FARMHOUSE FRESH: If your family has called a ranch home for the better part of a century, and you spend a good deal of time freshening up that idyllic, far-from-the-bustle spot, with updated, oh-so-posh accommodations and the swimming pool and the spa, when would you want the big reveal to happen? Probably, we imagine, when flowers and vegetables and plants are bursting around the rustic property, the better to match the spirit of renewal and brand-spanking-ness afoot. That's just what has recently gone down -- or up, rather, to match buds pushing through soil -- at the Farmhouse Inn in the Russian River Valley. The property still brims with that winsome, wayback charm while the guest rooms have received a gentle, modern-meets-timeless burnish. (If only all historic settings could receive such a care-sweet burnish from time-to-time.) To mark springtime on the flower-laden ranch, and to celebrate the finishing-up of the renovations, the Farmhouse Inn has a special on, called Spring into Sonoma. The deal? Reserve a king room for three nights and pay for two. Oh, we do like when our springtime, stroll among the flowers, ye-olde-20th-century-farm-y dreams are made easier, and easier on the pocketbook.
FOR A LIMITED TIME: Like spring passes with a burst into summer, so shall the Spring into Sonoma end. Stay through May 31 on this deal, say hello to owners (and siblings) Catherine and Joe Barolomei, and play-act, in your mind, what it might have been like to grow up on a soil-rich ranch. (Surely you do this, right? When you visit an historic spread that was a former home? It can't just be our own head-spun fantasies.) There are some asterisks, like blocked-out dates over Memorial Day Weekend and a nice dealie if you make those three nights during the middle of the week, so read all. If you need to get your flower-breathing, oxygen-sunshine-bees-butterflies enjoyment in, and you fear springtime'll zip without that happening, a foray to this Forestville favorite should do the trick.