Grape Escape: A Vacation Home in Wine Country

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A sauvignon blanc-soaked weekend plus friends who were visiting from SF inspire me to write about Wine Country vacation rentals.

Isn’t that the dream of every foodie (although, that might be too expert a word for me)? To enjoy a farm-to-table meal artfully prepared by a five-star chef at a local vineyard while sipping on a glass of buttery chardonnay? That’s definitely on my list of things to do before I die.

Let’s all go to this Healdsburg, California vacation cottage to indulge in our Sonoma fantasy.

The property in the photo, The Italian Cottage, is one of four vacation homes that make up the Windrose Cottages (Choose from The English Cottage, The French Country Cottage or The Water Tower, plus an additional Garden Suite.). I like this one best because I love the idea of relaxing in the hot tub outside after stomping on grapes and hoofing it around the vineyard all day long.

Each space comes with a gas log stove for chilly nights and air conditioning for summer days. These escapes are definitely built for romantic retreats–couples arrive to the rooms with a bottle of wine and fruit cheese platter already waiting for them.

After a few glasses, you’ll enjoy watching the cattle, horses and sheep on nearby pastures, plus views of the mountains, rose garden (when in season) and of course the grape vines.

Go during weekdays until March 31, 2009, and you’ll pay only $135 a night. Good. That means more money for all the bottles you’ll be bringing home.

Posted in All-season rentals, Romantic getaways, Steal this Deal

About Valerie

Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.

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