Sonoma County (and Napa County, though we will often refer to them as “The Dark Side”) is a land of dramatic coast lines, ancient forests, and rich flood plains (most of which sport endless rows of grape vines). This region of plenty and beauty is often termed “Wine Country”. As part of Wine Country, we’ve come to realize that this title is one that describes the rich culture that is unique to this region. Friendly faces, amazing cuisine, an acute awareness of the body, and truly amazing sense of hospitality, this is what typifies true Wine Country culture.
Recently our massage therapists were discussing how truly different people can be, even when only a few states separate their lives. In the midst of this discussion one of them cut in with a very enlightening statement.
“Yes, I’ve noticed it too. You can feel it in their bodies, where they come from. Some places value taking care of your body, more than others.”
It was at this moment that it dawned on all of us at Kenwood Inn, this unique culture that so many come to partake in (free flowing wine, who wouldn’t want to visit?) permeates almost every aspect of the region. Bi-weekly farmer markets, daily wine tastings, balloon tours in the wee hours of the morning, biking through the winding and forested mountain roads, all of these experiences emphasize an appreciation that is developed. It takes some finesse to truly grasp at times, but anyone who visits our beautiful Wine Country can sense it right away. This is why we are so proud of our home, and why so many come to visit us. It’s not simply due to a desire to drink wine, to climb mountains, or to visit the town where The Birds (it’s pretty awesome, almost like stepping back in time) was filmed… It’s about something more soothing, and all together more enjoyable.
Rows of grapes spill down the hills of wine country.
It’s about life, love, passion, and so much more. Perhaps words cannot truly describe this little niche of the West Coast, and if that’s the case… Well, you’ll just have to come visit us and experience it yourself.