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.
Brian Siewert – Sonoma Orchid Inn – owner/innkeeper
Kathleen Young – Kelley and Young Wine Garden Inn – owner/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
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 ?
Lamarre: River’s End Restaurant in Jenner. Best sunset ever – where the river meets the ocean.
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?
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
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?
Lamarre: Unfortunately, I haven’t attended any county-wide events 🙁
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.
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.