Local Valentine’s Day gifts and holidays will beat flowers and cards

Local Valentine's Day gifts and holidays will beat flowers and cards

Local Valentine’s Day gifts and holidays will beat flowers and cards


Valentine’s Barn Crawl at Sonoma’s Charlie Estate: Get an early start to your Valentine’s Day celebrations with adorable rescued farm animals at Charlie’s Acres in Sonoma. On Saturday, February 5, enjoy local wine, beer, and plant-based snacks on your way from barn to barn, and meet some of the animals that call the nonprofit farm animal sanctuary home. $125 per person. 3201 Napa Road, Sonoma, 707-204-0020, charliesacres.org (Courtesy of Charlie’s Acres)

What better way to spend quality time with a loved one than relaxing in a mud bath? (Courtesy of Charlie’s Acres)

“Olive You to Sonoma and Back” Package at The Lodge in Sonoma: The best of both worlds: Sonoma vacation and olive oil. Two nights in a cabin suite with a private outdoor soaking tub, including olive oil spa facilities and other olive delicacies. In addition to tasting olive oil at McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma, guests can enjoy a gourmet picnic and wine for two, dinner at Wit & Wisdom on-site, and a daily breakfast at Benicia’s Kitchen near the hotel lobby. Prices start at $2,500. 1325 Broadway at Leveroni & Napa Roads, Sonoma, 707-935-6600 lodgeatsonoma.com (courtesy of The Lodge at Sonoma, Autograph Collection)

McEvoy Ranch is a 550-acre ranch in Petaluma that produces olive oil, wine and other culinary products. (Courtesy of McEvoy Ranch)

Wine, Roses and Romance at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma: Cheers to a luxurious room with sparkling wine, chocolate truffles, rose petal turndown and breakfast in bed. Prices start at $549. 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, 707-938-9000, fairmont.com/sonoma (courtesy of Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa)

The geothermal mineral pools at the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn flow more than 1,000 feet below the surface. The spa pool and hot tub are open year-round for guests 18 and older. The main pool has an average temperature of 88 degrees. (Provided by Fairmont Sonoma Mission Hotel)

Bodega Bay Lodge Sonoma Coast Romance Package: Sneak to the coast with perks, including a half-bottle of sparkling wine, a $40 credit at the on-site Drakes Sonoma Coast restaurant, and heart-shaped bath products. Prices start at $474. 103 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3525, bodegabaylodge.com (Courtesy of Bodega Bay Lodge)

Most rooms at the Bodega Bay Lodge feature water views, fireplaces and private balconies or patios. (Provided by Bodega Bay Inn)

Bodega Bay Lodge features a pool with bay views and an infinity hot tub. (Provided by Bodega Bay Inn)

Spend a romantic evening at the Drakes Fireside Lounge in Bodega Bay. (Provided by Bodega Bay Inn)

Romantic Dates at Healdsburg Hotels: Escape the routine for two nights and enjoy guest rooms with 6-foot tubs, homemade artisan chocolates, Dragonfly Farm flowers, Sonoma County sparkling wine and late check-in and check-out. Prices start at $499. 25 Matheson St., Healdsburg, 707-431-2800, hotelhealdsburg.com (Courtesy of Healdsburg Hotel)

Celebrate Romance at the Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa: Why stay just one night when you can enjoy the view of the vineyard for two? Silky rose petals are scattered throughout the room, and a bottle of Gloria Ferrer Private Cuveé Brut and six chocolate strawberries await upon arrival. In addition to two 50-minute massages and spa robes that you can keep, the package includes a $150 dining credit, valid at all resort restaurants. Prices start at $1073. 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, 707-800-421-2584, vintnersresort.com (Courtesy of Vintners Resort)

A room at the Santa Rosa Vintners Resort. (Courtesy of Vintners Resort)

After-get off work Party for Two at Vi La Vita Spa at the Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa: From 6 pm to 10 pm, you can indulge in an entire spa couples massage and full body exfoliating scrub, enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine and dessert from the resort’s restaurant, John Ash & Co., or soak in the spa ( Clothing optional) ) Hot bath. A pair of spa bathrobes are yours. Prices start at $2000; book a room and save 30%. (Courtesy of Will Bouquet)

Calderium at the Vi La Vita Spa at the Vintners Resort in Santa Rosa. (Courtesy of Vi La Vita Spa)

four seasons – love Bricoleur Vineyard in Windsor: This four-course wine and food experience will take place on February 12. Food and wine pairings include Estate Chardonnay with Hot Smoked Salmon and Founder Estate Pinot Noir with Roasted Sonoma Duck Breast. $200 per person. 7394 Starr Road, Windsor, 707-857-5700, bricoleurvineyards.com (courtesy of Bricoleur Vineyards)

Terrace at the Bricole Vineyard in Windsor. (Courtesy of Bricoleur Vineyards)

Valentine’s Day Dungeness Crab Cakes and Wine Pairings at Smith’s Story Cellars in Healdsburg: Taste the 2015 Smith Story Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from the library and the winery’s Mendocino County Brut and two mini Dungeness crab cakes with Meyer’s Lemon Tartar Sauce. On Saturday and Sunday, February 12-13, the winery offers seating in the new tasting room at Bacchus Landing. $45 per person; seating limited to 50 reservations. 14210 Bacchus Landing Way, Healdsburg, 707-494-5575, smithstorywincellars.com (courtesy of Smith Story Wines)

Can’t go to Healdsburg? The first 50 people who order a bottle of Smith Story sparkling wine will receive a free five-piece gift box of Fleur Sauvage chocolates. (Courtesy of Smith Story Wines)

Glen Ellen Wine Snob’s wine and chocolate pairings: Four wines will be paired with three truffles from Wine Country Chocolates. We were particularly curious about the 2016 Wine Snob Chardonnay and Elvis (Peanut Butter and Banana) Truffle Duo. 969 Carquinez Ave., Glen Ellen, 707-931-8424, winesnobwinery.com (courtesy of Wine Snob)

Sonoma Hansen’s Valentine’s Day: How about some surf and turf for cocktails, or Hog Island oysters with caviar and whipped cream? These Valentine’s Day specials are available on the weekends of February 4-6 and February 11-14. From $55. 22985 Burndale Road, Sonoma, 707-343-1805, hansonofsonoma.com (Courtesy of Hanson of Sonoma)

“Booze & Bonbons” Chocolate and Spirit Pairings at Alley 6 Craft Distillery in Healdsburg: Enjoy six candies from Fleur Sauvage Chocolates in Windsor, paired with craft spirits. A box of assorted chocolates includes candies made with the distillery’s Candy Cap Bitters and rye whiskey. $30 per person. 1401 Grove St., Suite D, Healdsburg, 707-484-3593, alley6.com

Chocolate and Spirits Cocktail Set from Griffo Distillery in Petaluma: Although the distillery is currently closed for tastings, Griffo is offering two cocktail kits to its fan base via online ordering. The Old Fashioned Valentine’s Cocktail and Chocolate Set (pictured) has everything you need to mix the perfect cocktail and three Fleur Sauvage candies. Candy flavors are: Orange Dark Chocolate, Mexican Chocolate, Molasses and Chicory. $117.50. 1320 Scott St., Suite A, Petaluma, 707-879-8755, griffodistillery.com (courtesy of Griffo Distillery)

To celebrate this romantic holiday, Griffo has also created a gin lover cocktail and chocolate set. The kit includes the same three flavors of Fleur Sauvage candy, plus all the accessories you need to make cocktails at home. $94. (Courtesy of Griffo Distillery)

Fleur Savage’s Valentine’s Day Chocolates in Windsor: After enjoying these locally made artisan chocolates with spirits and sparkling wine, you may find yourself needing more in your life, so head to the new store to stock up. 370 Windsor River Road, Windsor, 707-892-2162, fleursauvagechocolates.com (Chris Hardy/Sonoma Magazine)

Club Volo Chocolate Subscription: Remind that special someone how much you love them all year long with a monthly chocolate bar subscription. Choose from four, six or seven bars per month. $30-52 per month, plus shipping. PO Box 1333, Healdsburg, 707-536-6764, volochocolate.com (Heather Irwin/Sonoma Magazine)

Love in the Air Peanuts Movie Marathon at the Charles M. Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa: look short peanut A full day of animated films about love from Saturday 12 February to Monday 14 February. Titles playing on the museum’s big screen include: Charlie Brown Valentine; Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown; You’re in Love, Charlie Brown; Snoopy Is Getting Married; and more. Check out the movie schedule here. Free; Museum admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children. 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, 707-579-4452, schulzmuseum.org

Wild Jungle Love for Valentine’s Day! Safari West in Santa Rosa: The 21st annual Wild Jungle Love ‘Amour’ party, a romantic safari for adults, will take place on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13. Lunch, including filet mignon and an oyster bar, followed by a discussion of animal courtship and a safari sex tour in an open-air vehicle at Safari West. $175 per person. 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, 800-616-2695, safariwest.com (Will Bucquoy/For The Press Democratic)

Safari West’s annual Wild Jungle Love tour focuses on the courtship rituals of animals in the 400-acre wildlife sanctuary. (John Burgess/News Democrat)

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