Sonoma Cty spring festivals, Restaurant Week, and deals website:
1) Sonoma County has set up a new website of spring 'getaway' deals at http://sonomasneakaway.com/. Pls note that many of these 'deals' are NOT cheap, but if you poke through the website there are several good ones, such as a 3-course dinner at Corks for $36 (not my favorite restaurant up there, but not bad, and in a nice setting). Not all of the hotel special pkgs have prices listed; on many you will need to call directly. I'd suggest Expedia or TripAdvisor to help give an idea of what the average room rate cost of a specific hotel might be.
2) 4th Annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week:
Monday, March 18th and running through Sunday, March 24th
Starting on Monday, March 18th through Sunday, March 24th, more than 100 of Sonoma County’s restaurants are participating with a three-course dinner menus at a fixed price of $19, $29, or $39 (or all three depending on the restaurant). The website allows you to check dozens of Sonoma County restaurants and pick the location and price-point you’re looking for. Log onto www.sonomacountyrestaurantweek.org, pick your restaurant, and make a reservation soon!
3) Winelovers might be interested in this festival:
The 34th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting:
Two weekends, March 1-3 and March 8-10
Each year in early March more than 100 wineries in Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys—including La Crema, Rodney Strong, Korbel, A. Rafanelli, Simi, and dozens more—open the doors to their wine cellars and allow the public to sample their wares straight from the barrel. In addition, participants have an extremely rare opportunity to purchase wine “futures”, where you can buy the wine your tasting from the barrel today before it’s bottled next year.
4) Cheese lovers unite! for the:
7th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival
Friday through Sunday, March 22-24, Petaluma
The 7th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival is Friday through Sunday, March 22-24, in the charming and hip (yes, hip) town of Petaluma. More than 8,000 attendees gather at the Sheraton Sonoma County-Petaluma parking lot to meet more than a dozen international award-winning cheesemakers and learn how to how to taste, buy, serve, and enjoy some of the best artisan cheeses in the country. You’ll also get to sample locally made jams, jellies, breads, beer from as many as 65 artisan producers and discover the many charms of this pastoral town that is only 32 miles north of San Francisco. There are educational seminars, cooking classes, wine pairings, and tastings. Buy tickets on-line; it sells out fast: www.artisancheesefestival.com.