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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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Madrona Manor Wedding, Healdsburg, CA.

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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Madrona Manor Mansion in 1881

The History of Healdsburg’s Victorian Grande Dame – Madrona Manor

August 23, 2014

Back when Madrona Manor was built in 1881, California had only been a state for a little over 30 years, horse and buggy were the main staple of transportation and women were still wearing the torture devices known as corsets. (more…)

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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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