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Sonoma County Events Newsletter
March, 2000 - Wedding Focus

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  • Beautiful Events
  • Here Comes the Guide
  • Spa Off The Plaza
  • Sebastopol Inn and Osmosis Enzyme Bath
  • Locations for weddings


  • Heart of the (Sonoma) Valley Barrel Tasting
  • Winemakers' Dinner at Madrona Manor
  • Culinary Tour of Sonoma County: Green, Green Valley
  • Sonoma Valley Film Festival
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Editor's Note

Many people have been asking for wedding location information, below are a few resources.

"All great events begin with a great location." is an incredibly useful web site that presents information on how to create perfect weddings, successful banquets, corporate events, focus retreats, conferences, trade shows, traditional Quinceaera, fund raisers and golf tournaments. Providing location information from 43 counties throughout Northern California, it is a perfect match for Judith Rivers-Moore's "Beautiful Event's" books.

Here Comes the Guide
Are you planning a wedding or special event in the Wine Country? You'll find a gold mine of information at We feature many of the Wine Country's best event sites as well as hundreds of facilities throughout California with detailed information including fees and capacities. And, if you also need help selecting event professionals, we have prescreened and highlighted dozens of the state's top caterers, florists, photographers and other vendors.

Spa Off The Plaza
Think of weddings, think of Wine Country. Spa Off The Plaza, a full-service day spa, has had years of experience catering to the bride and her attendants, providing them with a get-together they will remember for years to come. Slip into cozy robes and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and luxurious spa treatments with your group. At Spa Off The Plaza, private closed-group spa events can be arranged for as few as six guests.

Sebastopol Inn and Osmosis Enzyme Bath
We invite you and a friend to be rejuvenated with our Overnight Spa Package. Relax in a charming room with a view of the Inn's garden; revitalize your senses with a warm, fragrant Osmosis Enzyme Bath and blanket wrap; restore your energy with dinner for 2 from one of Sebastopol's fine restaurants. Priced from $300 - $350. Holidays excluded, advance reservations required. For details and reservations please call the Sebastopol Inn at 707.829.2500 or email at,

Additional locations for weddings:
Sonoma Coast Villa
Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
Sonoma Mission Inn
The Depot Hotel
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, Sonoma

If you are visiting the Sonoma County area in March, here are our recommendations of interesting things to see and do:

March 18 - 19 -- Heart of the Valley Barrel Tasting
Participating Kenwood and Glen Ellen wineries open their cellar doors to offer barrel samples of their finest wines. Guests will enjoy two days of excellent wines and savory food pairings, in addition to wine and grape growing education demonstrations. This is a weekend not to miss, and an unusual treat throughout the valley.
Fee: $28, Good for both days, must be purchased in advance.
Time: 11:00am - 4:30pm Phone Number: (707) 833-5891 Kathy, Kenwood Vineyards or (800) 543-7713

March 24 -- Winemakers' Dinner at Madrona Manor
This food and wine extravaganza is sure to satisfy the gourmand in you, featuring Simi Winery wines.,
Fee: $87.50 per person Time: 6:00pm Phone Number: (800) 258-4003, (707) 433-4231

March 29 -- Culinary Tour of Sonoma County: Green, Green Valley
Michele Anna Jordan, the award-winning chef and writer will lead a culinary tour of Green Valley. Visits may include market gardens, a goat farm, a bakery, and some award-winning wineries normally closed to the public. Picnic and taste some of Green Valley's most enticing sparkling wines and pinot noirs, considered among the best in the world. Includes chauffeured transportation, picnic lunch, tastings, hand-outs and site fees. Ramekins Culinary School is Sonoma Valley's only learning facility dedicated to the education of the home cook, from the amateur to the aficionado.
Fee: $85.00 Time: 10:00 AM For information and reservations: 707.933.0450,

March 30 - April 2 -- Sonoma Valley Film Festival
German Classic "Johanna D'Arc Mongolia" at Sonoma Cinemas 7:00pm -- 10:00pm. American Independent "Naturally Native" 7:00pm -- 9:00pm Sebastiani Theatre
Fee: $8.00 These shows always sell out early, get your tickets early. Call for other shows and times Phone Number: (707) 258-5929

Weather Forecasts
Check out this site for weather predictions, choose the San Francisco area:

The poet Shelly said we are all Greeks. I can only agree, especially in regards to their jealous city-state prejudice. I'm speaking about myself and my home -Sonoma County. This is a place where the inhabitants of one town would not voluntarily be a member of a county where the neighboring town was also a member.

But this is as it should be! County boundaries were established in 1850 (after gold had been discovered at Sutter's Mill in the Sierra foothills). The only people in the county were 8,000 native people (more about them later), a couple dozen Russians and Alaskan natives at Fort Ross, less than 100 Californios (Mexican citizens) and American's combined. There were hardly any gringos here to argue with!

In fact, the Americans who settled Sonoma County came here to get-away-from-it-all, fiercely independent, even today! (I'm sure to hear from them about this article.)

In any case, I'm glad the towns of Sonoma County don't have standing militias or I'd be on the lookout for the residents of the next town, marching over the hill, shoulder-to-shoulder with their weed eaters and leaf blowers!

What does this means to a visitor, you ask? Every nook and cranny in Sonoma County prides itself on its uniqueness. Each town oozes character; the citizens are bursting with pride about their restaurants, bookstores, bakeries and theaters - it's a well-earned conceit.

If I may recommend, it would be diplomatic to say, "Oh, this town is so much nicer than (the next one over)," you'll get even better service. ;-)

We encourage your feedback, please send your comments to our newsletter editor, Karla Noyes: Suggestions of topics you would like to see in future issues are welcome.

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For more events in the Sonoma County area for the rest of 2000 please look through our extensive Events Calendar:

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