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The Daughter’s Inn
The Beazleys carry on family traditions by opening Napa’s newest Bed & Breakfast Inn…
The Daughter’s Inn was originally built in the early 1900’s in a grand Queen Ann shingle style. It was "modernized" in the 20’s to reflect a more Arts & Crafts style exterior. This lovely mansion has beautiful Venetian chandeliers, coved ceilings, a magnificent wood staircase, and an original carved ceramic fireplace, all lovingly restored to reveal original charm and beauty -- truly a fabulous home.
As you enter the grand foyer you are greeted warmly by your Innkeepers, Brooke or Perry, who live on the premises. Beautiful large "lights over glass" windows abound throughout the house creating a bright cheery feel. The ever so inviting living room, with its fabulous fireplace, is a great place to sit and enjoy the moment, read a book, or just converse with a friend.
Each guest room is as individual as their names. All of the rooms are named after "flower fairies" and decorated with the colors of these flowers, commonly found in England. The attention to detail is evident everywhere, and includes all the modern conveniences. The rooms are large, beautifully decorated and furnished with English and American antiques. Each room has a private bath, large shower, whirlpool tub, and fireplace.
Guests at the Daughter's inn will enjoy a delicious full breakfast described as "low fat, high taste!" Everything is prepared at the inn, including fresh homemade muffins and breads.
The Daughter’s Inn is in the Historic Downtown area of Napa, a comfortable walk to fine shops, world-class restaurants, and the picturesque Napa River. You can also catch the Napa Downtown Trolley and cruise to many Napa attractions including COPIA, Napa Premium Outlets and more. What an ideal location!
Wine Country Spas
Pamper yourself in Wine Country...
Last month WineCountry.com editorial staff visited three spas - two in Sonoma County and one in the Napa Valley - to experience a selection of the unique offerings available at various spas in Wine Country and present them to you, our readers. Here is what our staff members had to report:
Have you ever wondered what happens to all the by products of the winemaking business? Well I just had the chance to find out. On a cold and rainy day I visited the Raindance Spa at the Lodge at Sonoma to indulge in their Grape Seed Rose Hip Mud Wrap. After relaxing in tranquil surroundings I was wrapped in a luxuriously warm paste made of milled white wine grape seeds and rose hips. This combination is said to infuse the body with powerful antioxidants and vitamins E and C to build and maintain a good blood vascular system…and although I can’t be sure it did all that it certainly felt good.
The Raindance spa has created a lovely atmosphere with cozy fireplaces and places to just sit and relax. One can dip into the natural hot mineral waters located in a beautifully designed courtyard just outside the main building, or enjoy the Raindance Suite, the spa's signature treatment room which is designed for individuals or couples and boasts a private fireplace, cedar sauna, Monsoon shower, and hydrotherapy tub along with a private balcony overlooking the spa garden.
Whichever treatment you choose you will not be disappointed. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and when necessary unobtrusive. And now that I know that wine by products can be put to such good use…..I will just have to enjoy more wine and do my bit to insure we have plenty to go around.
Visit www.thelodgeatsonoma.com and click on the link to Raindance Spa for all the details.
In continued pursuit of wine related treatments, next came the Vintage Wine Treatment at the newly opened Vineyard Creek Spa, part of the Vineyard Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Santa Rosa. Housed in a separate wing of the hotel, the Spa offers a tranquil, well appointed waiting area, spacious locker rooms with a large steam room, and wet/dry treatment rooms to accommodate a variety of different treatments.
The Vintage Wine Treatment starts with a full body exfoliation using crushed grape seeds mixed with a soothing lavender body gel. This is gently rubbed over the entire body and then you slip into the waiting bath filled with an anti-oxidant grape seed tea. After relaxing peacefully for 20 minutes and sipping on your choice of a Sonoma County wine or herb tea you emerge smooth and relaxed. A full body grape seed oil massage finishes the treatment…and a nap is about all you can think of from then on.
The Vineyard Creek Spa is open to the public as well as Hotel guests and offers a full range of treatments and packages designed to suit just about every taste.
At the Mount View Hotel and Spa I enjoyed the Dr. Hauschka Full-Body Rhythmical Treatment. This treatment was beautifully presented by Estethician, Corrine Rowland, who is one of few people trained in the technique. The relaxing and unique full-body massage uses a soft rhythmic technique, stimulating the blood and lymph systems, thereby strengthening and detoxifying the immune system. As a result I felt totally de-stressed and deeply relaxed. The holistic approach helps to restore the flow of natural life rhythms, and with the aid of pure botanical products and a nurturing touch by Corrine, I found myself sinking into utterly blissful relaxation.
Following this marvelous treatment I slipped into a luxurious Lavender Hydrotherapy Bath located in a private room, allowing me to totally escape into a quiet, serene world of my own. The comfortable tub is suitable for individuals or couples, making a Seasonal Hydrotherapy Bath or Mud Bath the perfect way to spend a soothing afternoon.
The Mount View Hotel's newly remodeled spa has 12 private treatment rooms, locker rooms, a large outdoor heated pool, and a Jacuzzi whirlpool. Tranquility and privacy are so ideally conveyed at this elegant spa which offers an extensive variety of treatments and packages. From the moment you step into your robe and slippers until the end of the treatment you are totally pampered.
The Mount View Hotel also offers charming rooms, suites and cottages. Within the hotel is one of Napa Valley’s finest restaurants, the Catahoula.
For the ultimate in relaxation and pampering,
be sure to include a spa visit in your itinerary for your next
trip to California's Wine Country!
Highland Ranch — Anderson Valley
This month the WineCountry.com Special Offer is from Highland Ranch in Mendocino County's beautiful Anderson Valley.
Buy one night's stay* at Highland Ranch and your companion gets to join you for free! A $285 value! (Some restrictions may apply.)
Only one special is available! Call now!
For a unique opportunity to practice the neglected art of ‘hammocking,’ a skill which involves lying on your back in a hammock and doing absolutely nothing, there is no better place than the perfectly serene Highland Ranch.
Host George Gaines is happy to provide you with all sorts of wonderful distractions, but strongly advises that you give doing nothing a good try. Should you feel like a little activity, you can go trail riding with one of the ranch’s experienced guides, have a dip in the pool, fish the well stocked lake, or practice your skill at clay pigeon shooting.
The perfect quiet of Highland Ranch will lull you into a sense of marvelous well being, and the gourmet meals prepared with fresh local produce and wines chosen by the host himself will delight your senses.
One final luxury... your well-behaved dog is not only permitted to join you, he is welcome! So welcome in fact that each "canine guest" even receives their own special welcome gift.
Check out this amazing place at http://www.highlandranch.com/
*Your stay includes private lodging, all meals, wine and cocktails, and riding and use of all recreational facilities. Also included are county room tax and state sales tax on relevant portions. The only additional charges are for cartridges and clay pigeons, private riding lessons, and any special arrangements or long-distance telephone calls.
For details contact George Gaines at Highland
Recipe of the Month
Chicken with Truffles, Wild Mushrooms and Potatoes
Pairs superbly with the 1999 Hawley Merlot, Bradford Mountain.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken wings; brown well, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Add shallots; sauté 4 minutes. Add wine; bring to boil. Add broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Strain sauce into medium saucepan. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)
Preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle roasting chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Place thyme and garlic in cavity. Run fingers between skin and meat on breast to loosen. Arrange truffle slices under skin or spread truffle sauce under skin. Rub 1 teaspoon truffle oil over skin. Place chicken in roasting pan.
Toss potatoes, mushrooms, bacon and 2 tablespoons olive oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture around chicken. Roast chicken until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced, stirring vegetables occasionally, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter. Mix peas into vegetable mixture; stir to heat through.
Bring sauce to simmer. Reduce heat
to low. Add 1 teaspoon truffle oil, then butter and whisk just
until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon vegetables
onto plates. Serve with chicken and sauce.
Recipe from Bon Appetit.
*Black truffles and black truffle sauce are
available at specialty foods stores.
See more recipes at the Locals web site:
Tasting Room Recommendation
Yorkville Cellars in Anderson Valley
A WineCountry.com staff member recently visited Yorkville Cellars, located in Mendocino County’s scenic Anderson Valley along Highway 128. Yorkville Cellars is one of the ten original certified organic vineyards in the North Coast regions of California. This CCOF (Certified California Organic Farmers) certification, which the vineyard has held since 1986, guarantees that no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers are ever used in the growing of Yorkville Cellars’ grapes.
All of their estate-grown and bottled wines are produced from grapes grown in the 30-acres of vineyards that surround the winery. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes are from the Randle Hill Vineyard, while the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes are grown in the Rennie Vineyard. Yorkville Cellars is the only North Coast estate to organically grow all seven of the Bordeaux grape varietals.
In addition to producing the five main red wines of Bordeaux, Yorkville Cellars also crafts two blends; Eleanor of Aquitane and Richard the Lion-Heart. Eleanor of Aquitane is a classic Graves-style Bordeaux blend made from the very best estate-grown Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Richard the Lion-Heart is a blend of the five red Bordeaux grapes grown in the Yorkville vineyards, bringing together all the full-bodied aromas and complexities in one very fine wine. Other wineries have been known to blend all five Bordeaux-style grapes, but never from one single vineyard location. This fact and their "Masters of Organics" Award makes Yorkville’s wines stand out from others in their class.
Winery proprietors, Edward and Deborah Wallo, founded Yorkville Cellars and bottled their first estate wines in 1994. The driveway, lined with over 500 rose bushes, leads to the original highway that ran through the Anderson Valley in the 1940s, towards coastal Highway 1. You will find the winery's tasting room located in the middle of the estate vineyards and surrounded by 175 year-old oak trees, which provide much-needed shade during the warm days of summer.
Edward Wallo specifically chose the location of the tasting room for the Oregon-like view visible from the wrap-around porch and the rolling California hills behind. He says, "The Mendocino region still holds the feeling of the locals getting on with business."
The next time you visit southern Mendocino County, stop by Yorkville Cellars’ Tasting Room and experience their wonderful wines firsthand. They offer wine tasting daily from 11 AM – 6 PM, free of charge.
Yorkville Cellars can be found on the web at http://www.yorkville-cellars.com
From the moment of arrival at Hotel Oceana one notices the Mediterranean splendor and luxurious surroundings. Decorated by renowned interior designer, Kathryn Ireland, this gracious property offers the ambiance of an elegant beachside home. The utmost attention to detail is prevalent throughout the hotel.
Situated in Santa Barbara's West Beach, within a stone's throw of the ocean and all that Santa Barbara has to offer, Hotel Oceana's delightful grounds feature flowering courtyards, sun terraces, patios with ocean views, heated pools, a Jacuzzi, fitness center and an onsite spa, not to mention sweeping views of the wharf and harbor. Who could ask for anything more…but there is! All rooms feature luxurious touches such as crisp Frette linens, fluffy duvets and Aveda™ bath products. The hotel is located just a block away from State Street shopping, elegant restaurants, fine galleries, and the nightlife of Santa Barbara.
A WineCountry representative recently experienced Hotel Oceana, and confessed wanting to forgo all planned expeditions and simply take pleasure in the elegant Spanish charm, cool fountains, palm trees and tropical flowers, perhaps ending the day with a trip to the spa! In the evening you’ll find enjoyment in sipping wine under a beautiful coastal sunset from a balcony dripping with fragrant "giant honeysuckle" vines. This month you can enjoy superb wines from the Santa Ynez Valley, as Koehler Winery is hosting a wine tasting in Hotel Oceana's guest lounge on Friday, January 24th and 31st, from 4pm to 7pm.
Upon rising in the morning, be sure to indulge in the delightful breakfast served in the guest lounge. Hotel Oceana is said to have the best breakfast in town, for the unbelievable price of $9. Fresh coffee and a fabulous array of pastries are offered, along with a sumptuous selection of fruit, meats, cheeses, cereals and beverages.
After a relaxing night and a delicious breakfast at Hotel Oceana, you’ll be ready to experience all Santa Barbara Wine Country has to offer!
Check out Hotel Oceana's web site at: http://www.hoteloceana.com/
Events for January
January 24 - February 2 -- Mendocino
Crab & Wine Days
January 30 -- Crabulation! Crab Cooking
For a complete calendar of events in the Mendocino Region, visit: http://mendocino.winecountry.com/events.html
January 16 -- Sweet Thursdays at
January 17 -- Blending Seminar
For a complete calendar of events in the Monterey Region, visit: http://monterey.winecountry.com/events.html
January 10 -- Taste of Copia Luncheon
January 25 -- Memories of Living
Along the Napa River
For a complete calendar of events in the Napa Valley Region, visit: http://www.napavalley.com/events.html
SAN LUIS OBISPO:
January 17 -- Tim Conway and Harvey
January 18 -- Winter BBQ
For a complete calendar of events in the San Luis Obispo Region, visit: http://sanluisobispo.winecountry.com/events.html
January 10 - 11 -- Solvang Blues
January 23 -- Hungarian National
For a complete calendar of events in the Santa Barbara Region, visit: http://santabarbara.winecountry.com/events.html
January 18 -- Wineries'
January 11 - 12 -- 29th Annual Santa
Cruz Fungus Fair
For a complete calendar of events in the Santa Cruz Region, visit: http://santacruz.winecountry.com/events.html
January 24 - 25 -- Dinner Conversations
with Chef Marco
January 25 -- LBC Presents Ain't
For a complete calendar of events
in the Sonoma Region, visit: http://www.sonoma.com/events.html
Win a Wine Country Gourmet Getaway for Two!
Relax and let your worries melt away... Journey by rail while you tease your palate with a delicious and decadent five-course gourmet dinner… Sample world class wines… Learn the secrets of Wine Country gourmets …
You could win a the Wine Country Gourmet Getaway for Two, including the Stress Stopper Package from Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort, a five-course gourmet dinner on the famous and historic Napa Valley Wine Train, vineyard and winery tour tickets from Robert Mondavi Winery, and tickets for a gourmet cooking demonstration at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone!.
No purchase necessary. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Only one entry per person permitted. Winner will be selected February 7, 2002 by random drawing. Winner will be notified by email. Employees of FreeRun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.
Visit Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs
Resort at: http://www.drwilkinson.com/
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