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I had the good fortune to spend a four day weekend this past August in Sonoma – gateway to Northern California’s Wine Country. This time, rather than booking a motel or hotel, I tried staying at a private residence backyard casita. Set within in a warm rural community right off highway 12, just minutes from the shops and wining & dining of the famed Sonoma Square, this delightful getaway pad offered the perfect combination of style, comfort, location and value.
Paula’s Casita, with its brilliant blue wood-siding and white French doors,
is decorated inside and out with an eye-pleasing combination of creative craft and sophisticated sensibilities. I was welcomed with a complimentary bottle of local cab, as well as free coffee, tea and water. The amenities were just right. The ambience was tasty. The art filled gardens and deck, which offered many an ideal spot to sit and enjoy a refreshment with a friend, were beautiful and relaxing.
So much local flavor to discover nearby. My favorite wine tasting venues were Gloria Ferrer, Cline, VJB, Ram’s Gate and Kunde wineries. I checked out Cornerstone – a great place to walk through designer gardens, galleries, shops and have lunch. A superb bistro I tried was The El Dorado Kitchen, located on the Sonoma Square. My new favorite no-frills Mexican foodhot spot is El Molino Central – serving up super satisfying homegrown dishes and fiesta style outdoor dining. I’m also a big beer fan, and I found The Palooza Brewery & Gastropub to have an ample selection of yummy micro brews and savory food to go with.
I could go on about hiking and hot tubbing, and even thrift shopping, but I think you should discover some things on your own. All in all, I would say
for anyone (or two), who want to enjoy the wine country in affordable style, Paula’s Casita is the perfect little home away from home.
(And my new Sonoma sanctuary).