Sonoma County, Guerneville Gastronomy: The Mini-Empire of Crista Luedtke
Guerneville is a small town with a bohemian vibe, located in western Sonoma County along the Russian River. Since 2008 it’s also been the mini-empire of entrepreneur Crista Luedtke who transformed downtown Guerneville into a hipster destination. In this episode, we check out some of her popular businesses including Boon: Hotel + Spa, Boon: Eat + Drink, Big Bottom Market (and its yummy Oprah-worthy biscuits), and Guerneville Bank Club for some handcrafted ice cream & pie.
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Boon: Hotel + Spa
14711 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
Boon: Eat + Drink
16248 Main Street
Guerneville, CA 95446
Sunday through Thursday from 11AM-3PM & 5-9PM (Closed Wednesdays)
Fridays & Saturdays from 11AM-3PM & 5-10PM
Big Bottom Market
16228 Main Street
Guerneville, CA 95446
Wednesday through Monday 8AM-5PM (closed Tuesdays)
El Barrio Bar
16230 Main Street
Guerneville, CA 95446
Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays from 4-9PM
Fridays from 3-11PM
Saturdays from 2-11PM
Sundays from 2-11PM
Guerneville Bank Club
16290 Main Street
Guerneville, CA 95446
Open every day from 11AM-10PM
Bank Club Wine Collective open Thursday through Monday from 12-5PM
Jam Jar Goods open Thursday through Sunday from 11AM-5PM & Mondays from 11AM-3PM
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Summer in Guerneville
Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, reflects on the founding of Ignatius Press, the Press's place in the Church, and what's happening in the life of the Church today while at the Ignatius Press retreat house in Guerneville, CA.
Dawn Ranch Lodge, Guerneville, California
Dawn Ranch Lodge is a fifteen acre property nestled amongst towering redwoods on the banks of the Russian River. We are just twenty minutes from the beautiful Pacific Coast, and offer rustic tranquility and a contemporary atmosphere. Individual cottages blend harmoniously into the stunning landscape of ancient apple orchards, bamboo groves, grassy meadows and beautifully landscaped gardens. The long meadow at Dawn Ranch Lodge has been the setting for spectacular weddings and intimate ceremonies for over a century. We are an ideal venue for corporate retreats and family reunions. We are also a dog-friendly resort.
COPS- S#X - Explosion in Sonoma, California
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Sparks from a tow truck are suspected of triggering a 40-acre brush fire Sunday south of Sonoma that swept through a wooden pallet factory, sending flames towering into the air and causing about $1 million in damage.
The fire started about 1:30 p.m. near Highway 121 and Eighth Street East when sparks from a tow truck pulling a car dolly ignited dry grass along the side of the road, said Ray Mulas, chief of the volunteer Schell-Vista Fire Protection District.
The blaze spread to nearby Sonoma Pacific Co., igniting 40-foot stacks of wooden pallets, numerous outbuildings and detonating a 1,000-gallon propane tank in a loud explosion, Mulas said.
Once it got into the pallets it became a very intense fire fight that was quite difficult, Mulas said.
No one was injured and no homes burned, he said, but one resident was evacuated as a safety precaution.
Heat from the fire blew out at least one overhead electrical transformer, showering more sparks onto the ground. In all, five structures were destroyed or damaged in the surrounding area and about 10 RVs burned, Mulas said.
At least 10 commercial buildings were spared, he said.
Fortunately, the wind has died down and they have the weather working in their favor, said CHP Officer Anna Paulson.
Mulas said as many as 1,000 residents may have been without electrical power.
Witnesses described 70-foot tall flames as the pallet company ignited.
Matthew Nagan, owner of Shellville Grill on nearby Broadway, said he was forced to close his restaurant.
Oh my God, it's insane, said Nagan. The whole back of the building is covered in flames. It's all toast.
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4982 West Soda Rock Lane, Healdsburg, CA / Peter Colbert and Mark Altes
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Streets flood in Sonora after rainstorms
Streets in downtown Sonora flooded after a series of storms passed through Tuolumne County on Wednesday. The storms brought hail and flooding to parts of the city. Get the full story in the video above.
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Sebastopol California Walking Tour for Tourists and RVers
There are no campgrounds in Sebastopol, but it's on the way to the campgrounds in Guerneville, Duncan Mills and on the beaches, like at Bodega Bay. It's also near the KOA in Petaluma. (The KOA in Petaluma is very expensive, like $60-70 a night, and they pack you in like sardines. The campgrounds in Duncan Mills, like Casini Ranch, are much more scenic, like right up to the Redwoods, and closer to the beaches. Those are $50-$70 a night for RVs.) There are also some Sonoma county parks, like Lake Sonoma a little west of Healdsberg, that take RVs, and are about $35 a night.
Sebastopol is an eco friendly, socially conscious little town, saturated with kitchy and whimsical art, nice people, classic hippy style, great restraunts and organic and gourmet food, reasonably priced. They also have movies, lectures, music, and other entertainment on a regular basis. So if you are in Sonoma county, stop by Sebastopol, on Hwy 116 or Hwy12.
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Two Types of Homelessness: Santa Rosa continues to deal with homelessness after fire
The Tubbs Fire in the North Bay created a whole new group of homelessness in Santa Rosa. Since October, those who lost their homes have received most of the attention but many people were already living on the streets.
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After Flooding And Landslides, Bay Area Braces As 3 More Storms Arrive
The Bay Area is buckling down for another round of storms. Kiet Do reports. (1/17/17)
Pacific Sunset Vacation Home DroneVid
Pacific Sunset is located on a private lane just off the entrance road to Goat Rock State Beach. The views are truly breathtaking, awesome and inspiring. Upon arrival to Pacific Sunset, you will enjoy expansive and serene ocean views. A short hike leads to the bluffs overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean and pathways down to the sandy beaches at Goat Rock Beach opposite Jenner, CA. Here the Russian River empties into the Pacific and here a herd of Harbor Seals thrive, Bald Eagles and Ospreys fish the river estuary and just off shore. All manner of marine life and river life will be enjoyed.
Return back to Pacific Sunset to enjoy its unique architecture and blue ocean views. Your eyes will be drawn to the endless beauty the property has to offer. The home is perfect for a relaxing spa experience or a dinner and a movie. The house offers many ways to relax and unwind.
For the spa lover, the hot tub located on the deck, offers uninterrupted views of the coastal hills and dark, brilliant star lit sky.
The sound of the waves are paired with the happy banter of the local seals will bring a smile to every visitor. The whale path is just offshore during the 20,000 strong gray whale migration.
The kitchen with ocean views is perfect to cook a favorite meal. Dine inside with cheery fire burning, or, venture outside to enjoy the bistro set on the patio, all while taking in the ocean views.
When day turns to night, enjoy seating inside and out views out to the horizon at the fading sunset.
The living room also offers ocean view seating, perfect to put up your feet and enjoy a book or a glass of wine. The Sonoma Coast is known for it’s Pinot Noir. On the coastal ranges and just up the Russian River, the fabled wine country of Sonoma and Napa beckons you come and drive the quiet, scenic country roads of this vineyard paradise. Then return to your nirvana at the Pacific Sunset to enjoy wonderful meals with your favorite wines.
Not to be missed is the spectacular section of Hwy 1 between Jenner, CA, hiking trail from Pacific Sunset along the coast south, and access to sandy beaches.
Just north is historic Ft Ross, the southern most west coast extant of the Russian empire under the Tsars. It's a 25 minute drive north on Highway 1.Activities in the area include wine tasting/tours, swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, surfing, golf and much more.
Layout:A few steps up to entry deck one level Pacific Sunset offers Living Room, Full Kitchen, Dining, TV Room, Bedroom, and Full Bath with a separate master bedroom suite and entry off Dining deck. Separate Hot tub deck. Both decks sliding doors out to Ocean views.
Pacific Sunset is open entry to living/dining/kitchen. TV room separate in main living with full bath and queen bedroom.
One level Master Bedroom King Suite separated by private deck with sliding doors to ocean views and hot tub deck. Fireplace Stove for Ambiance (Presto Logs).
Big ocean views from main living, master suite and dining deck. Fireplace for ambiance.
(1) King Bed
(1) Queen Bed
Induction Stove; specific pots & pans varying sizes provided
Electric Tea Kettle
Processor Mini Food
No washer/dryer (laundromat in Bodega Bay or Guerneville)
Wall Heaters Thermostat controlled in each room
Air Conditioning not needed (Ocean Breezes)
Telephone; can call outside area nationwide. No Cell Service
TV Room for DVD's only, no broadcast reception.
DVD Player / Bring DVD`s
Games in Den
Sonos Music System
Hot Tub Deck
Short walk to Beach & Hiking Trail
Sliding Barn Doors for Privacy
Parking off street for (2) cars
Due to the septic system, parking, neighbors and location this property can only accommodate the number of persons the house can sleep.
NO SMOKING on Property (in or outside)
Recent Guest Reviews:
Pacific Sunset is the perfect place to go if you want to get away from it all. Gorgeous ocean views along with cozy and comfortable interiors make this the perfect place to relax and unplug. Beaches and hiking are walking distance. The kitchen is well appointed if you want to stay in for meals, or lots of good restaurant choices in the area. Can't wait to come back! Sumana
Secrets Members Of Bohemian Grove Don't Want Revealed
The Bohemian Club, which meets in Bohemian Grove in California, is an exclusive gathering of mostly rich white men with plenty of power. The members of this not-so-secret cabal run around the California woods annually, mostly drinking and goofing off. Here's what really happens at Bohemian Grove.
Weaving Spiders Come Not Here | 0:18
Pageantry, theater, and cross-dressing | 1:10
The Cremation of Care | 2:11
The line no woman can pass | 2:56
Sing-songs, talks, and public urination | 3:44
Illegal logging | 4:40
Short Outing To Concord, CA (Friday, March 21, 2014)
In this video, it shows me, with my mom, sis and Richie have a short, mini outing around Concord, CA. The main reason that we went up to Concord was since my mom had an important appointment at the Christ Community Church of the Nazarene around noon time or so.
The video starts off by showing part of the road trip up to the city of Concord. We headed straight to the church and it was nearing noon time. Since they were behind schedule of their appointments, we got to look around the church's facility a bit. It's such a nice day out. It was my first time seeing inside and around the area. Their gym had carpet as well which was quite neat. After looking around a bit, me, sis and Richie went exploring a bit around the area. Richie had to stop by a bank as well. It was a nice city. Too bad we had a limited time to explore.
After exploring a bit, we went back to the church, waited for my mom to finish her appointment and then headed out to eat lunch around the city. By the way, we saw a couple of our old Spanish congregation members, which were so happen to be Pastor Elsa and her husband.
We went to eat lunch at the Morning Star Cafe, located deep inside Concord, CA. We were wanting to try their Filipino food here. What was interesting about the restaurant was that it had just reopened a couple weeks or so prior. What happened was that the original owner/cook had won the lottery so he backed off to continue working in the restaurant. So this couple was there at the current time, trying to bring it back to life. Their menu was also starting out from scratch again...with less than 10 items on their whole menu. But despite the rough times of the restaurant, their food was delicious, especially the shanghai lumpia and pansit, though the pansit was just a tad too salty.
I ordered the Paresilog meal. It included beef pares, fried rice and eggs. By the way, the cook gave us his specialty of beef ribs and beef strips for free, since we were out-of-towners!
After a satisfying lunch, we left the place just after 3 p.m. We stopped by McD's to get some drinks and for last-minute restroom break. I got an Oreo McFlurry for the road...yummy!! Perfect to have on this warm, early spring day.
It was a nice mini outing we had at Concord, CA! 'Til next time, happy traveling!
Revealing The Beauty Of The Historical Fern Grove Cottages In Guerneville!
I went over to Fern Grove Cottages recently to talk to the Innkeeper Annie Boutelle to find out more about the historical cottages and what they have to offer people visiting the Russian River. What she revealed to me was absolutely stunning! To begin this story I would first like to pay tribute to Fern Grove Cottages for having an Innkeeper! This seems to be a dying breed as many of the Hotels, Inns, and Bed and Breakfasts have switched to using managers and staff. Fern Grove is unique in that everything about the place screams of the old ways. They have Annie, a devoted Innkeeper, who spends her days compiling binders full of information on specific things people would like to do, see, or eat at while they are visiting the Russian River. Her binders include local events, bird watching, hiking, biking, Regional parks, Night life (theater, art, etc), relaxation (meditation, yoga, spas, etc), wine tours, history of the area, and so much more! She answers the phone, chats with visitors, and coordinates everything while maintaining a cheerful, positive attitude that keeps people coming back year after year. Annie has been the Innkeeper at Fern Grove for four years and previously worked at the R3! She is a local and is a certified tour guide. Her knowledge of the Russian River area is invaluable to anyone visiting the Russian River!
The next thing I noticed was the impeccably kept gardens and flowerbeds that surround Fern Grove Cottages and create a magical setting for the people staying there! There is a community garden area with BBQ pits and fresh produce that is shared with the people who are guests of Fern Grove. Mario has been the gardener there for 20 years and has created an absolutely stunning landscape that is enjoyed by the guests year round.
Fern Grove Is pet friendly and is welcoming of children of all ages as well. Their Lounge is decorated with stunning art, books for avid readers, and board games for children.
The history of the place is interesting as well. Fern Grove was originally built in the 1920's and many of the regulars have continued to come back for generations! There is what used to be an old outhouse that stands in the middle of the courtyard surrounded by beautiful flowers. Since the onset of modern day plumbing the outhouse has been converted into a garden shed, however the history of what once was continues to delight guests time and time again!
Fern Grove Cottages consists of 21 cottages that are subdivided into three categories. The first are one room studio cottages that are perfect for a single person or a couple. The second are one bedroom cottages that also have a living room and a small kitchenette and the third are the two bedroom cottages that also have their own living room but contain full functioning kitchens as well. What I found most interesting about these cottages was that they were all themed! There was a cowboy theme, a butterfly theme, and a bird theme in the cottages I got a peek at! Also many of the cottages offer jetted spa tubs and fireplaces to create a completely relaxing atmosphere for visitors!
As a local Guerneville real estate agent in the Russian River are it is vital that I have a working knowledge of what is in the area and what services they provide so that when a visiting client asks where the best place to stay in town is, or what the best restaurant in town is, I have places that I can recommend to them and know that they will get the best possible service. Fern Grove Cottages is a place that I would recommend to anyone visiting Guerneville and the Russian River. They are welcoming and take the time and care to making sure that their guests are happy and well taken care of! If you are visiting Guerneville call Innkeeper Annie at 707-869-8150 or visit ferngrove.com and make a reservation today!
If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city call David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit. We can also be found on Google+, Twitter, and on Facebook at facebook.com/russianriverliving I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate #guerneville #LocalGuernevilleAgent
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The Big Storm 12-11-14 Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Northern California
The Big Storm, 12-11-14. This is in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, Northern California. This is Piner Creek, just West of Fulton Road in Santa Rosa. Piner Creek runs into Santa Rosa Creek. Shot by Hans Kasper. Copyright 2014 Kasper Productions
City of Santa Rosa Design Review Board December 19, 2019
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Live Hawk Big Live Painting in Armstrong Woods State Park ''Bird Tribute' - Jonqui Albin
'Bird Tribute' Live Painting Performance by Jonqui Albin, a contemporary bird artist. Paintings are for sale: 3'X5' Acrylic and oil sticks on panel. Produced live at Art in the Park Art Fair in Armstrong Woods State Park, Guerneville, California USA benefiting Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.
HIRE FOR YOUR NEXT LIVE MUSIC EVENT - A PERFORMANCE PAINTER! - Visit for more info on artist and performance painter Jonqui Albin.
Jonqui Albin is a contemporary artist best known for her live BIG scale performance paintings, for the past 10 years. - Live events includes: Davis Jazz Festival, Lunafest Film Festival and more.
---Falconer Sara Ware, Hawk Enola Gay; photos Kelly Parker Lundsford--Art © Jonqui Albin 2014
As the sun rises over the Russian River Valley- the Sonoma coastal fog rolls back and the Farmhouse Inn is revealed- a Sonoma wine country inn, restaurant, and spa,unlike any other- experience California wine country Farmhouse-style.
Vintage wedding video filmed in France on Super 8mm - Andrew Kelly Films
A road trip through France to Brittany to film the most lovely wedding of two special people. This French Anglo wedding was filled with a cracking array of characters present to share the love.
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VIEW from my office - Singer Songwriter Pat Riley aka Island Mountain Pat - Did somebody say CLOTHING Optional ssshhhh OMG! Oh My God!!! ;-) I N ... J O Y
Russian River Cottage Video Presentation
Far Reaches is a cottage vacation rental property in the Russian River resort area of Sonoma County where visitors will make best friends with birds and butterflies and feel as though they've traveled to a world far away. Take a tour through our lovely property with the look and feel of the island of Bali and consider coming to Sonoma County's wine country and explore the mighty California Coastal Redwoods.