Just because the kids are heading back to school doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of summer left. A quick peek at upcoming Sonoma County summer festivals and fairs in August offer tons of reasons to plan a great getaway.
Early in the month, Sebastopol hosts “The Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma County,” the Gravenstein Apple Fair (Aug. 10-11). It is sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails, a non-profit organization created to “…support sustainable agricultural diversity in Sonoma County through the promotion of its members’ products via on-site sales.” Translation? You will be able to scoop up amazing artisanal foods, art, jewelry, home and garden décor and one-of-a-kind ceramics.The Gravenstein Apple Fair also offers everything apple-wonderful including special baked goods and cider tasting. Not to mention, wine tasting, beer, and mouthwatering barbeque.
Wine Country Inns of Sonoma County has several Russian River Valley destinations in close proximity to the Gravenstein Apple Fair including The Avalon, a luxury B&B right in Sebastopol; Case Ranch Inn in Forestville, Applewood Inn – Spa – Restaurant and Santa Nella House, both near Guerneville and the Inn at Occidental in Occidental.
If barbecue is one of your favorite things, mark your calendar for the Russian River Beer Revival and BBQ Cook-off in Guerneville (Aug. 17) – another reason to stay with Wine Country Inns.
One thing we’re known for in the Wine Country is honoring our agricultural and cultural roots including embracing things that might seem a little bit curious to outsiders. A good example is the 23rd Annual Cotati Accordion Festival (Aug. 17 – 18). A multi-cultural, multi-generational music extravaganza, this event attracts the global luminaries of modern accordion music including masters of tango, zydeco, polka with daily dance lessons and dance parties. If you’ve never been – pack shoes you can dance in! The Cotati Accordion Festival just has to be experienced.
There are so many Wine Country Inns within easy driving distance of Cotati. In the Sonoma Valley they include Hidden Oak Inn located in the town of Sonoma, Birmingham Bed & Breakfast in Kenwood, and the Melitta Station Inn and The Gables Inn both in Santa Rosa.
Heck, you could hit the Accordion Festival and recuperate a little farther north. Wine Country Inns of Sonoma County has four members in Healdsburg, one in Geyserville and four more in Cloverdale, all a short drive to anywhere in northern Sonoma County. In Healdsburg, stay with the Bella Luna Inn, Calderwood Inn, Camellia Inn, The Irish Rose Inn and The Raford Inn. In Geyserville, try the Hope Merrill & Bosworth House. And Cloverdale is home to the English Tea Garden Inn, Old Crocker Inn, Auberge on the Vineyard and Vintage Towers.
It wouldn’t be a summer in the Wine Country without at least one amazing seafood festival and the Big Kahuna occurs Aug. 24 – 25 in Bodega at the Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival.
This cool coastal venue in the charming town of Bodega includes over a dozen restaurants and catering companies serving up savory seafood; three stages for live entertainment and a large dance floor; kids activities; and wine and microbrew beer tasting featuring dozens of local wineries and breweries.
There is so much summer left in the Wine Country. However you choose to celebrate your summer in Sonoma County, Wine Country Inns of Sonoma County can help you make it a memorable and luxurious experience.