Scorching deal for Healdsburg Inn with dinner at Cyrus

The first time the Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza teamed up with Cyrus Restaurant five years ago the response was so fast and furious the hotel's phone system crashed. Needless to say, it sold out immediately.  So Breakaway is breaking this scorching hot deal as early as possible [...]

By | January 6th, 2012|0 Comments

A perfect 24 hours in St. Helena

Legendary Wine Country restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn alerts us to a getaway deal that creams a great Napa Valley experience into a single -price package. It starts with a one night in a King room at the The Inn at Southbridge, a boutique hotel hiding in plain sight on [...]

By | December 26th, 2011|0 Comments

Christmas making you crazy? Take a break to Mendocino

During the holiday delerium, taking a break away can be essential therapy to help restore your sanity. Play hooky from the holiday obligations with a quick overnight retreat. It’s the best gift you can give yourself, your significant other, or your best friend. The Mendocino Coast is only a couple [...]

By | November 30th, 2011|0 Comments

Shop in San Francisco and stay in-between in Mill Valley

If you want to flop after you shop it can be a long trek up to Sonoma County to the comfort of your bed after taking in the Christmas scene in San Francisco. But instead of blowing your gift money on urban accommodations, cut your drive time in half and [...]

By | November 21st, 2011|0 Comments

Ditch the crowded mall and go coastal

If the thought of Black Friday and holiday shopping makes you break out in hives, run as far away from the shopping centers as possible. Due west you'll eventually run into the ocean. When the road runs out go right and head north to the quiet of the Mendocino coast, [...]

By | November 20th, 2011|1 Comment

There is a free lunch, and free breakfast and dinner too

Attention vets. 11-11-11 is all about you. And in your honor, several national restaurant chains are offering free meals to active and retired veterans. It may not be fine dining but it's free. So take a break today and take advantage. Participating eateries include Chili's in Rohnert Park (851 Redwood [...]

By | November 10th, 2011|3 Comments

Sonoma’s purple wine tasting bus leaves the driving to someone else

At last. Chauffeur-driven wine tasting for the rest of us. A new purple bus dubbed The Vine Line is shuttling wine tasters among tasting rooms throughout the lower Sonoma Valley in safety. This is a boon not only to travelers but locals who like to occasionally taste in their own [...]

By | October 13th, 2011|0 Comments

More moonlight entertainment

After steering you to the stargazing class at Pepperwood Preserve, another outing under the night sky has cropped up. On Oct. 10 you can take a guided moonlight hike of the Montini Open Space Preserve in Sonoma. Caitlin Cornwall. a biologist with the Sonoma Ecology Center, will lead you an [...]

By | October 5th, 2011|0 Comments

$10 ticket to tour the universe

Canadian Guy Laliberte reportedly forked over $35 million for a space trip with the Russian Soyuz. But for a less expensive trip across the universe go no further than Santa Rosa's Pepperwood Preserve. On Nov. 19, longtime astronomer Bing Quock and fellow stargazer Ron Dammann, are leading a guided Grand [...]

By | October 3rd, 2011|0 Comments

Self pamper and pay it forward at Sonoma spa

We all like a wicked indulgence every now and then, even in the midst of a terrible economy none dare call "Depression." Recent market research confirms that weary penny-pinchers are warding off their own "Black Dogs" as Winston Churchill called "the blues," with everything from cocktail mixes to cheesecake, at [...]

By | September 27th, 2011|0 Comments