Friday, September 14, 2012

Extending Your Summer: Four Fun Things to Do in Sonoma This Weekend

Now that September is here, the weather is cooling down slightly in Sonoma County, but only slightly. Average daily temperatures tend to be in the high 70's or low 80's this time of year, so anyone still wanting to bask in genial warmth summertime should head here immediately. It's still entirely possible to sit out on a patio at night and sip wine without a sweater.

The continuing gorgeous weather also means there are plenty of upcoming events to keep you savoring summertime. Here are four fun ideas for enjoying Sonoma this weekend:
  1. Shop Local. The shop local movement is really taking off, and the first annual Live Life Local is a national event designed to celebrate that -- with individual local celebrations happening throughout the country this weekend, including uber-charming downtown Healdsburg. Discounts at select stores will be provided, so stroll around, do a bit of shopping, and support local merchants in the process. If you visit on Saturday, be sure to check out the small but fabulous local farmer's market in downtown Healdsburg, too.
  2. Get a Taste of Mexico. While you're strolling around, check out the Ancestors of Mexico Festival happening on Plaza Street. There will be mariachi music, traditional ballet folklorico, plus fresh tamales and agua frescas.
  3. Hit a Fabulous Estate Sale.  Bill and Hazel Keading -- world travelers and 32 year residents of nearby Forestville, California -- are moving to Florida and on Sunday, September 16th, their wonderful collection of furniture, vehicles, jewelry, coins, tools, and glassware will be auctioned. Bill and Hazel have traveled to China, Australia, Africa, Spain, Italy, Peru, Canada, Mexico, South America, and more, so the array of items promises to be truly dazzling. 
  4. Go Al Fresco. Just south of Healdsburg, the J Terrace here at the vineyard is an ideal place to soak in the gorgeous September weather. Sitting on our sun-warmed creekside patio under a white canvas umbrella, you'll share a platter of peak season foods (current menu is here) accompanied by carefully selected J wine pairings. Cost is $40 per couple ($35 for Club J members) and reservations are strongly recommended, although walk-ins are welcome, too. To make a reservation, call us at 707.431.5430 or request a reservation online.  

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