustainably farmed vineyards in the Alexander Valley.

Sutro Wine Company
13301 Chalk Hill Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Alice Sutro

G & C Lurton Opens Healdsburg Tasting Room
Enjoy a unique tasting of Sonoma and Bordeaux wines at the new G & C Lurton Tasting Room in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County.

Owners Gonzague and Claire Lurton are well-known figures in Bordeaux, France, where they come from two of the region’s most esteemed families, the Lurtons and the Merlauts. They currently own a host of properties in Bordeaux and around the world. In 2012 they embarked on a new wine adventure with Acaibo in Sonoma County’s Chalk Hill district, just east of Healdsburg.

Their new Healdsburg tasting room offers a variety of experiences that let you discover the history of their wines, terroir, and vineyards while exploring wines from Sonoma and Bordeaux. Carefully selected wines showcase the unique style of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

G & C Lurton Tasting Room
422 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Cast Wines adds vineyard and winery tours, tastings by appointment
Take an in-depth vineyard and winery tour, with tastings and winemaking discussions at Cast Wines, which is tucked into the forest on a tranquil bench above the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County.

Offered by appointment only, the Cast experience begins with a Blanc de Noirs toast. Walk through the vineyard with glass in hand, and enjoy one of the best views in Dry Creek Valley. Discuss the winery’s farming practices, and learn how the grapes are nurtured and prepared for harvest.

The next stop is the winery crush pad for an overview of the harvesting steps in the winemaking process, paired with another Cast wine. Then visit the fermentation tank area and the barrel aging room. Each step of the way, the knowledgeable winery team will share interesting facts about the winery and the Cast approach. Finish your experience with a seated tasting of reserve wine accompanied by a cheese plate.

Cast Wines grows and crafts wines in limited quantities, highlighting the best grape sources of Sonoma County. Its property’s spellbinding views and the laid back tasting experience combine to offer an authentic wine county visit recalling a simpler time.

Cast Wines
8500 Dry Creek Road
Geyserville, CA 95441

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Ann Seifrick

Sanglier tasting room just off Healdsburg Plaza
Choose a flight of wine spanning multiple vintages or enjoy wine by the glass in the new Sanglier Cellars tasting room, one block away from the Healdsburg Plaza, in northern Sonoma County.

Sanglier Cellars hand farms 600 acres of the best vineyard sites throughout Sonoma County, working diligently to harvest wine grapes that express a purity of fruit balanced with the vibrancy and freshness of natural acidity. Always hand-picked in the cold of the night, the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Wines are made gently with minimal intervention from human hands.

“Sanglier” is French for wild boar, which are common in Sonoma County, East Texas, and much of France — and wild boars are often seen in and around Sanglier Cellars’ vineyards. Tastings are by appointment only; vineyard tours are available during the growing season.

Sanglier Cellars
422 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Sanglier Cellars

Gary Farrell Vineyards updates tasting room
Guests at Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery in Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County will find the tasting space has undergone a dramatic and stylish transformation.

The old tasting room bar has been removed. Instead you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that fold away to open the space to the outdoors and the winery’s signature views. A variety of indoor and outdoor seating options create an upscale yet relaxed and comfortable environment for tasting wines as part of a private, hosted experience. Tasting is by appointment only.

In the heart of the beautiful Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery offers a proud 30-year winemaking history and a unique sense of place. Perched atop a ridge along winding Westside Road, the winery offers a spectacular view of the valley below. Gary Farrell Winery helped put Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the world stage, and the hallmark Gary Farrell wine style remains one of balance, elegance, texture, and sense of place.

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
10701 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Nancy Bailey, General Manager

Taste Wellington Cellars in Glen Ellen
The Glen Ellen wine tasting scene now includes Wellington Cellars, a small boutique winery owned and operated by the Belmonte family, and a “brother” winery to the Belmontes’ VJB Vineyards & Cellar in Kenwood; both are located in the Sonoma Valley, in eastern Sonoma County.

The Belmontes bought Wellington Vineyards & Cellars in 2012; the winery had been in operation for more than 20 years by father and son, John and Peter Wellington. It was known for its estate wines produced from vines more than 100 years old. The winery and tasting room are situated on 24 acres, with vineyards planted to a wide variety of grapes, including old-vine Zinfandel dating back to 1882.

The Belmontes are carrying on the tradition of a family owned and operated winery with limited production and estate wines. They plan to produce approximately 3,000 cases of French-Bordeaux wines annually, sold direct to the consumer and to their wine club. Plans call for building a new barrel room and renovating the existing tasting room.

Wellington Cellars
11600 Dunbar Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442

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Lindsay Evans McGorry



Sonoma Coast Spirits opens tasting room
Discover what the Sonoma Coast Spirits artisan distillery has to offer at its new tasting room in Petaluma, in southern Sonoma County.

A sandwich board sign out front signals that Sonoma Coast Spirits is open for tasting, and the small tasting area in a corner of its production facility is furnished with a picnic table and rustic wood paneling. You can order tastes of their wares or a fresh cocktail. It’s open for tastings noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment.

Owners Jill and Doug Olson launched their small craft distillery in 2011 with their Lemon Drop Martini, which won a gold medal at the 2012 San Francisco spirits competition. They now produce all-natural, ready-to-drink craft cocktails (Lemon Drop Martini, Pomegranate Lime, Raspberry Tango, and Mango Tango); high-proof grappas made from locally distilled grape pomace (Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, and Wood Aged); vodkas (Original, Jalapeno Lime, Citrus Basil, and Rosemary), and liqueurs (Amaro Herbal, Salted Caramel, Lemon Raspberry, and Pear Ginger).

Sonoma Coast Spirits
1333 N. McDowell Blvd., Suite F
Petaluma, CA 94954

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Jill and Doug Olson



The Laugh Cellar serves comedy, drinks, eats in Santa Rosa
Combining world-class stand-up comedy shows with a wine and beer lounge and delicious eats, The Laugh Cellar in Santa Rosa aims to be Sonoma Wine Country’s comedy club.

For the past three years, Crushers of Comedy has been bringing stand-up comics from Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area to venues throughout Sonoma County. Now they’ve founded The Laugh Cellar, the only designated comedy club in Sonoma County, and the only comedy club in the North Bay.

Adults-only stand-up comedy shows are offered weekend evenings (check the show calendar for details). Except for the evening show the club is family friendly, including matinee comedy shows for kids and teens.

The Laugh Club is open noon to 9 p.m. Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Enjoy wood-fired pizza 4-9 p.m. Monday, Thursday-Saturday, and all day Sunday; bar snacks are served all day Thursday.

Happy Hour is 3-6 p.m., with drink specials and a chance to win show tickets. Amenities include outdoor seating, a big screen TV, and mobile device-charging stations.

The Laugh Cellar – The Wine Country Comedy Club
5755 Mountain Hawk
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

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The Laugh Cellar

Sigh sparkling wine bar moves to bigger digs
The popular Sigh bubbly bar recently relocated to a beautiful, larger space just off the southwest corner of the historic Sonoma Plaza, in eastern Sonoma County.

The move was relatively short — slightly more than a block — but at 1,700 square feet the new site offers this Champagne and sparkling wine bar more than twice the space of its old location. The new place includes a large oval bar, booths, and glamorous touches of luxury in a casual setting.

“Sigh” refers to the sound that a sparkling wine should make when being opened, as opposed to the iconic “pop.” From everyday favorites to elegant, true French grower Champagnes, Sigh offers a rotating list of more than 25 bottles from all over the world, and owner Jayme Powers is known for teaching customers how to use a saber sword to open a Champagne bottle.

Sigh is the town of Sonoma’s only “bubble bar,” and in addition to serving Champagne and sparkling wine, it also serves still wine and beer, all by the glass, flight, or bottle. Guests must be 21 or older.

120 W. Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476

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Jayme Powers

Enjoy craft beers at Confluence Taproom & Lounge
With 20 craft beers on tap, a pub snacks menu, and a vibrant yet cozy atmosphere, the new Confluence Taproom & Lounge in Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County, is a great place to meet old friends or make new ones.

The place is a dream come true for owner-beer connoisseur Peter Lopez Jr., who has worked in the beer and wine trades for 18 years. He’s been a judge for various international wine and beer competitions, organized beer festivals locally and worldwide, wrote a beer blog for two years, and co-founded the NorCal Beer Geeks — a like-minded group of craft beer enthusiasts.

The new taproom is where Lopez’ passion, love, and knowledge of beer and wine meet, which is what gave rise to the name “confluence” — defined as a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering. Open 3-9 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Confluence Taproom & Lounge
4357 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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Confluence Taproom & Lounge

Brewsters hosts ‘Bourbon and Bluegrass’ on Thursdays
Listen to amazing bluegrass music while sipping on specialty bourbon cocktails at the new "Bourbon and Bluegrass" evenings at 5 p.m. on Thursdays at Brewsters Beer Garden in Petaluma, in Sonoma County. Each Thursday the family-friendly Bourbon and Bluegrass will feature a different bluegrass band, with full dinner and beverage service.

Located in a beautiful industrial setting in historic downtown Petaluma, Brewsters is an open-air dining restaurant with more than 350 seats, large heat lamps, a fire pit, bocce court, children's playground, and a live music stage.

The menu focuses on technique-driven dishes influenced by Southern Carolina barbecue and a smattering of locally sources and sustainably raised Petaluma producers and ranchers — think Southern barbecue meets California produce with a refined touch of explosive flavors. Brewsters offers more than 30 revolving local craft beers on draft, Sonoma and Napa Valley wines, and a full selection of spirits and cocktails.

Brewsters Beer Garden
229 Water St.
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Michael Goebel



SingleThread serving lunch on weekends
The acclaimed new SingleThread Restaurant now offers its 11-course tasting menu for lunch on Saturday and Sunday, in Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County.

Nearly four years in the making, SingleThread opened in December 2016, crafting elaborate meals as works of art. The five-acre SingleThread Farms property and a 3,000-square-foot rooftop garden grow the boutique ingredients for the 55-seat fine-dining restaurant’s food and cocktail menus. This includes delicacies like several types of negi (onions), root vegetables like kintoki carrots and kabu turnips, green like chingensai and komatsuna, Japanese pumpkins, kamo nasu (eggplant), and yurine (lily bulbs).

The new weekend lunch service features the same 11-course menu experience as the dinner service, and the price is the same ($295, including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required.

SingleThread Restaurant
131 North St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Kristine Keefer PR

Vintners Inn opens River Vine Café
Beginning Aug. 1, visitors and guests at the Vintners Inn, a luxurious Sonoma Wine Country hotel in Santa Rosa, can enjoy fresh, delicious fare for breakfast, lunch, or brunch in the new River Vine Café.

The menu by John Ash & Co. restaurant executive chef Tom Schmidt showcases seasonal foods and produce from local sources, including the inn’s own garden. The elegantly-rustic café features a circular dining room with expansive windows that open onto beautiful vineyards and gardens; a rock fireplace and wood ceiling beams that bring natural elements to create an inviting, warm, and comfortable ambiance; and custom iron ceiling light fixtures and walls sconces for notes of elegance and grace. The café provides an array of seating options indoors and out, including quaint, smaller dining areas for intimate duos, as well as a private room for up to 80 guests for meetings or special events.

Located amid 92 acres of lush vineyards, the acclaimed 44-room Vintners Inn is a California certified green hotel offering deluxe guest rooms and beautifully landscaped grounds with courtyards and fountains. The onsite John Ash & Co. restaurant was the first in Sonoma County to introduce the concept of cooking seasonally with fresh, local foods and produce.

River Vine Café
4350 Barnes Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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Chelsea Kurnick
213-985-1011, ext. 5

Revibe Café brings Jamaican flavors to Wine Country
Western Sonoma County meets the West Indies when the region’s bountiful fresh ingredients are blended with Jamaican flavors and cooking techniques at the new Revibe Café and Scoop Bar in Sebastopol.

Relax with a fun, casual, and inspired dining experience. The Beenie Plates (small plates, served from 5:30-9 p.m.) include choices like the signature Curried Goat, slow cooked in a traditional brown curry; Smoked Pulled Pork Roti, with seared smoked pork marinated in a mild jerk sauce combined with a triple cheese mix and julienne pickled slaw in a roti wrap; and Ital Stew, a traditional Rastafarian vegan dish with an array of vegetables, grains, spinners, herbs, and spices, slow-cooked in a coconut cream.

The late night Moonshadow menu (served 9 p.m. to close) offers dishes like the Seafood Patty with a savory herb blend; Black Sesame Chicken Strips with tomato herb compote; and marinated skewered shrimp with garlic, fruit oil, and grains.

The café offers made-from-scratch ice cream with exotic flavors like Hard-to-Beat (beet, sorrel, and pomegranate), Sudanese Tamarind (Indigenous African/Jamaican flavors with salted almond), and Banana Musa Zing (banana with ginger overtones and lime zest). Plus, you’ll find 12 craft beers on tap, and wine by the glass or bottle. Open 5:30-11 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Revibe Café and Scoop bar
7365 Healdsburg Ave.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Revibe Café and Scoop Bar

Wicked Slush comes to Healdsburg
Choose from nearly a dozen flavors of slush, freshly made bagels, Italian subs, soft-serve ice cream, and other East Coast-style treats at the new Wicked Slush in Healdsburg, in northern Sonoma County. Boston-area native and a resident of Healdsburg for 35 years, Amy Covin brings her love of her native area’s unique food offerings to Wine Country.

What’s a slush? Picture a snowball, of freshly fallen snow. Firm, but flexible. Firmly packed, but not hard. Moldable. Lickable. Now picture it drenched with flavor. Raspberry. Orange. Watermelon. Mango. Or black cherry. In New York they call it an Italian Ice. In Philadelphia, it’s Water Ice. In Boston — and now in Healdsburg — they call it slush.

If you can’t choose between a slush and soft serve ice cream, try a Split — half slush, half soft serve, and layered parfait-style. Try a Root Beer Split (root beer slush layered with vanilla soft serve), a Caramel Apple Split (sour apple slush with layers of caramel soft serve), or a Tropical Cloud (mango slush with vanilla soft serve). Or order a custom split with your favorite flavors.

Wicked Slush
13840 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Amy Covin

Nectary juice bar expands to Healdsburg
After three years in Sebastopol creating the first juice and smoothie apothecary bar of its kind, The Nectary brings its focus on the nourishment of well-balanced drinks and simple foods to its second location in Healdsburg, in northern Sonoma County.

In both its sites, the Nectary serves a unique assortment of delicious 100 percent organic fresh cold-pressed juices; superfood and green smoothies; and probiotic beverages such as fruit-and-herbal-infused Kefir, Jun, and Kombucha.

It also offers health and wellness shots to support community immunity, hot tonics and teas for the cold winter months, and a small selection of handcrafted artisanal living/raw food snacks and sweet treats. The Nectary’s seasonal menu is supported by Sonoma County’s abundant organic produce.

The Nectary – Healdsburg
312 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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The Nectary

Flock to The Block in Petaluma for food truck delights
Choose from the mouth-watering menus of an array of food trucks gathered in a park-like setting at The Block, a new dining and drinking concept in the heart of historic downtown Petaluma, in southern Sonoma County.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays, this family-friendly, open-air food truck market and beer garden features a backyard-style seating and gaming area, fire pits, live music, an Italian soda bar, and 30 different beers on tap, from low production craft beers to some classic favorites.

The Block will highlight gourmet food trucks from all over the Bay area, offering everything from international cuisine to California casual. Settle back on a couch next to a fire pit and enjoy the “chill atmosphere” minus the chill.

The Block Petaluma
20 Grey St.
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Cody Hildreth

Savor amazing Mediterranean flair at Pinoli Cucina Rustica in Guerneville
Combine rustic Italian food (just like what Nona used to make) with farm-fresh Sonoma County ingredients, and you get the delicious creations at Pinoli Cucina Rustica in Guerneville, at the renowned Applewood Inn & Spa in Guerneville, in Sonoma County.

And there is no front-house wait staff; the chefs carry the food to each table, serving the guests personally. An 18 percent service fee is charged on all checks; the fee is divided equally among the chefs.

Chef/owner Christian Darcoli, born in San Remo, Italy, also owns a Pinoli Ristorante in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sample menu items at the Guerneville site include Hand Made Ravioli filled with Red Meat Ragu and “Spilled Red Wine” (Darcoli’s grandmother’s recipe); Braised Rabbit with Olives and Thyme, served on Farinata; and Alaskan Halibut Caponata and Pesto (a Sicilian dish of eggplant and other vegetables sautéed in a sweet and sour sauce).

Pinoli Cucina Rustica
13555 Highway 116
Guerneville, CA 95446

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Pinoli Cucina Rustica

The Brass Rabbit features classic Americana cuisine, cocktails
Enjoy supper club-inspired cuisine and classic cocktails seven days a week at The Brass Rabbitt, a new neighborhood restaurant in downtown Healdsburg, in northern Sonoma County.

Local chef Shane McAnelly (executive chef at the nearby Chalkboard restaurant) and his team create dishes that pay homage to American culinary classics — like lamb Wellington or Pekin duck a l’orange — while also celebrating Sonoma County’s abundant local and seasonal ingredients. Much of The Brass Rabbit’s seasonal produce comes from Chalk Hill Vineyard’s nearby 4.5-acre organic farm. The restaurant also sources from local farmers and ranchers, including Marin Sun Farms, Front Porch Farm, and Preston Farms.

The cozy 40-seat dining room includes a bar area and chef counter, and there are about eight seats on the front patio. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the enormous six-foot Argentinian-style wood-burning grill, which was made to order and also boasts a rotisserie and plancha.

The drinks menu includes classic Americana cocktails like a signature Mint Julep, Manhattan, and a Moscow Mule. A section of the cocktail menu is dedicated to martinis, and the wine list focuses on the best offerings from California’s vineyards.

The Brass Rabbit
109 Plaza St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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The Brass Rabbitt

Get an organic lunch to go at Lunchette in Petaluma
Get a quick and healthy meal with the carryout plant-based lunches made with seasonal, organic, and local ingredients from the new Lunchette in Petaluma, in southern Sonoma County.

Lunchette offers grab-and-go salads and pizza al tagio with seasonal toppings, by the slice or sheet. Husband-and-wife team Joel Baecker and Naomi Crawford — who also operate wood-burning pizza ovens at 13 Bay Area farmers markets — designed the Lunchette menu to reflect customers’ cravings, including salads that are protein-packed and light on carbs but with great texture, like the smoked trout salad with cashews.

The ingredients come from local organic farms and artisan producers. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are available. Catering is available for in-store pickup or delivery within Petaluma. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

25 4th St.
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Joel Baecker and Naomi Crawford

Savor Texas barbecue, ribs at Cloverdale Firehouse
Fans of mouth-watering Texas-style barbecue and ribs can satisfy their cravings at the new Cloverdale Firehouse BBQ & Ribs in the small town of Cloverdale, in northern Sonoma County.

The menu includes favorites such as pulled pork, brisket, ribs, mac and cheese, and burgers. There are also a wide variety of a la carte choices ranging from garlic fries to fried Brussels sprouts, as well as on-tap craft beers and a wide selection of local wines. Enjoy them inside, or on the enclosed outdoor patio.

Cloverdale Firehouse is located in the former Owl restaurant, a local landmark for decades. The building has been renovated with bright colors, rescued oak tabletops and countertops, and genuine firehouse touches like fire hoses and memorabilia, creating a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy homemade meals with family and friends.

Cloverdale Firehouse BBQ & Ribs
485 S. Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425

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Cloverdale Firehouse

Enjoy gourmet doughnuts, coffee at City Garden
Choose from creative twists on classic flavors of gourmet doughnuts and scones, as well as a selection of rotating seasonal specialties at the new City Garden Doughnuts & Coffee in Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County.

City Garden uses the highest quality locally curated ingredients. They lovingly handcraft their brioche dough daily from scratch and allow it to rise slowly, developing the perfect flavor and texture. The doughnuts are dunked into a hot oil bath and a blanket of not-too-sweet glaze and toppings. To complement their baked delights, they serve intriguing beverages like nitro iced tea and Black Oak coffee.

The part of Santa Rosa where City Garden Doughnuts & Coffee is located is identified on old maps (circa 1860) as “city garden.” This was a public garden and favorite community gathering spot; the new eatery honors that history.

City Garden Doughnuts & Coffee
1200 4th St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Tyffani Sedgwick

Bump City Bakery offers dessert without guilt
Decadent (and sometimes boozy) gluten-free and vegan cookies and cupcakes are on the menu at the new Bump City Bakery in Petaluma, in southern Sonoma County.

The kitchen is dedicated gluten-free, and many of the products are close to 100 percent organic. Emily Floyd, a fish biologist with a serious sweet tooth and a passion for baking, founded Bump City Bakery. Her science background allows her to concoct desserts that folks would never suspect are vegan and gluten free.

The bakery’s “Drunken” cupcakes include Dark & Stormy (ginger beer cake, dark rum, and lime buttercream topped with candied ginger); Irish Car Bomb (chocolate cake, Jameson, and Bailey’s buttercream, with chocolate sprinkles); and Old Fashioned (orange spice cake, Bulleit bourbon, and brown sugar frosting, with candied orange and amarena cherry).

The cookie menu includes Salty Date Cookies (the bakery’s most popular), with organic Medjool dates, pecans, almonds, and chocolate chips, and sprinkled with sea salt. And during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the bakery also offers “drunken” pies, like its Apple Amaretto Pear (Granny Smith apples and Warren pears, with a hint of amaretto).

“Bump City” is a nickname for Oakland, California, where the bakery was founded. The name imparts the funky spirit and mellow vibe that makes the city of Oakland special, a spirit that can also be found in the bakery’s desserts.

Bump City Bakery
122 American Alley, Suite B
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Emily Floyd

Café Lucia adds free corkage, Sunday brunch
Enjoy two new offering at Café Lucia in Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County — free corkage everyday and Sunday brunch.

Free corkage at its Wine Wednesday events was so well received this spring, Café Lucia has made it a daily choice (for one standard-sized bottle per table). Bring in a bottle of your favorite Sonoma County wine, and Café Lucia will take care of the rest at no extra charge.

And you can sip on a mimosa or two, or better yet enjoy a mimosa flight (with your choice of three fruit variations) during the new Sunday brunch, which is offered in addition to the regular lunch menu, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (reservations recommended). The lovely patio area is the perfect setting for brunch and mimosas. The brunch menu includes rotating egg Benedict offerings, pancakes with seasonal fruit, and a spin on French toast made with traditional massa sovada (Portuguese sweet bread — and there’s even a cheese-filled version).

Located just steps away from Healdsburg’s landmark central plaza, Café Lucia features Cozinha Nova Portuguesa — “new Portuguese cuisine” — celebrating the varied and complex flavors of Portugal, adapted to the immense offerings of top-quality Sonoma County ingredients. The result is a unique cuisine characterized by familiar Mediterranean and Iberian staples, exotic spices, and flavorings from around the globe.

Café Lucia
235 Healdsburg Ave., Suite 105
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Lucia M. Fincher

Dahlia & Sage Community Market open in Cloverdale
Choose among healthy food options for groceries, fruits, vegetables, and more in the new Dahlia and Sage Community Market in Cloverdale, in northern Sonoma County.

The store is owned by Ryan and Tobi Smukler, whose children are named Dahlia and Sage. The market is inspired by the belief that shopping is a community endeavor, and that a healthy community is the source of healthy families.

Dahlia & Sage collaborates with local farmers, artisans, and the community to provide healthy foods and other goods, including fresh organic produce, local meats, bulk grains, and more. The large deli section includes a salad bar as well as a selection of vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo items, including pastries, salads, and entrees.

Dahlia & Sage Community Market
115 E. 2nd St.
Cloverdale, CA 95425

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Dahlia & Sage

Thistle Meats under new ownership
Thistle Meats, a beloved artisan butcher shop in the town of Petaluma in Sonoma County, is now under the leadership of well-known chef and butcher Travis Day.

He brings his vast knowledge and experience with whole-animal butchery to the shop originally founded by Molly Best, based on the belief that we all should feel good, and that we should eat the best meat possible, grown by people who care.

Thistle Meats will continue to source grass-fed, pasture-raised meats and offer a charcuterie program featuring handmade pates, salumi, terrines, and other house-cured meats. Day plans to offer an expanded, new menu of prepared foods including sandwiches, salads, and soups, along with marinated and seasoned meat cuts and other local items, as well as hosting monthly Sunday supper events, teaming up with guest chefs from leading San Francisco Bay Area restaurants.

Thistle Meats
160 Petaluma Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94952

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Yasemin Sussman

Zina Lounge debuts seasonal wine and food pairing menu
Poached quail eggs, chilled Maine lobster, and duck eggs are just a few of the ingredients on the new seasonal wine and food pairing menu at the Zina Lounge in the Ledson Hotel on the historic Sonoma Plaza in eastern Sonoma County.

The Zina Lounge wine and food pairings feature limited production artisan bottlings from the Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery and Vineyards and the Ledson Winery and Vineyards. Seated pairings by chef Yoshiharu Sogi are by reservation only; the six-course pairing is $150 per person and an abbreviated four-course menu is $90 per person.

Zina Lounge
480 1st St. E.
Sonoma, CA 95476

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Zina Lounge



Renovated Sandman welcomes travelers in Santa Rosa
Extensive remodeling has transformed The Sandman, which blends the convenience of a roadside inn with the character of a vibrant Wine Country hotel in the city of Santa Rosa in central Sonoma County.

The renovations combine natural elements and handcrafted design to create a welcoming, authentic, and timeless atmosphere. Sink into the casual comfort of the lobby, lounge by the heated outdoor pool and hot tub, or enjoy a local brew at The Sandman’s new poolside bar.

Playful yet refined, The Sandman’s 134 guestrooms (plus one suite) are designed to be fresh and airy, and full of warm colors and custom touches. Graphic quilts serve as headboards, and custom throws from Faribault Mills (woven in the U.S. from recycled fibers) add comfort and warmth. Other comforts include free Wi-Fi, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, convenient kitchenette amenities, and Malin & Goetz bath products.

The Sandman
3421 Cleveland Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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Maria Paladini
415-673-2332, ext. 110

Bodega Bay Lodge updates seaside suites
Known for its waterfront views and expansive landscaped grounds, Bodega Bay Lodge on the Sonoma County coast is welcoming guests to its five recently remodeled Ocean Club Suites. The renovations also included extensive property-wide enhancements, including the lodge’s signature restaurant and spa.

Each Ocean Club Suite offers an overstuffed king bed with an adjacent queen sofa bed in the spacious living area that includes state-of-the-art entertainment. Fresh nautical décor comes in deep blues, crisp whites, and calming gray tones.

The suites feature sumptuously textured walls, sea-inspired artwork, granite fireplaces, and soaring vaulted ceilings for lots of natural light. Each spa-like bathroom offers a deep jetted tub, a separate walk-in shower with skylight, double sinks, and lots of gorgeous granite. A private terrace with comfy furniture provides easy access to the outdoor heated pool and infinity hot tub.

As part of the property-wide enhancements, the spa and fitness area now feature a beautifully tiled outdoor shower and cozy fire pit, all with sweeping views. The remodeled and renamed restaurant — now Drakes Sonoma Coast Kitchen — serves breakfast and dinner menus that reflect the rich bounty of local seafood, meats, produce, cheese, and baked goods.

Bodega Bay Lodge
103 Highway 1
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

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Aspire PR



Explore Sonoma County with Ale and Wine Tours
Already renowned for wine tasting, Sonoma County is quickly becoming known for its craft beer tasting, and you can experience both with a guide and designated driver from Ale and Wine Tours company.

Sonoma County boasts over 425 wineries, more than two dozen craft breweries, over a dozen artisan distilleries, and almost a dozen cider producers. Visit places and people that you would never find on their own as owner/guide Shad Eddleman drives you in your car or rental vehicle to unique tasting destinations.

Eddleman’s casual “no tie required” friendliness and many years of experience guiding visitors to Sonoma County’s best wineries, breweries, restaurants, and photo ops lets him offer private custom tours based on guests’ preferences of what they want to see and taste. He can also help with logistics, like dining reservations, catering, and picnics.

Ale and Wine Tours
Various locations
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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Shad Eddleman

Getaway Adventures adds Pints ‘N Pedals Tour
Take a bike tour showcasing some of Sonoma County’s great craft breweries on the new Pints ’N Pedals tour from Getaway Adventures.

Your expert guide will fit you with a Specialized Cross Trail bike plus helmet, bag, and optional comfortable gel seat cover. The first stop on this bike trek will be downtown Santa Rosa, at a well-known local brewery (either Russian River Brewing Company or Third Street Ale Works).

Then hop back on your bike and pedal along quiet side roads and the Joe Rodota bike trail to the charming western Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, and a stop at Hopmonk Tavern to enjoy their extensive beer menu and delicious lunch menu. After lunch, explore more of the area before your final stop at Woodfour Brewing Company. Then bike through farmlands and vineyards, back to your starting point.

Getaway Adventures offers cycling, hiking, kayaking, and van tours throughout Wine Country, both one day treks and mutli-day tours.

Getaway Adventures & Rentals
2228 Northpoint Parkway
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Getaway Adventures

Explore Sebastopol with Food Crush Tours
Eat, drink, and stroll your way through the western Sonoma County town of Sebastopol with the new Food Crush Tours. Discover the best this eclectic, foodie-friendly, Wine Country town has to offer — one bite, sip, and sight at a time.

Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the chefs, makers, and artisans of The Barlow marketplace on the three-hour guided walking tour known as Meet the Makers at the Barlow. Learn about the rich history and agricultural roots of The Barlow and western Sonoma County as you take a relaxing stroll around the beautiful Barlow marketplace, enjoying the brews, spirits, wines, and bites in this 13-acre community.

Food Crush Tours of Sebastopol founder Bridget McKenna is a 20-year Sebastopol resident with a passion for good food and fun times shared with friends. Private tours are available.

Food Crush Tours of Sebastopol
9285 Country Lane
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Bridget McKenna



Epicenter: 130,000 square feet of indoor sports, entertainment
Packed with a unique mix of attractions built for adults but fun for kids, the new Epicenter in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County is the San Francisco North Bay’s largest all-in-one destination for sports, recreation, entertainment, dining, and nightlife.

Entertainment options include: an upscale bowling lounge, 100-plus game arcade, two-story laser tag arena, laser maze, multi-sensory 7D adventure ride, interactive mega-play structure for kids, and toddler play area.

The sports facilities include: an arena sports center for basketball, volleyball, and more; a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year fitness center; and a trampoline park.

Kick back and watch the action in a sports bar and restaurant with two 40-foot walls filled with massive screens, multi-zone surround sound, and the ability to show up to 14 games at once. Grab pizza by the slice, nachos, and more in a sport-themed concession-style restaurant. Or relax and refuel at Starbucks.

Epicenter delivers 130,000 square feet of fun, food, and entertainment, all conveniently located under one roof.

Epicenter Sports and Entertainment
3215 Coffey Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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Lisa Alexander

Sonoma Canopy Tours adds ‘Tree Top Flight’
Zip through the treetops at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour on the new Tree Tops Flight zip line course at Sonoma Canopy Tours in Occidental, in western Sonoma County.

You’ll be fitted with a specially designed harness, and the zip line lets the magic of gravity do all the work. Created as a way to perform scientific research in remote jungles and other previously inaccessible places, zip lines are increasingly popular as a high-adventure way to experience nature from a truly different perspective.

A revamped version of the former Challenger course, the Tree Tops Flight soars high overhead, with faster and longer zip lines. On other elements of the course you can savor breathtaking views of the majestic redwood forest at a leisurely pace.

Sonoma Canopy Tours also offers its Forest Flight (formerly called the Classic Course) for daytime, sunset, or nighttime trips.

Sonoma Canopy Tours
6250 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465

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Sonoma Canopy Tours

Blue Waters Kayaking offering rentals at Lake Sonoma’s Yorty Creek
Folks who want to paddle or float away from it all can now rent a kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard, or inner tube from Blue Waters Kayaking on weekends at Lake Sonoma’s Yorty Creek Recreation Area in northern Sonoma County.

Lake Sonoma offers more than 50 miles of coastline and 40 miles of trails. The Yorty Creek Recreation Area public launch site (car-top boats only) provides a slightly quieter feeling than other parts of this large lake, because it is in a no-wake zone.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, Blue Waters Kayaking rents single and double kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, and inner tubes right next to Yorty Creek’s boat launch. Private tours from Yorty Creek are available on any day of the week with advance reservations.

Blue Waters also offers Lake Sonoma Full Moon Camping Tours. Their lakeside campsite is easily reached by a scenic paddle, and is equipped with camp chairs, a camp stove, grill, firewood for one fire, and fresh water. It’s also staffed by one of Blue waters’ capable and friendly kayak guides. The Full Moon tour includes a guided night paddle from camp.

Blue Waters Kayaking
At Yorty Creek Recreation Area (Lake Sonoma)
2651 Hot Springs Road
Cloverdale CA 95425

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Blue Waters Kayaking

Sonoma Valley Springs area debuts summertime farmers market
A new community farmers market unfolds on Sundays this summer — July 9 to Sept. 10 — in the central Sonoma Valley, in eastern Sonoma County.

Created by the nonprofit Agricultural Community Events Farmers Market, which runs about 13 farmers markets in Marin and Sonoma counties, The Springs Community Farmers’ Market will offer fresh fruit and produce, live music, kids’ crafts, and other activities.

Collectively, the Sonoma Valley’s unincorporated residential districts of Agua Caliente, Boyes Hot Springs, El Verano, and Fetters Hot Springs are known as The Springs. About 30 vendors are expected to participate in The Springs Community Farmers’ Market, which will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sundays in Larson Park in Boyes Hot Springs. Parking will be available at nearby Flowery Elementary School.

The Springs Community Market
Larson Park
329 DeChene Ave.
Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

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Agricultural Community Events Farmers Markets



Shop Forest to the Sea in Guerneville
You’ll find nature-related gifts, tools, and more in the new Forest to the Sea Nature Store in the riverside town of Guerneville, in western Sonoma County.

The store is the latest project of the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, a nonprofit environmental and interpretive group that works in partnership with the California State Parks department to support volunteer, educational, and stewardship programs in the Russian River area of the Sonoma Mendocino Coast District. The Stewards advocate for and volunteer in the local state parks, and operate a diverse range of programs for school children and the general public, including renovating the Pond Farm Pottery, a significant cultural site in Austin Creek State Recreation Area.

Located in downtown Guerneville at the junction of Main Street and Armstrong Woods Road, the Forest to the Sea Nature Store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It carries a variety of nature-related items, including pottery made by Pond Farm students, jewelry, and many of the educational items that the Stewards offer in local visitors centers.

Forest to the Sea Nature Store
16215 Main St. #1
Guerneville, CA 95446

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Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

Sonoma Flower Mart blooms in The Barlow
A passion for all things flower-related and a desire to support the local floral economy prompted Nichole Skalski and Kathrin Green to found the new Sonoma Flower Mart in The Barlow center in the western Sonoma County town of Sebastopol.

Open twice a week (7 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday), this wholesale flower market works with more than 15 local farms in Sonoma County and greater California to provide the highest quality flowers available. Sonoma Flower Mart is open to the public, but a wholesale badge is required to receive wholesale pricing.

Founders Skalski and Green are both members of the North Bay Flower Collective, a group of flower growers and designers in the North San Francisco Bay Area with a fierce dedication to the slow flowers movement.

Sonoma Flower Mart
6790 McKinley St. #130
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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Nichole Skalski & Kathrin Green

Jam Jar adds store in Guerneville Bank Club
An established working art studio and retail shop in Santa Rosa’s SOFA art district, Jam Jar has expanded, opening its second store in the Guerneville Bank Club in the Russian River Valley, in Sonoma County.

Owned by artist Molly Perez and jewelry maker Jamie Jean, Jam Jar offers an eclectic collection of craft home décor, art, vintage items, jewelry, and other local goods. The goal is to provide a selection of goods from the owners as artists as well as from other local small studios and makers. It’s a colorful, inspiring place to shop for one-of-a-kind pieces.

It fits in well at the Guerneville Bank Club. Built in 1921 and lovingly restored, this historic bank building also houses a wine tasting room, a pie and ice cream parlor, clothing and home accessory stores, and a display by the Russian River Historical Society. There’s also a photo booth in the original bank vault.

Jam Jar West
16290 Main St.
Guerneville, CA 95446

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Molly Perez

Les Lunes offers sustainable fashion in Healdsburg
Find clothing that’s stylish, comfortable, and ethically and sustainably made at the new Les Lunes store in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County.

A world traveler, entrepreneur, and mother of two, Anna Lecat offers comfortable, ethically made clothing with Parisian flair, in her clothing line made from sensually soft bamboo fabric. A graduate of the distinguished Esmod Fashion School, Melanie Viallon believes that, “clothes are there to support the wearer, we are not there to fit them.”

Together at Les Lunes, they strive to strike a perfect balance between effortless elegance and flattering comfort. The Les Lunes clothing line includes womenswear, menswear, lingerie, graphic Ts, loungewear, activewear, and petites. In addition to Healdsburg, Les Lunes has stores in San Francisco, Corte Madera, and Walnut Creek.

Les Lunes
322 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Les Lunes

Tamarind contemporary clothing opens Healdsburg boutique
Fans of global chic fashion can now indulge their desires at the second location of Tamarind women’s clothing boutique, in Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County.

Influenced by a Japanese design aesthetic at an early age, boutique owner Andrea Kenner went to at New York’s famed FIT for her studies, but also traveled to the depths of Africa and South America. The result is Tamarind Boutique, a distillation of Kenner’s influences, merging meticulous hand-prepared textiles, seductive leathers, timeless shapes, and hand-hewn luxury jewels.

Kenner selects global up-and-coming designers who meet her exacting standards, and introduces them to her clientele in a custom atmosphere. In addition to the original location in The Barlow center in Sebastopol and its new store in Healdsburg, Tamarind operates an apparel, shoes, jewelry, and accessories store online.

Tamarind Healdsburg
418 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Tamarind Healdsburg



Relax and rejuvenate at Massage Me in Healdsburg
Experience the relaxation found in nature and the sounds of running water at Massage Me, Ashley Hansen’s private studio just off the Healdsburg Plaza, in Sonoma County.

As a Certified Massage Therapist, Hansen works with a mixture of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage to provide a full body relaxation experience. She incorporates nature and touch into her client’s lives. Her services include full body relaxation massage and chair massage in a private and professional studio.

Massage Me
137 Matheson St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Ashley Hansen

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Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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