Do you feel a bit like Auntie Mame, that you “need a little Christmas” but you just don’t have the time and energy for all that endless baking, cooking and decorating?
The Madrona Manor in Healdsburg is happy to do all your Christmas chores for you.
Owners Bill and Trudi Konrad have a special yuletide weakness and devote an entire week just to decorating the hillside Victorian mansion with garlands, toys, memorabilia and decorations they have been collecting for years. They have a particular weakness for Teddy Bears and Kris Kringles.
Longtime Gardener Geno Ceccato has the task of landing a 14-foot Christmas tree each year. Ceccato doesn’t just string lights. He wraps each branch with them — 4,000 twinkling little beacons of Christmas cheer.
Even if you’re not fortunate enough to spend a night amid all this wintry magic, consider booking a table for one of the Manor’s now famous Dickens Dinners. These are holiday feasts featuring culinary luxuries from Christmases past, updated with a modern twist by Chef Jesse Mallgren. It’s a menu fit for Fezziwig himself, with Petite Lobster “Shepherd’s Pie,” Beef Wellington and a belt straining finish of Christmas pudding. Victorian costumed carolers serenade as you dine.
Tip for the budget-conscious: On Sunday Dec. 12, Wednesday Dec. 15, and Thursday Dec. 16, a five-course meal can be enjoyed for $85 a person. Otherwise, expect to pay $95 up to $125 for full Christmas night dinner.
The Manor is located at 1001 Westside Road. For information on dinner dates and to reserve, visit madronamanor.com or call 800-258-4003.