Lodging Members’ Favorites

Here are five questions about things these innkeepers / concierge like to do when they aren’t assisting you or preparing for your visit to Sonoma County.

Tegan Wilson – Hotel Healdsburgchief concierge

Jenny Lamarre – Fern Grove Cottagesowner/innkeeper

Brian Siewert –   Sonoma Orchid Innowner/innkeeper

Kathleen Young – Kelley and Young Wine Garden Innowner/innkeeper

Kathleen Young and daughter Madeline

 Favorite spot for a quick lunch?​

Wilson: Pizzandos (it’s a little convenient for me)
Lamarre: Cafe Aquatica. Great sandwiches, very casual, can sit on the river and watch the day go by
Siewert:  Saigon Bistro in Windsor
Young: I love to go to Dahlia & Sage.  They have great salads and every day a different special hot meal.


Favorite place to watch the sunset ?​

Wilson: Bodega Head​
Lamarre: River’s End Restaurant  in Jenner.  Best sunset ever – where the river meets the ocean.
Siewert: River’s End Restaurant
Young: The coast, especially if I can get up high to watch until the sun has dipped into the ocean – ahhhhhh!

Tegan at Hotel Healdsburg

Favorite place to take an out of town guest?

Wilson: ​ Armstrong Redwoods
Lamarre: Zip-lining above the Redwoods at the Canopy Tours in Occidental is my favorite place to take guests after a hike in the redwoods at Armstrong Redwood Forest
Siewert: Florence Street, In Sebastopol, or Joe Matos Cheese farm, Sebastopol
Young: Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar – I never tire of it.  Great cocktails, wonderful staff, a great selection of oysters, Kelley & Young Wine on the list (hopefully) and the best darn food.

Brian and Dana co-owners of Sonoma Orchid Inn

Favorite Sonoma County event?

Wilson: FFA​ Parade in Healdsburg
Lamarre: Unfortunately, I haven’t attended any county-wide events 🙁
Siewert: Heirloom Festival, Santa Rosa
Young:  I’ve got 2 answers for this one; my personal answer is the 4th of July – so much fun – we have a group that gets together at the HHS athletic field and we potluck/picnic for supper on a blanket and play games and just chill.  When it gets dark we lay down under the stars and watch the most amazing fireworks anywhere.  From an outsider’s perspective – the Wine & Food Affair.  So much fun – where else in the world can you go and for what $65? taste “A Lot” of wine paired with amazing (personal recipe) food?  If I was not in the industry – I  would be all over this event.



Favorite winery experience that YOU have been about to get out and enjoy.​

Wilson: Vineyard tasting at Hawkes Cellars​
Lamarre: Favorite winery experience that YOU have been about to get out and enjoy. Medlock Ames Ranch Tour is an incredible winery experience

Siewert: Sitting at the outdoor tables at Martin Ray Winery enjoying a tasting while their free range chickens forage through the gardens

Young:  This is a hard one for me because we are in the industry.  Mmmmm – I guess Winter WINEland because there aren’t the big crowds of the other events, there’s a more serious wine tasting crowd, deals to be had from the wineries, the wineries are happy you’re there and there’s good food.

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Personal stories written by Wine Road Members. We want to give our visitors an insight as to what makes us tick Along the Wine Road. We want to connect with you in a personal way, not just wine, but about what’s important to us and has made us the Winemakers, the Winery Owners, the Tasting Room Manager or The Innkeeper.

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