5 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Will Make You Feel the Love

Nervous before your big Valentine’s Day weekend? Don’t worry. Who isn’t, after all?

Life begins where your comfort zone ends, and those butterflies in your stomach mean you’re truly living.

If you want to calm them down a bit though so that you can really experience the moment, we’re here to help. So is the wine of course, but that’s the obvious solution, and the best dates are the ones that get creative.

Allow of us to inspire the creative mind within you, and to offer our suggestions for a truly memorable date, for couples who just said “I love you” for the first time, to ones celebrating their 15th Crystal Anniversary. Here are 5 event ideas to make sure your Valentine’s Day weekend goes off without a hitch, and that will leave you wondering why you were worried at all in the first place.



Jack London State Park

Get Away From It All

Want to go somewhere where it will be just the two of you? Pick up your favorite foods at Glen Ellen Village Market before heading out to Jack London State Park. Take a secluded walk through breath-taking fields and forests before settling down to an afternoon picnic. Soak up the warm 70-degree sun, relax, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon with just the two of you before heading back to the inn for dinner and a romantic evening alone.


Team Up for Success

Spend an afternoon as your own team of two by enjoying a wild mushroom hunt at Stone Edge Farm. Scout the gorgeous fields and hills of Sonoma for one of nature’s most delightful culinary items, and savor your bounty after you’re all done by cooking them into a dish of your choice with Stone Edge Farm’s Culinary Director John McReynolds and local mycologist Julie Schreiber.


Daytime Dessert

Chocolate should always be a priority. End of thought. And since this weekend is all about great couples, why not pair chocolate with its ideal partner? Truffles and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and you can sample the very best of both all day Saturday at Larson Family Winery.


Put on Some Music


B.R. Cohn Winery

Enjoy live music, wine tasting, and fresh, local Tomales Bay oysters on Saturday or Sunday as part of B.R. Cohn Winery’s Sip With Your Sweetheart Valentine’s Day event.


Keep It Light

As tantalizing as a plate of lasagna sounds, it can leave you feeling less-than-spry once you’ve savored it all. Our executive chef has prepared a comprehensive arrangement of entrées just for Valentine’s Day that are rich and inviting, yet also will ensure that you feel light and ready for the remainder of the evening once your meal is done. For example, enjoy a plate of crab cakes with an invigorating spicy aioli, and follow up with a main course of beef tenderloin with wild porcini sauce.


From all of us at Kenwood Inn and Spa, we’d like to wish you and your loved one a Valentine’s Day that you will both treasure forever.





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New Year, New Experiences in Wine Country

Part of being a knowledgeable concierge is actually getting up from my desk and experiencing wine country. I had the privilege of doing that recently, and I wanted to share my experience with you!

Wine Country

The Donum Estate

For the ultimate pinot noir experience, Donum is the destination. A passion project of president and winegrower Anne Moller-Racke, Donum offers private appointments at their stunning property in the Carneros Region. They also grow grapes in Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley which are known for high scoring pinot noir. In 2015 they introduced a new visual element to the winery – art! Now you can see amazing sculptures by such artists as Ai Weiwei. Book your tour today to experience the magic first hand.


Grapeline Wine Tours

Beautiful Sonoma Valley

If you are looking for transportation to wineries, call Grapeline Wine Tours. It’s Sonoma Valley’s newest transportation company that offers both private and group wine tours. Your tour can include a lunch prepared to your liking from The Girl & The Fig – the salted chocolate chip cookies are my favorite!


Call or email me to set up your wine country itinerary!




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‘Tis the Season for Festivities!

A close-up on the detail in the Muscardini Cellars gingerbread house

A close-up on the detail in the Muscardini Cellars gingerbread house

The impressive gingerbread house at St. Jean Winery

The impressive gingerbread house at Chateau St. Jean Winery

This holiday season, Sonoma Valley is celebrating with a Valley-wide Gingerbread Contest. Visit some amazing wineries where you can sample their wine and view their amazing Gingerbread Houses. Cast your vote and each time you do, be entered to wine a case of extraordinary Sonoma Valley wine. If you need help with gift ideas for friends and family, there will be specials discounts on seasonal treats and wine sets for both the nice and naughty listers.

Stop by to see me on your way so we can set you up with tasting passes!

Wineries with Gingerbread Houses include (click here for a great map of locations):

1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen

15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen

25 East Napa Street, Suite E, Sonoma Plaza

18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma

8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood

15401 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma
(by appointment only)

1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen

23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma

777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen

9380 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood


Cheers and happy holidays,


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Chelsea DeMennoAs our in-house blogger, concierge and Sonoma guru, Chelsea helps create truly unique experiences...