Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sonoma Valley Wine Country

We stayed at a most relaxing place in Sonoma, CA recently. It is a B & B with 5 rooms and one small cottage.  We were slated for the cottage but as they had recently painted the rooms we opted for a room in the main house.  I think we were more pleased with that room then we would have been in the cottage.  A large porch runs around the front and sides of the old bunk house building.  From the second floor the view of the gardens makes a fun place to sit, relax and have a glass of wine.

We were the only ones staying there so the place was our own private get a way.  All the staff said it was very unusual to have the ranch so unbusy.  We were greeted with fresh baked cookies and coffee or tea.  The ranch does a lot of small weddings during the year.  I did not take a picture of the grassy area used for weddings and events.  It would be a lovely place for such an event.

The flowers on the breakfast table were from their cutting garden.  A good breakfast was served both mornings...well except I do not like poached eggs............the cook offered to make me a different egg but as the breakfast was plenty I declined.  

Our room had antique furniture and a sitting area.  We both thought the bathroom had not be updated since the B & B was opened in 1981.  It was certainly clean but I wanted to use the space a bit more wisely and give it a remodel. 

Warren enjoyed a cup of coffee and reading the paper in the morning before we ate our hearty breakfast each day.  This room has a homey ranch look to it and was only heated by a fireplace. 

Guests were welcome to walk the paths and country roads around the ranch.  This picture tells the story of tractors abandoned in a vineyard.

I could not resist taking a picture of this electric pole riddled with holes.  It has been patched and almost looked like a piece of art.

 Beltane Ranch was a grand place to relax and be our home headquarters for a couple of days visiting wineries in the Sonoma and Napa Valley region. 

1 comment:

Millie said...

Handsome Boyfriend looks very relaxed here Bec! Hope you enjoyed your trip to the West coast & catching up with the family. I'll email you in a couple of days once the dust settles from my new job.
M xx