New owners for Casa Bella Inn
Doug, in the high-tech industry, and Victoria, a therapist, said that for years they had been trying to find a venture that they could do together. Recently they had been to a friend's event in Guerneville where a whole property was rented out, and started to think about doing something similar in Sonoma County. Casa Bella was actually the first property they looked at, and “the stars aligned,” said Doug.
The Timpes envision that Casa Bella won't be a traditional bed and breakfast, but more of a facility for retreats, small groups, and family gatherings.
“We've started to fall in love with the property; it's so unique,” said Victoria. The Timpes said they hope to eventually move to Sonoma County.
The Timpes bought Casa Bella from proprietors Maggie Kaplan and Marga Frieberg, who have owned it since 2014.
The main house was built in 1913, and became known as the Monroe Ranch. John Wilson, brother-in-law to General Vallejo, was originally awarded the land in 1837 as part of the Los Guilicos land grant. Charles and Mary Monroe acquired the property around 1914. The house was registered as a Sonoma County Historic Landmark in 1998.
For more information on Casa Bella, go to www.casabellainnsonoma.com
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New works featured at Sculpturesite
One can also detect Post Cubist and Constructivist influences in Metz's work, yet what emerges is his constant striving for a balance. “Part of the essence of my work is this merging of geometry and fluidity,” said Metz, “intermingling the male and female forms or energies; the Yin and the Yang.” View the artist at work in the most recent video release from the series “Inside the Sculptor's Studio” to catch a glimpse of Metz discussing his unique approach to deductive sculpture. Visit www.sculpturesite.com, and click under the tab “Exhibitions” to stream Metz's interview. Accompanying the new video launch is an exhibition of five sculptures on display in the gallery with seven additional works exclusively presented on the Sculpturesite website. The works, both horizontal and vertical, vary from under 12” to 46” high.
Women in leadershipThe Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and G3 Sonoma will co-host a special event to celebrate women who exemplify leadership. The 2016 Sonoma Women in Leadership Luncheon, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Ramekins in Sonoma, will include a moderated panel of distinguished women, recognition of the 2016 Exemplary Woman Leader honoree, Carol Giovannato, a gourmet box lunch including champagne toast, and plenty of quality networking. Lunch begins at 12:45 p.m. Presentation runs 1:15-2:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for chamber members, $55 nonmembers. Visit business.sonomachamber.org for tickets. Ramekins Culinary School is located at 450 West Spain St. in Sonoma.
Muscardini Friends and Family saleAre you a friend or family member of Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood? Of course you are! Muscardini Cellars' Friends and Family 48-hour Sale is coming up on Nov. 15-17. Stop in or shop online for savings on Muscardini's wine and gift sets during its biggest sale of the year. Visit www.muscardinicellars.comor 9380 Sonoma Highway.
Holiday Season is hereHalloween is over, so, yes, it's officially “Holiday Season.” That means you'd better start planning, booking and prepping for where you'll be and what you'll be doing over the next 62 days.
To simplify your Thanksgiving meal plans, Glen Ellen Star restaurant will again provide a special Thanksgiving Day pick up menu, available on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. RSVP before Nov. 19. $45 per person, with an eight-person minimum. Enjoy mixed chicories salad with candied pecans, shaved persimmon, Roquefort dressing; wood oven roasted Brussels sprouts, brown sugar bacon marmalade; spatchcocked Willie Bird turkey, caramelized fingerling potatoes, chestnuts and gravy; toasted brioche stuffing, mushrooms, mire poix; cranberry compote, maple syrup, orange zest; apple pie with vanilla maple bourbon ice cream. Call 917-821-8154 to order. Glen Ellen Star is located at 13648 Arnold Dr.
If you'd prefer to dine out on Thanksgiving, the fig café in Glen Ellen will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. with a prix fixe, three-course menu with a choice of arugula salad, shaved Brussels sprouts salad, or butternut squash soup; a main course choice of roasted turkey, house ham, pan-seared flounder, or mushroom risotto, and desserts of either brownie sundae or pumpkin cheesecake. All courses will be paired with a selection of premium wines. Cost is $45 per person, three course menu, with wine pairing add $15. $20 per child (10 and under). Beverages, tax and gratuity not included. Reservations are highly recommended. Call Kelly at 933-3000, ext. 13, for reservations.
Mei Don Chinese Restaurant in Oakmont will also be open Thanksgiving (and Christmas) day during its regular hours 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. And don't forget they offer one of the best Happy Hours in town, Tues.-Sun., 2-5 p.m., with $3 egg rolls, dumplings, and steamed pork buns, $5 pot stickers, spring rolls and wings, $2 beer and $4 wine.
Mei Don is located at 6576 Oakmont Dr.