Fern Grove Cottages – Guerneville Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals

Author: , December 21st, 2018

Fern Grove Cottages - Guerneville Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals

Set amid beautiful redwoods and gardens, Fern Grove Cottages offers twenty vacation rental cabins – both studios and 1-2 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and television. We also have romantic fireplaces for chilly winter nights, hot tubs, and full kitchens and wet bars in some cottages.

We serve a hearty continental breakfast each morning in our mountain lodge – enjoy it there, or take it back to your own private balcony. We change our menu each season, using fresh ingredients, and serve items including bread, homemade scones, fruit and fruit preserves, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, juices, and fresh-brewed coffee.

We have a saline swimming pool, heated to a comfortable 80 degrees in the summer. We also have a picnic area for guest use in the warmer months, including a barbecue if you want to cook your own hot meal under the trees.

Fern Grove Cottages is an easy walk to the center of Guerneville – where you’ll find a number of choices for lunch and dinner. We’re also close to the Russian River and you can enjoy golfing, ocean beaches, and the Sonoma Wine Country too. Guests are provided wine passports that allow free tastings at over 100 separate wineries in the area.

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Applewood Inn, Restaurant & Spa – Guerneville, California

Author: , May 24th, 2017

Applewood Inn, Restaurant & Spa

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

The Applewood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley siys high upon a hill beneath ancient redwoods.

Our Guerneville B&B offers two kinds of lodging: modest rooms in our original Belden House, with a common room filled with cozy chairs in front of a river-rock fireplace; and ten rooms in our newer section, which have more room and are decorated in soothing earth tones.

Our on-site restaurant reminds guests of a French country barn, and we serve down-to-earth wine-country cuisine in a warm, comfortable atmosphere.

The Applewood Inn Bed & Breakfast is also the perfect setting for romance, whether you’re celebratin an anniversary, escaping for your honeymoon, or just planning a weekend in the wine country.

Each of our rooms offers fine Italian linens, down comforters, soft monogrammed bathrobes, imported bath products, cable TV, a telephone, CD player, wnd wireless internet access.

Your stay also includes a hearty country breakfast, access to our swimming pool and hot tub, and our concierge service – let us book a tour or restaurant for you.

Applewood Inn Bed & Breakfast is also close to the dramatic Sonoma Coast, the wonderful old-growth Redwoods at Armstrong state park in Guerneville, and the many great wineries of the Sonoma Valley on the Russian River Wine Road. We’re also an easy drive to Napa Valley and the famous wineries there. We’ll be happy to help you plan a day or a weekend in the wine country.

If you want to take some time to just relax on site, you can sunbathe by our pool, play a game in our game room, read a good book in the solarium, stroll through our organic gardens and orchard, sip a galss of wine in the Mediterranean courtyard, or just relax with your partner in our great room and meet other guests.

If your travel plans bring you to Sonoma County and the Guerneville/Russian River area, come stay with us at the beautiful Applewood Inn B&B.

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Sonoma Orchid Inn – Guerneville, California

Author: , March 26th, 2017

Sonoma Orchid Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Come to the Russian River where redwoods tower over the forest, where you can relax in the warm afternoon sunlight and where the nights are clear and cool.

Sonoma Orchid Inn Bed & Breakfast sits on over 2 acres of meadow on a hill-top, below more stars than you’ve ever seen.

We’re close to local vineyards, where you’ll find premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Or take a short drive to the Pacific Coast.

The Russian River flows nearby, and Korbel’s vineyards surround us on the west and north. You’ll find it all here in Sonoma County – the Russian River Valley is a vacation playground for wine lovers, outdoorsmen, and anyone who enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Coast.

The Sonoma Orchid Inn is a historic 1906 farmhouse that has been completely renovated with wifi internet access, private bathrooms, hot tub, fireplaces and a guest kitchen open all day and night.

Step into our gorgeous living room and you’ll feel like you’re standing in the middle of the redwoods – floor to ceiling windows open onto coastal oaks and towering redwood trees on our grounds. Both the living room and guest kitchen are for our guests’ use – play a game on the oak table, curl up and read a book on one of our overstuffed chairs, and snack on fresh-baked cookies from the kitchen.

Chill a bottle of wine in the refrigerator for a romantic evening, or use the glasses, plates, silver and trays to put together a picnic to enjoy at our outdoor picnic-table in the shade of the coastal oaks.

Our Russian River inn offers ten guestrooms – each one has private bathrooms, pleasant colors and textures, and views of the redwood forest outside. Red chairs are sprinkled throughout our property – sit down and enjoy the mountain air

Stay with us at Sonoma Orchid Inn B&B and do it all, or do nothing at all!

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Fern Grove Cottages – Guerneville, California

Author: , January 8th, 2017

Fern Grove CottagesPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Set amid beautiful redwoods and gardens, Fern Grove Cottages offers twenty vacation rental cabins – both studios and 1-2 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and television. We also have romantic fireplaces for chilly winter nights, hot tubs, and full kitchens and wet bars in some cottages.

We serve a hearty continental breakfast each morning in our mountain lodge – enjoy it there, or take it back to your own private balcony. We change our menu each season, using fresh ingredients, and serve items including bread, homemade scones, fruit and fruit preserves, yogurt, granola, oatmeal, juices, and fresh-brewed coffee.

We have a saline swimming pool, heated to a comfortable 80 degrees in the summer. We also have a picnic area for guest use in the warmer months, including a barbeque if you want to cook your own hot meal under the trees.

Fern Grove Cottages is an easy walk to the center of Guerneville – where you’ll find a number of choices for lunch and dinner. We’re also close to the Russian River and you can enjoy golfing, ocean beaches, and the Sonoma Wine Country too. Guests are provided wine passports that allow free tastings at over 100 separate wineries in the area.

There are also kayak adventures on the Russian River available nearby, and great hiking in the Armstrong Woods State Reserve.

Originally constructed in the Roaring Twenties, Fern Grove Cottages catered to vacationers from the San Francisco Bay Area. We continuously renovate our Russian River cabins, while maintaining their warm ambiance and rustic charm. We welcome pets (well behaved) and families with kids.

Each of our Guerneville vacation rentals has an individual theme, so each stay with us is unique.

Fern Grove Cottages also includes beautiful flower and fruit gardens, and guests are welcome to explore the property and enjoy the towering redwoods.

Come stay with us the next time you visit Guerneville, the Russian River, and Sonoma Wine Country!

See the Fern Grove Cottages Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Sonoma Wine Country’s Gay Wine Weekend

Author: , April 21st, 2016

Gay Wine Weekend

If you have a passion for food and wine, we have found the event that will have you drinking straight from the source. Enjoy three days of exploration in the majestic Sonoma Wine Country, located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco.

Out In The Vineyard, a Sonoma-based LGBT Tour & Event Company, produces the annual Gay Wine Weekend. Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Wine Country living and make friends for a lifetime. Think Gay Ski Week, but for wine!

This year marks the fifth year that Gay Wine Weekend will take place; attracting people from all around the country to partake in VIP Wine Receptions, Winemaker Dinners, Winery Tours, a brunch and Wine Auction, along with a pool soiree and some very fun after parties! The signature event of the weekend is the hugely successfully Twilight T-Dance, where guests dance through the magic hour of the summer sunset and into the evening, literally Out In The Vineyards of Sonoma Valley Wine Country! This year at Sonoma’s iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery, located in the heart of the bucolic and historic Valley of The Moon.

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Visiting Napa / Sonoma in the Off Season

Author: , February 9th, 2015

Wine GrapesMy favorite time of year to visit Napa and Sonoma are the months of January, February and March. It’s not uncommon to be the only one in the tasting room (hello, library and reserve pours!) or be invited to the cellar or winemaking facility to meet the winemaker. Why? Though the weather — between the 50s and 70s during the day, down to the 40s at night — is considered quite warm for much of the country, Bay Area residents consider it too chilly to visit tasting rooms. Within this window, the golden hue of mustard cover crops in the vineyards from late January through March, and greener grass in March as rainy season begins, makes for fantastically picturesque drives. And it’s all in all cheaper, too. Airfares are lower than in summer months — from JFK to SFO, the major airports serving Napa and Sonoma aside from Oakland, round-trip fares can run as low as $365 over a long weekend; from LAX, it’s just $44 round-trip.

The same goes for wine regions in other parts of the U.S. Out in the Finger Lakes or Long Island, for example, January and February especially offer some of the best hotel rates of the year — while lower flight demand always means cheaper airfare. It’s a no-brainer as far as we’re concerned, but here are a few extra tips for maximizing the experience:

1. Keep an eye out for seasonal hotel deals.

Like we said, during the winter months, you can score a steep discounts at hotels. Using Napa and Sonoma again as an example, the quaint English Tea Garden Inn in Cloverdale is offering 50 percent off the second night through March 30, with first night starting rates from $225. Similarly, Fern Grove Cottages in Guerneville gives you the third night free, with rates between $99 and $289, through February 28. At the luxe Harborfront Inn on Long Island’s North Fork, there are plenty of weekday rates starting from $209 and weekend rates for just $10 more in February — again roughly half of what you can expect to pay in summer.

By Kristine Hansen – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Napa Gay Travel Resources | Sonoma Gay Travel Resources

Quaint Towns in Marin and Sonoma

Author: , May 26th, 2014

Healdsburg, CaliforniaDespite the heavy promotional campaign, there’s more to Marin and Sonoma counties than just wine-tasting. Outdoor recreation awaits, as does shopping, farm-to-fork dining and plenty of quirky stops with equally “interesting” characters.

It’s close enough to Sacramento so that you can make a long day trip or, if you’ve eaten too much or overdone it on the trail or the white-water rapids, you can spend the night in a cozy B&B.

Guerneville

A quick stroll down Main Street and its arteries bear that out. It ranges from the beautiful and diverse antique furniture at the Sonoma Nesting Co. to the nostalgia-laden Russian River Vintage Trailers.

The ’60s (that’s the 1860s, folks) are on display at the Riverlane Resort, where owner Alby Kass proudly shows off a blown-up photo of loggers felling wide-trunked redwoods while his erstwhile boardinghouse serves as home base. The other ’60s is represented by a boutique called “Shakedown Street, ” purveyor of all things Grateful Dead-related, with a winking-nudging “Hippies Use Back Door – No Exceptions” sign in the front window.

By Sam McManis – the Sacramento Bee | Sonoma Gay Travel Resources

Win a Wine Country Wedding in Sonoma

Author: , July 24th, 2013

St. Francis Winery - SonomaSt. Francis Winery & Vineyards, with the support of local wedding partners, has launched the “Sonoma Valley Dream Wedding” contest. The luxury wedding package, designed for one lucky couple and up to 50 guests, is valued at close to $40,000.

“We’re thrilled to showcase the best in Sonoma wedding planning in this fun contest, from our idyllic venue at the winery, to lodging, catering and the amazing services of Robbin Montero, California wine country’s top-rated wedding planner,” exclaims St. Francis Winery & Vineyards President and CEO Christopher Silva.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Starting May 1, couples are invited to submit a 1-2 minute video that captures their romantic story and conveys why the public should vote for them to win the Sonoma Valley Dream Wedding. Entries can cover any of the following topics:

–The story of how the couple met and fell in love
–When a fiance knew their partner was “the one”
–How a partner proposed the marriage or civil union to their fiance

To enter the contest, log on to www.facebook.com/stfranciswinery and follow the directions to upload a video before September 30, 2013. Beginning October 1, 2013, the public will vote for their favorite videos. The winner will be announced by St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in mid-December. The grand prize-winning couple will be awarded the “Sonoma Valley Dream Wedding” package, hosted by St. Francis Winery in Santa Rosa for up to 50 guests on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Visiting Northern California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Author: , May 1st, 2013

Sonoma VineyardWine lovers have surely heard of the Napa Valley, one of the pre-eminent wine regions in the US. Jimmy Im takes you there for Passport Magazine:

Napa Valley receives millions of visitors a year, and over 20% of them identify as business travelers. While peak season occurs in the summer and fall months, winter and spring sees an average high of 62 degrees and, according to locals, is a favorable time to visit as there are less crowds, more personal attention at vineyards, and lower room rates. Despite all the hedonistic temptations of Michelin-star chefs, indulgent spas, well-appointed accommodations, and one-of-a-kind vineyards, business can be conducted in Napa, thanks to a number of impressive meeting facilities. While gay tourism grows every year in steady numbers, the LGBT community has been visible for decades.

Napa’s a great place to spend a romantic weekend – stay at a local B&B and drive around to some of the best wineries in the country, or head next door for the Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma in June. Gay Travel Information reports:

Out in The Vineyard is proud to announce GAY WINE WEEKEND 2013 in California Wine Country -Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance, a weekend of wine & celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. Three full days of LGBT events in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley -home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

Click here for gay travel resources in Napa County.

Click here for gay travel resources in Sonoma County.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Applewood Inn, Guerneville, California

Author: , April 24th, 2013

Applewood Inn, Guerneville, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Luxury Villa in the Russian River Valley: Featured on Public Television’s Great Country Inns program and named one of the West’s best Small Inns by Sunset Magazine, Applewood offers an oasis of style and luxury in the Russian River Valley. The Mediterranean villa compound is home to an acclaimed California/Provencal restaurant and award-winning wine cellar. An ideal hideaway for city-weary travellers. Restaurant has Michelin Star.

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