Innkeepers Along the Wine Road – Top 5

Beth Costa on Jan 1, 2018

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!

Hotel Healdsburg logo





Woman behind a computer and desk.
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.
logo for Sonoma Orchid Inn
Two men with two dogs
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.
Sign for the Ferngrove Cottages

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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