Situated at the Vintners Inn beside 92 acres of vineyard, John Ash & Co. takes pride in its ability to marry a meal's delicate flavors with the most complementary wine varietals. The upscale eatery, a 2010 Open Table Diner's Choice winner, features homegrown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from on-site gardens, as well as a long list of locally sourced ingredients that, much like the four cardinal directions, change from season to season. The dinner menu offers delectable main courses, such as kabocha pumpkin ravioli spiked with pickled mushrooms and parmesan ($16) or pan-seared sturgeon served with roasted red beets ($34), and lunchers can snack on pizza margherita ($13) or fill their emptiest stomach with nine ounces of New York steak ($21).
Within the inviting milieu of a family-owned eatery, Pizza Gourmet's disc forgers bake hand-tossed pizzas topped with such epicurean ingredients as gruyere and whole roasted garlic cloves. The Five Star pizza ($15.50−$21.75) mixes it up with a blend of five cheeses including fontina, feta, and parmesan, and the elegant Barcelona pizza ($17.75−$23.95) evokes Spain’s cultural capital with seasoned chicken and artichoke hearts, brought to the table by stampeding bulls. Patrons can garnish a plain New York–style pizza ($11.50−$15.50) with a slew of sauces ($2−$3) including barbecue, ranch, or salsa; herbs and vegetables ($1−$1.50) such as cilantro, basil, and zucchini; meats ($1−$1.50); and 23 specialty toppings such as yellow squash and bleu cheese ($2−$3). Pies are available in 12-inch or 16-inch varieties and can be ordered without cheese.
Ellington Hall instructors David and Cirkl lead would-be jitterbuggers through the simple steps necessary for an evening of on-tempo fun. The rug-cuttery begins with a class aimed at beginners and more advanced dancers alike, who can arrive partnered or fly solo to join the crowd of two-steppers. Students arrive dressed in whatever makes them feel comfortable; after the one-hour seminar in fancy footwork, the evening's dance begins. Swing students spin, jump, and twirl on the expansive hardwood dance floor, pausing for breaths and Great Gatsby impersonations on the garden terrace. An all-brick fireplace dominates the dance space, adding a note of elegance and an easy place to store extra left feet.
As parties rage on in the background, up to eight guests can slip into one of Hot Shot Photo Booth’s booths to have a high-resolution camera document the celebratory mood in the air. A professional attendant stays on hand to make sure everybody is properly huddled into the frame and perfectly lit by the booth's defused strobe lighting. In addition to unlimited photo sessions, customers opting for a standard rental receive prints marked with a custom inscription, a DVD of all photos, and a password-protected online image gallery. Extras can include props, a custom booth banner, and a personalized guestbook with custom decorations, such as stickers and decorative paper. Event hosts can also hire Hot Shots' flesh-and-blood photographer to take entrance shots, arrange group shots, and capture candid shots of partygoers grooving on the dance floor or attempting to bob for fruit in the punch bowl.
Santa Rosa, which resides in the heart of northern California's Wine Country, acts as a hub for the area's most popular vineyards in Sonoma, Russian River, and Dry Creek Valley. Less than a 15-minute drive from Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, visitors sip regional wines within a French Normandy–style castle at Ledson Winery & Vineyard. With Gothic turrets, slate roofs, lawns studded with 100-year-old oak trees, and court jesters tap dancing on grapes, the grounds themselves are almost as much of an attraction as the wine, but the soul of the place becomes apparent at its tasting bars. Here, Ledson's family of wine makers serve up handcrafted varietals ranging from cabernet franc to mourvedre (tasting passes to Ledson and more than 25 other wineries are included in this Getaway).
HOTELYEAR BUILT 1976 YEAR REMODELED 2010ADDITIONAL PROPERTY DESCRIPTION STEP INSIDE A SECLUDED SONOMA COUNTRY ESTATE WITH TERRACED GARDENS, RED TILE ROOFS, TERRA COTTA STUCCO AND A COLUMNED VERANDA CREATING AN AMBIENCE REMINISCENT OF THE MEDITERRANEAN IN THE HEART OF BEAUTIFUL CALIFORNIA. PRIVATE PATIOS, SWIMMING POOL AND INDOOR WHIRLPOOL SPA ARE AMONG THE EXTENSIVE LIST OF AMENITIES AT OUR BED AND BREAKFAST RESORT. NESTLED AMIDST THE ROLLING CALIFORNIA HILLS, BEAUTIFUL PASTORAL VIEWS ARE THE BACKDROP OF THE RESORTS ELEGANT YET COMFORTABLY CASUAL ROOMS. GUESTS WILL FIND WOOD BURNING FIREPLACES, THE SCENT OF FRESH CUT FLOWERS, ITALIAN SLATE FLOORS AND A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF FURNISHINGS. TO ASSURE COMPLETE RELAXATION, ROOMS INCLUDE JETTED TUBS OR LARGE MARBLED WALK IN SHOWERS AND EACH IS DESIGNED WITH YOUR COMFORT IN MIND. ALL ROOMS HAVE PHONE AND ACCESS TO INTERNET SERVICE. ADJOINING ROOMS ON REQUESTROOM AMENITIES FOR ALL ROOMS ROOM AMENITIES 120 AC / AIR CONDITIONING / AM/FM ALARM CLOCK / BALCONY / BATHROBE / CABLE/SATELLITE TV / COFFEE/TEA MAKER / DIRECT DIAL TELEPHONE / FIREPLACE / HAIRDRYER / IN ROOM MOVIES / IRON/IRONING BOARD / MEAL INCLUDED BREAKFAST / MINI BAR / PRIVATE BATH OR SHOWER / RADIO / SHOWER / TELEPHONE / TELEVISION / VCR TECHNOLOGY HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS / SPEAKER PHONE / VOICE MAIL CHARGEABLE AMENITIES HIGH SPEED WIRELESSB1Q MAX OCCUPANCY 3 MAX NBR OF ROLLAWAYS 0 ROOM DESCRIPTION COZY GUEST ROOM WITH QUEEN SIZE BED AND FIREPLACE, FREE BREAKFAST, AFTERNOON WINE TASTING, FREE WIFI, FREE PARKING. BEAUTIFUL, COZY ROOMS WITH QUEEN SIZED BEDS AND ALL THE AMENITIES OF THE VILLA ROOMS. ALL ROOMS HAVE FIREPLACES, SOME OVERLOOK THE POOL AND GARDENS AND SOME HAVE PRIVATE DECKS SURROUNDED BY THE ROLLING HILLS OF WESTERN SONOMA COUNTY.A1K MAX OCCUPANCY 3 MAX NBR OF ROLLAWAYS 0 ROOM DESCRIPTION DELUXE ROOM WITH A KING SIZE BED, FIRE PLACE, EXTRA SETTING AREA , DOUBLE JETTED TUBS, PRIVATE COURTYARD WITH FOUNTAIN, FREE BREAKFAST, JACUZZI, FREE WIFI, AFTERNOON WINE TASTING. PLENTY OF ROOM TO RELAX INSIDE, ON YOUR CALIFORNIA KING OR OUT ON YOUR PRIVATE DECK. PLENTY OF ROOM TO PLAY IN THE LARGE BATHROOM WITH DOUBLE SIZE JETTED TUB AND RADIANT HEATED FLOORS.PLENTY OF ROOM TO RECOVER IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE AFTER A ROUND ON THE NINE HOLE PUTTING GREEN.S1K MAX OCCUPANCY 2 MAX NBR OF ROLLAWAYS 0 ROOM DESCRIPTION HONEYMOON SUITE WITH A KING SIZE BED, FIRE PLACE, EXTRA SETTING AREA , PRIVATE COURTYARD, FREE BREAKFAST, JACUZZI, FREE WIFI, AFTERNOON WINE TASTING. OUR LARGEST AND MOST LUXURIOUS ROOM, WITH A CALIFORNIA KING, HAS A LARGE FIELDSTONE FIREPLACE ALONG ONE WALL AND ON THE OTHER WALL A SLIDING GLASS DOOR TO A PATIO COURTYARD. BEAUTIFUL FURNISHINGS ACCENTUATE THIS SPECIAL ROOM WITH A LARGE SOFA AND SITTING A