Sonoma Valley Events: November 2017

As Wine Country returns to normalcy after the fires, Sonoma Valley Events are plentiful this November. From benefit concerts to wreath making workshops, the month is packed with activities of every kind. Check out our full events calendar for more! Here are a few of our favorites. 

D Stress Pop Up at Suite D 10/17

It is time to de-stress, or D Stress, as they say at Suite D! Join them for a night of comfort food and good company at a table full of your friends and neighbors. Menu includes a heirloom apple salad, cassoulet, and almond brown butter cake. Click the photo to buy tickets!

Wreath Making Workshop 10/18

The Bice Family at Redwood Hill Farm has a long standing tradition of making wreaths. Now, with their wreath making workshop, you and your family can start a tradition of your own! They will provide all supplies needed to make a beautiful holiday wreath. Click the photo to buy tickets!


Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza 10/18

Kick off the holiday season with the 5th Annual lighting of the historic Sonoma Plaza! Transcendence Theater company will be back for the 4th consecutive year to perform holiday music starting at 5:00. Cookies, hot chocolate, and cider are complimentary, but guests are encouraged to bring their own wine and food!

Tesoro Flowers Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop 10/19

Join Tesoro Flowers for its continuing floral workshop series on November 19 from 2:00-3:30 to make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Whether to grace your own table or bring to a hosts home, this Fall-laden textural showpiece will wow! The workshop will focus on making a ‘long and low’ and you will learn how to use floral foam and floral tools.



Alexander Valley Black Friday Open House

Wineries in the renowned Alexander Valley open their doors for a day of wine tasting, food pairings and Black Friday sales on your favorite wines and unique wine country gifts!

Participating Wineries: Alexander Valley Vineyards, deLormier, HANNA Winery & Vineyards, Medlock Ames, Soda Rock & White Oak Vineyards & Winery

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Sonoma Business Spotlight: Olea Hotel

As wildfire ripped through Sonoma County, Sonoma businesses and residents alike were devastated by the flames. The Olea Hotel was one of many properties in Glen Ellen damaged by the fires, but also one of the luckiest. Near the beginning of the week, a photo surfaced claiming to be the Olea Hotel completely burnt to the ground- with only a spiral staircase left standing. After the roads re-opened, it was clear the photo had been misinterpreted as all the main buildings of the hotel are still standing. Despite extreme smoke damage to all the remaining structures, the loss of two cottages and some external garden structures paled in comparison to the rumors going around that the entire property was gone. Like many of the residents on Warm Springs Road, Olea owners Sia and Ashish Patel are counting their blessings.


Interestingly enough, the week before the fires broke out, we took a trip to the Olea Hotel to write a piece on their fall menu that was premiering that week. Our editor Emily, spent the day chatting with Ashish and the staff at Olea about farm fresh foods, wine country trends, and upcoming events. 


Although Olea won't be moving forward into this fall season as we expected, the hotel plans to rebuild. The process will take about a year due to extensive smoke damage, but the owners are taking the opportunity to refresh and cannot wait to welcome guests back to their property. 

Sia told us that she has never experienced such a huge outpouring of support and sense of community as she has in the face of the recent disaster. Neighbors of the hotel on Warm Springs Road, one of the areas hardest hit by the fires, also plan to rebuild and return to their homes as well. Sia and her husband have faith that their community will be up and running, ready to welcome tourists and locals back soon. Downtown Glen Ellen was mostly unharmed, and businesses are eager to get back on track. So from all of us here at ASL and in wine country- come stay, come eat, come sip- we cannot wait to have you!

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