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. (www.williebird.com). 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 (http://www.zazurestaurant.com/). 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 (www.mosaiceats.com/reservations.htm). 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.
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We have a collection of beautiful antique and vintage glassware and china, some silver flatware and vintage furniture. Some are furnishings we are no longer using, others are inherited pieces from a mother and grandmother. All are priced to sell and will be insured and packed carefully and shipped to you.
In addition to these treasures, we also have the work of talented artists and crafts people, some local, in our inventory.
Should you want to know what is cooking at Creekside and other Bed and Breakfast Inns, we are selling cookbooks.
It’s too cold to go swimming in the pool and not cold enough to ice-skate on it but you can still get outside and have some fun.
Western Sonoma County is a great place to find the perfect Christmas tree. Along with some great wineries, berry farms, cheese makers and…..we also have a number of small farms that grow Christmas trees. Most of these farms let you come out and hike around to find cut down your perfect tree. This can be a great family outing on your way home from a weekend at Creekside.
It can put Scrooge in the mood for Christmas! If you want to pick your tree early and cut it on the way home, Buddy’s Christmas Trees lets you tag a tree as sold but they can’t guarantee it will be there later. Tags can fall off. To get the freshest tree you could cut it on your way home or you can also bring it back to the resort, cut a 1” slice off the bottom of the tree and stick it in a bucket of water. We can help you and provide the saw, bucket & water. If you keep it watered and cool, they will last a long time like this too. Buddy’s has a great model train setup that the kids will love. The Victorian Christmas Tree Ranch is fun too. In addition to friendly folks and nice trees, they also have a petting zoo that appeals to children of all ages.
Creekside Inn invites you to see Guerneville’s Parade of Lights!
Quirky after dark fun for adults and toddlers alike. Come and join the old time fun. Gangs of bikers, not really, groups of tricyclists decked out in flashing lights and balloons and brightly lit floats along with colorful people take over Main Street. The perfect beverage-hot spiced cider. Cider plus lodging and glow sticks make up the Festival of Lights Package at Creekside.
Look at the article by Nancy Belcher in East Bay Newspapers
See you Saturday.