Clean, comfortable, cozy, well-appointed cottage with great landlords. Highly recommended.
My wife and I were looking for a place on the outskirts of Petaluma from which to conveniently access the vibrant downtown and explore rural, southwestern Sonoma County . We couldn't have chosen a more perfect spot. Carol welcomed us most hospitably, and we were instantly charmed by the cottage, inside and out. After breakfast each morning by the warm gas-lit fireplace, we headed out, often along quiet backroads, to explore the beautiful countryside, from Petaluma to Tomales, Valley Ford to Dillon Beach, Occidental to Bodega and all along Tomales Bay. The rain had recently turned the hillsides and pasture-lands into a sparkling green imitation Ireland. It was spectacular! Along the way we enjoyed lunch one day at Dinucci's in Valley Ford and the local history museum in old Tomales High School; but mostly, we just delighted in the beautiful scenery. Another highlight was an afternoon in the town of Sonoma, where we took in a great photography exhibit at the Sonoma Valley Art Museum, window-shopped around the plaza, had a delicious, inexpensive lunch at Sunflower Cafe, and visited the historic mission. Our "souvenirs" included wine, a variety of local artisan cheeses and several fanciful and utilitarian gifts from the jam-packed and affordable kitchen-ware shop next-door to the Cafe. In the late afternoons we came back to the cottage to relax, have a cup of coffee (everything we needed, was there for us), watch a bit of the World Series on the high-def tv, then head downtown ( about a 10 minute drive) for dinner. Our first night began with a glass of wine at McNear's - great fun - then an awesome dinner across the street at Central Market, where our four-course meal and the waitress who served it were 5-star! Night two was a birthday celebration nearby with our son and his family - also great, of course. Night three was a top-notch steak dinner at Seared, just up the block from Central Market. To round out a perfect three-day visit, we shopped on Kentucky Street, drove through the interesting old neighborhoods, and had lunch - yum - at Hallie's - like McNear's, a downtown Petaluma institution. All-in-all, it was a great little getaway, and Tom and Carol's rental cottage was the perfect "home away from home". Thank you, Tom and Carol!
Lovely Country Cottage for two in the Heart of the Wine Country