DaVero WInery

Who are the people in our neighborhood?

February 6, 2015

At the cross roads of the Russian River and Dry Creek valleys, and only a mile away from downtown Healdsburg, Madrona Manor is the ideal starting point for endless adventures.  Two of our favorite destinations, DaVero Farms and Winery and Dragonfly Floral are also our closest neighbors. These two gems define the uniqueness and beauty of our little section of Westside Road.

DaVero Winery

DaVero Farms and Winery sits on the corner just opposite Madrona Manor’s archway.  This picture perfect spot epitomizes everything that is wonderful about our locale.  With a tasting room surrounded by lush vineyards, beautiful vegetable and flower gardens, free roaming chickens and some lovable pigs, this is a down-to-earth spot to enjoy more than just wine.

DaVero Winery piglets

Husband and Wife team Ridgely Evers and Colleen McGlynn started growing olives on their neighboring home farm over 30 years ago and soon came up with a simple mission: “Grow what belongs here. Be patient.” The resulting olive oil has been touted as some of the best in the world and often appears on Madrona Manor’s menu. In the years that followed the patience paid off as the farm took shape and vineyards were also planted. Somewhat of an iconoclast in the area, DaVero chose to plant only Mediterranean varietals to match the climate of our area. Two of our favorites are Sagrantino and Vermentino. The vineyards are wild with beautiful undergrowth and surrounded by fruit trees and vegetables.

DaVero Tasting Room

A visit to the tasting room offers a chance to sample wines, olive oils and many other farm made items, including some of the best jams we’ve tasted.

Dragonfly Floral

 

Another iconoclast in the area, Bonnie Z of Dragonfly Floral bought six acres in 1990 for her family home and farm and immediately started yanking out all of the grapes.  This created a stir in the area as most land purchases of the time involved planting vineyards, not taking them out.  The resulting farm was truly Bonnie’s vision however and has become a haven for flora and fauna.

Dragonfly Farm

 

Originally a vegetable farm, Dragonfly soon gravitated toward flowers.  After a local business owner asked Bonnie to arrange flowers for a wedding the niche really took hold and the rest is history. 25 years later, the organic gardens are full of unusual flowers including 1,500 roses from antique to modern.  Bonnie, her daughter Carlisle and an amazing team of floral designers and farmers plant, grow and create on site. With their specialty being weddings, Dragonfly has become the top choice for couples getting married at Madrona Manor.

Dragonfly Floral

A perfect spot for a picnic the farm also features a duck pond, farm stand and flower shop.

Flower Shop

 

 

 

 

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donna jones photography

5 Reasons to Visit Sonoma County During Off Season

January 5, 2015

Like many tourist destinations, Sonoma County has a high and low season.  High season around here is April – October mainly due to warmer weather and river access.  However traveling to the area during low season is a very smart and economical way to experience this exquisite wine country and here is why… (more…)

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Healdsburg Institute

Healdsburg’s Spectacular Fall

November 29, 2014

Growing up in San Francisco I don’t really have memories of  a change in the seasons.  My friends and I would often joke that we had no idea if it was spring, summer, fall or winter. Cold and foggy in the morning, clear skies for about 2-3 hours, then fog again.  Of course I would never complain about those days of amazing San Francisco weather now (especially the fact that I never needed a seasonal change in wardrobe). I did however realize after moving to Healdsburg that I had never experienced a real fall.  My first autumn here in Sonoma County I remember walking through Healdsburg and having this feeling of pure happiness.  I felt like a kid – kicking the fallen leaves on the ground  and looking up to the intense pink clouds at sunset.  The rolling vineyards turned shades of orange, red and yellow that I had never seen before.

I have now called Healdsburg home for 7 years and each fall I am still overwhelmed by it’s beauty.   My office is Madrona Manor which puts on its own fantastic fall color show and has glorious views of the changing vineyards next door.   The wineries are a buzz with their grape harvesting, there are bountiful farmers markets every day of the week and festivals galore!    There is a reason why Wine Road calls this area “Heaven Condensed”.

–J. Young, Special Event Coordinator @ Madrona Manor

(top photo by:  Healdsburg Institute)

Russian River Wine Growers

Vineyards in the fall – photo by: Russian River Wine Growers

Healdsburg Vinyard at Sunset

Healdsburg Vineyard Sunset – Photo by: John Annesley

Madrona Manor Fall Leaves

Fall leaves at a vineyard near Madrona Manor

Sonoma County in the Fall

Photo by: Derrick Story

Madrona Manor Fall Colors

Fall Leaves at Madrona Manor

The Town of Healdsburg in the Fall

Matheson Street in Healdsburg, Ca.

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Real Wedding Spotlight: Molly & Eric

October 20, 2014

In May Madrona Manor was home to Molly and Eric’s elegant, cross cultural, Healdsburg wedding.

The bride had not one, but two gorgeous gowns!  The first was a stunning red sequined floor length dress for the tea ceremony – a total show stopper.   The other was a  (more…)

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Madrona Manor Wine Country Wedding

Sonoma Weddings in a Lush Garden

September 9, 2014

Couples often opt for a Sonoma County wedding because we are so fortunate to experience great weather nearly year round — yet summer is nothing short of spectacular.  (more…)

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Madrona Manor's Master Gardener Landscaper Geno Ceccato

Madrona Manor’s Master Gardener Geno Retires After 30 Years!

September 5, 2014

For the past thirty years Geno Ceccato has lovingly designed and tended the gardens at Madrona Manor. His name appears on the restaurant menu for the beautiful produce he procures and hotel guests are wowed by his flower arrangements. Not a month goes by at Madrona Manor when something isn’t in bloom, making this a truly magical place to visit. His touch is present in every corner of the property and it always gets noticed. But this is where things get sad.

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Wedding Wire Couples Choice 2015
MADRONA MANOR
WINE COUNTRY INN, RESTAURANT AND WEDDING VENUE

Romantic, historic inn; an acclaimed restaurant; and a site for storybook weddings and customized events…

 1001 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448

 http://madronamanor.com

Arielle Larson
SPECIAL EVENT COORDINATOR
Arielle Larson, Special Event Coordinator at Madrona Manor

 (707) 433-1542  ext. 111

 


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