Sonoma County

Tips and Articles in Sonoma County

In Sonoma—land of marathon wine tastings and chardonnay-fueled dinners—Healdsburg now offers a refreshing chance for your liver to recover without compromising the fun. Pioneering it all is SHED, a grange hall, fermentation bar, and marketplace ho...
THE HILLS ARE FRAGRANT WITH EUCALYPTUS, the lavender-scented valleys planted with row after row of grapevines. It's little wonder visitors are drawn to California's Napa and Sonoma valleys. They come to eat well at beautiful bistros and sleep well...
It makes sense that Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of winter; after all, what’s more romantic than escaping the cold and cozying up with a loved one?And when you’re with someone special, a ski chalet with a roaring fireplace is every bit as w...
What do you do when your yard is the neighborhood embarrassment?When spring is on its way and your garden still looks post-nuclear?The only sensible option is to hop in the car and seek seedlings. And that's exactly what brings my husband, Greg, a...
Where to Stay Sherman House 2160 Green St., San Francisco; 415/563-3600; doubles $340-$800. Manka's Inverness Lodge Callendar and Argyle Ways, Inverness; 415/669-1034; doubles $145-$425. Sandpiper House Inn 5520 S. Hwy. 1, Elk; 800/894-9016 or 707...
For spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, and for plenty of other reasons—many of them man-made, thank you very much—the fantasy of a coast-to-coast road trip endures. Want to make it a reality? From West to East (With Apologies to the Midwes...
Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, Paris, France
Before there was William and Kate or even Charles and Di, there was the duke and Duchess of Windsor, who were the media sensation of their day. Now, 73 years after their scandalous marriage, the couple’s private estate, Le Moulin de la Tuilerie (d...
Eating well has always been easy in wine regions. It makes sense: people who pay close attention to what they drink don’t typically settle for fast-food cheeseburgers. But dining well is different from eating well, and in many wine areas it has be...
We stood on a steep, forested hill looking down across a field at a herd of goats gathered in the shade of a large oak tree. They were happy-looking goats. It was a warm afternoon in Dry Creek Valley; the sky was pale blue overhead, the landscape ...
By Adrien Glover, with Jennifer Flowers, John Newton, and Tracy Ziemer See our slideshow of 10 Great Waterside Restaurants. Blame it on the intoxicating salt air. Or the way the light bounces as the sun sets. Or the pure pleasure of digging into...
Gary Hofstetter, president of a private equity real estate fund in Boston, describes himself as a "suit on State Street." That’s quite a change from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he was a wild-haired, rock-loving roadie for local bands in U...
Palm Springs (285 miles round-trip from Los Angeles) A nouveau–Rat Pack oasis on the desert floor of California’s Coachella Valley, Palm Springs draws both the country-club set and the design-obsessed. But this resort town famed for its superlati...
You've heard of vanity publishing—now get ready for vanity recording. Sonoma Mountain Studio Estate (www.studioestate.com), a $12 million recording complex in the California wine country, allows wealthy wannabe crooners to cut their ...
Growing up, I had to share a bedroom with three sisters (my brother, lucky dog, had his own room), so now I absorb pampering and privacy like an Egyptian cotton towel. Happily, several resorts have created a new experience designed to spoil needy ...
SONOMA Sonoma Spa (457 First St. W., Sonoma; 707/939-8770), a modest day spa in the center of Sonoma, entices with all-natural beauty and health treatments, such as a rose-petal body mask or a European body wrap guaranteeing "a six-inch loss from ...