Sonoma Birthday Weekend

Usually for my birthday we spend a weekend in my “heaven on earth”, Capitola.  However this year I decided to mix it up a bit.  We spent the whole weekend (3 days, 2 nights) in Sonoma County and it was wonderful.  We stayed at an adorable, quaint bed and breakfast in Cloverdale called The Old Crocker Inn, which I will touch on in a minute.

We started off the weekend with a day in Healdsburg.  We hit up the Bear Republic Brewery first and enjoyed lunch complete with fish and chips, chili with antelope, boar and venison, and of course bear.  Our favorite beer is Racer 5 but we had to do a tasting of their seasonal varieties.

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My favorite out of the tasting was the ADHA-527 Rebellion.  Next, we walked off our lunch and enjoyed window shopping in this adorable town.  I have heard and read so much about Healdsburg and it’s wineries, but unfortunately we were limited with our time there so we did not get a chance to check it out.  We did, however stop at a wonderful coffee shop called Flying Goat Coffee .  I got a vanilla latte and Matt went with a cappucino.

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Adorable coffee shop, definitely make a visit if you’re in Healdsburg (they have one in Santa Rosa too).

Now it was time to make our way to Cloverdale.  We wanted to check out the downtown before checking into our B and B.  It was cute, very quiet, not much going on.  Apparently THIS is art in Cloverdale:

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There were a few artists displays on the sidewalks which I thought was cool.  There’s another coffee shop called “Plank Coffee” that I wanted to try but I was already too hopped up on caffeine, maybe next time.

Now onto the Old Crocker Inn….instant relaxation!  It was tucked away up on a hill with amazing views of Alexander Valley.   It is so peaceful and quiet, nature just surrounds you.  The owner, Tony, was my Grandpa’s best friend since the 7th grade so this is how I originally heard of the place.  Him and his wife Marcia are amazing hosts, they make you feel right at home.  I wrote a review of the Old Crocker Inn here on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/old-crocker-inn-cloverdale#hrid:XxkDElYtkF0PDSWf1buaBw

Some pictures:

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They serve a wonderful, full course breakfast every morning. Coffee, tea, and baked goods are available 24/7 as well as free movie rentals.  If you have any questions about the area, Tony is more than helpful.

Relaxing at the Inn was the main part of our trip, however we did hit up a few wineries off Dry Creek Road and had an awesome lunch at Diavola Pizzeria and Salumeria in downtown Geyserville….what a treat that was.  IMG_2388

I love taking fun little weekend trips like this.  The Bay Area has SO much to offer and it just inspires the creations I like to make in my kitchen 🙂

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