Am I still “new” if I have been the General Manager of Kenwood Inn and Spa for over four months now? Probably so, since I am new to Kenwood too! I relocated from Southern California in November, and in Los Angeles there is certainly something different to do every night of the week. By contrast, I have also lived in more remote areas of the country like Edwards, Colorado, where the activities options include skiing and… more skiing. As I get settled in my new surroundings I am always intrigued by what is happening in my own backyard; I like to get out and explore what the locals are doing in order to better assimilate myself into my new community.
I’ve found that Sonoma County is the perfect blend of just enough activity, but not too much to disrupt its serene atmosphere. I read an interesting excerpt from the Heart of Sonoma Valley website that captures that very feeling:
“Heart of Sonoma Valley is located in Northern Sonoma Valley. Dozens of wineries dot our hills and speckle our valley in and around the picturesque towns of Kenwood and Glen Ellen. For over 100 years, we have been producing world-class wines. Our history is rich, our wines are distinct with character, our roots run deep. We invite you for a glass of wine, a delicious meal, a walk through our gardens, a hike in our parks, a visit to our preserves… here you’ll find a bit of heaven in the place we call home.”
What better location is there to enjoy that glass of wine, a delicious meal, and a walk through the garden than our very own hotel? There aren’t many! However, while you are our guest we encourage you to explore some of the truly unique experiences Sonoma has to offer. During the month of March there are two spectacular events that all of us at Kenwood Inn and Spa look forward to, and recommend you take part in as well. We invite our guests to contact the concierge for tips on these experiences or for assistance purchasing tickets.
SAVOR SONOMA VALLEY
The 2015 Savor Sonoma Valley takes place on March 21st and 22nd. Wineries will be showcasing 2014 vintage wines straight from the barrels, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired perfectly with culinary creations prepared by local chefs and restaurants. Meet winemakers, mingle with wine lovers behind-the-scenes, peruse art from local artists and listen to live music. Experience the best that Sonoma Valley has to offer. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
If you have had your fill of great food and great wine, how about some great film? Now in its 18th year, the Sonoma International Film Festival (March 25 – 29, 2015) takes place in the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country and features more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.
This unique five-day event offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Danny Glover have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
It is a pleasure to be living in such a beautiful part of the country with such unique experiences at our doorstep. I’d encourage you to try both stellar events if you are in the area…. maybe I will see you there!