December 19th, 2009

Sonoma County is a great place for cycling and there are many people who ride here year round. You may not think of a Sonoma County cycling adventure in December but if you want to participate in one of the best cycling events in the county, you will need to act soon. Last October Sonoma county had its first Gran Fondo and it was a great success. Levis Gran Fondo sold out rapidly last year and it is likely to do the same this year. Registration for the event is open now and will be very likely to fill up shortly.To learn more about the event and register for it go to the Gran Fondo Website

And if you do want to visit Sonoma County for a cycling adventure Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, our resident bike geek (Mark) would be happy to help you plan rides from Creekside Inn & Resort.

Want to book an accommodation at Creekside Inn

Watch for information on Winter Wineland and great clam chowder coming soon.

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

September 3rd, 2009

September 12th and 13th are this years dates for the always wonderful Blues and Jazz Festival

We don’t have any vacancies but the Highlands Resort does as of this time. They are close to the festival and really charming.

On the following weekend we currently have no rooms but it is the Russian River Sisters Detention Hall Bingo

Check our Montfort Music Special for the weekend of September 25th and 26th. We are offering a 25% discount and music.


September 1st, 2009

Creekside is offering an extended stay at our expense.  Come in on Thursday the 3rd of September and stay until Tuesday the 8th.  Avoid the traffic and enjoy an evening at the Occidental Farmers Market. Book your stay on the Creekside website.

The pool is open the river beaches are hopping and our new hot tub is up and running.


May 4th, 2009


Spring is here and the flowers are in bloom.   The rain should  stop tomorrow, the sun will come out  and we have availability this weekend.

Farmers’ Markets are opening.  Give special attention to “Eating our way through farmers’ market bounty” which was a recent  article in the local Santa Rosa Press Democrat .

Give us a call or an email and ask for Lynn  and I will make you a deal for the weekend of the 8th and 9th of May in one of our new Nature’s Suites.

Spring Hikes in Sonoma County

March 21st, 2009

Here on the Wildside of the Wine Country on the Russian River, we’ve had some rain and everything is in bloom.   The Press Democrat just ran a story called  “Five Undiscovered Spring Hikes” .  Some of the wild Iris at the coast have begun to bloom.  In April the drive out Coleman Valley Road from Occidental to the Coast should be through beautiful hills enhanced with the blue of the blooming wild iris.  If you have never seen it before then try to get here for it this year.

Let us know you saw this here and stay any 2 nights through this April 18th for the price of  just 1 night.


March 14th, 2009

It’s important to keep up with family and friends! Who knows when you might need a spare room for you, your spouse and the seven critters (kids, ferrets or alligators) to crash in for the next six months, a perfect kidney match or someone to borrow money from? Read the rest of this entry »

Wonderful Winter Wineland and the Locavore Movement Flourishes

January 8th, 2009

Tickets are on sale ONLY until the coming Friday for the Russian River Wine Road’s 17th Annual Winter Wineland event on January 17 & 18. At Creekside Inn & Resort, in honor of this great wine celebration we are offering the third night, of a stay of two nights are longer, absolutely free. Stay with us two night and receive your third night at no charge! Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Color and Thanksgiving activities

November 20th, 2008

Most people think of New England when they think of beautiful fall colors, but West Sonoma County has plenty of fall colors on display. Where in New England the colors change mostly on the trees, here it is the grape vines as well that turn lovely combinations of gold, orange, plum and brown.  Check out the article in the local paper by clicking  on this link

Some of our favorite fall drives:

  • River Road out to the coast at Jenner (you follow the Russian River) bucolic pictures of cows and sheep on the hills and peeks of the Russian River in between our glorious redwoods
  • Westside Road past wineries and vineyards in full fall color to lunch in Healdsburg
  • Bohemian Highway is a wonderful 10-mile drive through towering redwoods, gorgeous pastures, rocky ravines, and three charming towns Freestone, Occidental and Monte Rio.

Wineries having Open Houses Thanksgiving Weekend:

  • Paradise Ridge is offering wine for sale and holiday snacks.
  • Acorn Winery will have festive snacks and wine tasting.
  • Alexander Valley Wineries are seven wineries open after Thanksgiving for a Holiday Party. Visit Fieldstone, Hanna, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Johnson’s Alexander Valley, Sausal, White Oak, and Stryker Sonoma for award winning wines, discounts, and festive fare. Visit all wineries for a chance to win a gift basket. Fee: $5.00 per person, includes a glass
  • Kendall-Jackson Holiday Open House 
Holiday, Celebration: Reception, Wine Tasting and Hors d’oeuvres. Art show and sale. Taste limited release wines, tour the gardens, and shop for holiday gifts.
  • Thanksgiving Celebration at Pedroncelli
Holiday will have great wines, holiday cheer and snacks.
  • Dry Creek Vineyards’ Holiday Open House
Holiday Celebration has become a local favorite during the long holiday weekend as guests enjoy tasty tidbits paired with an outstanding array of single vineyard wines and live music.

We hope you will have a pleasant Thanksgiving wherever you are.

On the River and In the Woods for Thanksgiving

November 6th, 2008

On the Russian River and in a cottage high up in the redwoods, with views of nature through the treetops, can you think of a better way to create a new Thanksgiving holiday tradition? Think of lying in bed with a lovely fire burning in the your bedroom fireplace and out your window a view of trees.  After a leisurely breakfast on your private balcony, you spend the day foraging for your Thanksgiving menu from some of the best of the local suppliers. Farms, bakeries and artisans that supply what they grow to the best restaurants in Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco surround us. For example, there is Willie Bird Turkeys, a family-owned business who has been raising fresh free-range turkeys for more than 75 years. ( Gourmet bakeries, organic vegetables, artisan cheese and chocolate makers, organic meat and seafood suppliers and, of course, a number of fabulous wineries are all within driving distance. We will be happy to provide you with a list of how to create your own gourmet dinner by visiting local suppliers and sampling the wares.  Much rather spend the day, visiting a couple of wineries, taking a walk in the redwoods, and having an in-cottage massage? But want to enjoy the privacy of eating in your cottage and just cooking the turkey or tofurky? The local Safeway has a number of side-dishes already prepared from pumpkin soup to mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. For a higher-end option ZaZu restaurant & farm, the Zagat, Wine Spectator and Food Channel darlings, are just up the road ( On the gourmet side-dish menu this year are a number of choices including: bacon wrapped dates with harissa; maple and browned butter yams; quinoa and squash stuffing with pine nuts and currants or gingerbread stuffing with squash, apples, celery and shallots. For dessert, they are preparing pumpkin gelato pie with gingersnap crust and caramel sauce (they make all their own gelato in the Italian way) or Laura Chenel goat cheesecake with a brown sugar crust. Orders for their side-dishes must be in by November 19th! We will be happy to send you the whole list of what they are offering.   We also have a number of restaurants in the area, offering full Thanksgiving dinners with several different price points. Our favorite for creativity, fabulous fresh ingredients and ambiance is Mosaic Restaurant. Information on their menu and their reservation system is available at ( Another good option for Thanksgiving is Applewood Restaurant. Their menu this year includes: celery root soup with white truffle crema and cinnamon porcini; oven roasted turkey served with apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, garnet yam sofrito, gravy and cranberry relish; and pumpkin crème brule with vanilla marshmallows and brown butter shortbread. They have other menu choices available as well. The price is $65.00 per person and beverages, tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations are available at 800.555.8509. The Village Inn Restaurant in Monte Rio is offering a menu for $53.00 per adult and $30 per child eleven and under plus tax and gratuity. Their menu includes a choice of three starters, four entrees and two desserts. Some of the menu choices are fresh roasted young turkey with a cornbread Italian sausage, nut, caramelized apples and onion stuffing, natural pan gravy and cranberry compote. All their entrees are served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, maple chunk sweet potatoes, fresh green beans almandine and warm dinner rolls. Reservations are available at 800.303.2303.  Check back next week when we have information available on Christmas Tree Farms and wineries and other attractions open on Thanksgiving Day.

Save on a November Visit

October 25th, 2008

Book a stay of three nights from November 1 to November 31 and we will give you the fourth night free! We are at the end of all our renovations and November is a perfect time to come and stay with us in one of our new eco-friendly cottages or new birdhouse rooms. All the rooms have been raised high into the redwoods and many have private balconies sitting up among the trees.
The weather is still gorgeous. The days have been sunny with mild breezes and no humidity. The temperatures during the days are in the 80s. The nights cool down to the low 50s or high 40s. All of these are Fahrenheit temperatures of course. The 10-day forecast at shows more of the same fabulous weather. The day temperatures right now are better than some summers we have seen.
Need another reason to come visit us in November? On the 15th, Joan Baez is going to be at the nearby Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 2008 marks her 50th anniversary as a performer. Here is a link to her MySpace page: Reservations are available at 707.546.3600 and