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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A perfect spot for a picnic the farm also features a duck pond, farm stand and flower shop.
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…)read more
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)
Vineyards in the fall – photo by: Russian River Wine Growers
Healdsburg Vineyard Sunset – Photo by: John Annesley
Fall leaves at a vineyard near Madrona Manor
Photo by: Derrick Story
Fall Leaves at Madrona Manor
Matheson Street in Healdsburg, Ca.
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…)read more
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.read more
Romantic, historic inn; an acclaimed restaurant; and a site for storybook weddings and customized events…
1001 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-1542 ext. 111