The Camellia Inn B and B in Healdsburg is the place to be this Holiday Season

“Poorly planned and stressful vacations eliminate the positive benefit of time away. The less the stress, the more likely you will experience a positive benefit from the time off. A positive, well-managed vacation can make you happier and less stressed, and you can return with more energy at work and with more meaning in your life.” — Shawn Achor

We believe this quote will inspire anyone to set up a proper vacation. With the Holidays already upon us, your Holiday getaways are beginning to become a reality. If you’re looking for a great place to take your trip to, then we suggest our Camellia Inn B and B in Healdsburg. Our B and B in Healdsburg has a lot to offer you and/or your family. From wonderful rooms, to a terrific breakfast, to an exceptional spa experience and so much more. While you enjoy these excellent amenities, you also can be a part of some events we have planned at our B and B in Healdsburg or some that surround us. Here are a few of those events for you and/or your families to be a part of.

Open the Door For Three

B and B in Healdsburg

On November 14th, 2018 our B and B in Healdsburg is pleased to announce that Open The Door For Three is here for the second time this year! We completely sold out the last time OTD43 played in Healdsburg back in February, so make sure to reserve your seats soon!! Open the Door for Three consists of fiddle player Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Pat Broaders. Their music is a rare combination of unearthed tunes from centuries-old collections, newly composed melodies, fresh arrangements of songs old and new, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the unmatched energy of a trio of good friends playing great Irish music together. Call or email us at the Camellia Inn B and B in Healdsburg for more info or to reserve your seats: (707)433-8182, info@camelliainn.com

Healdsburg Guitar Weekend with Tony McManus

You don’t want to miss the 2nd Healdsburg Guitar Weekend we are promoting at our B and B in Healdsburg. On December, 7th, 8th and 9th join internationally celebrated celtic mucisian, Tony McManus and special guest, Teja Gerken of Peghead Nation for a wonderful 3 day getaway. This weekend event includes:

– Accommodations for three nights at the Camellia Inn B and B in Healdsburg

– A full breakfast each morning

– Lunch on Saturday & Sunday

– Light supper on Friday & Saturday evenings

– Concert on Saturday night

– Personal instruction by Tony McManus & Teja Gerken

-Other details TBA

We will be updating the details soon, or you can contact our B and B In Healdsburg now for any other information, ticket pricing and event packages.

Healdsburg Turkey Trot

The Camellia Inn B and B in Healdsburg is happy to promote the Healdsburg Turkey Trot that’ll take place at 8 am until 11 am PST on Thanksgiving morning, November 22, 2018. Once again, we’ll gather on Thanksgiving Day morning for a 5K run around the streets of Healdsburg. Throw on your Turkey suit and running shoes and get going. This course is all on the road and friendly to walkers and runners alike. Strollers too! Kids 5 years old and younger can run walk or ride (in a stroller, for example, or on a parent) for free! At the finish, we’ll be serving. As part of your registration and all sponsorship dollars go to support LIVE LIKE DREW, also known as the Drew Esquivel Scholarship, which supports student/athletes from the Healdsburg area in their dream to attend college. Click the following link for complete details: http://scenaperformance.com/healdsburg-turkey-trot-2018-registration/

Downtown Holiday Party 2018

Our B and B in Healdsburg all suggests you vacation in Healdsburg during Thanksqgiving so you can take part in the Downtown Holiday Party. This event takes place on Friday November 23, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM PST. Kick off your holiday season with Healdsburg’s charming and fun-filled Downtown Holiday Party. Bring your gift list, friends, family and appetite to this not to be missed town celebration.  You’ll be able to bring your camera for pictures with Santa from 5-7 pm, enjoy musicians and carolers, enjoy a performance by the Wonder Wags, see trick dogs, ride in Horse-drawn carriages (weather permitting) and shop for unique and beautiful holiday gifts.

Stay at the Camellia Inn B and B in Healdsburg this Holiday Season

There is so much going on during the Holiday season and so much to do. We hope this list of events happening now and in the coming weeks is enticing enough for you to book a stay with us at our B and B in Healdsburg. We’d love for you to contact us with all questions you have. We are also happy to help you plan your getaway if you need some help. Our staff is ready and willing to point you in the direction for a wonderful and fun Holiday vacation.

Thanksgiving Spa Getaway at the Camellia Inn

“Julia taught me what it takes to find your way in the world. It’s not what I thought it was. I thought it was all about…I don’t know, confidence or will or luck. Those are all some good things to have, no question. But there’s something else, something that these things grow out of. It’s joy.” — Julie Powell

Have any of you watched the movie Julie and Julia? If you haven’t watched this classic from Nora Ephron, we highly suggest you watch it. If you have seen it than you can understand how rewarding cooking is, but you also understand how stressful it can be. Now, take that stress of cooking and add it to the Holiday season. Oh, my goodness, it feels like you just want to click your heals together like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and say, ‘There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.”  We don’t want to stress you out any more than you have too when you think about the Holiday season. But, Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and there’s a lot of cooking, traveling and preparations to be done. With that said, we suggest, coming to our Spa at the Camellia Inn before you begin your preparations. We have many spa options to help get you through this Holiday whirlwind.

Spa Treatments at The Camellia Inn

Spa

There are so many amazing reasons to love having a spa getaway. If you can make it happen during the crazy times of the Holiday season, then we believe, it makes it that much more rewarding. A Thanksgiving Spa Getaway is now the opportunity that awaits you. Here is a list and explanation of some of our Spa Treatments and Packages to entice you.

Camellia Signature

We can’t offer a massage at our Healdsburg Spa without a signature treatment. Our Camellia Signature massage is a relaxing Swedish Massage. This signature massage is done by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction so that blood can return to the heart. But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

Deep Tissue

One more spa treatment we have is a Deep Tissue massage. Deep tissue massage works layer by layer through connective tissue and muscles down to the deepest accessible layers to change posture and create freedom of movement by releasing fascial adhesions and chronic muscle contracture. Deep tissue massage therapists use their fingers, thumbs, fists, forearms and elbows to stretch each muscle and fascia layer. It sounds amazing just writing about this spa experience.

Master’s Massage

Another fantastic treatment we offer at our Spa is a Master’s massage. With this treatment, you’ll consult with one of our senior therapists who is trained in many modalities. Our therapist will cater a treatment specifically catered to your body’s needs utilizing many techniques for your ultimate stress relief and relaxation.

Reiki

Our Spa Reiki treatment is a no-touch, visualization technique that opens the flow of energy throughout your body, which will help you become in tune with your physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

The Camellia Inn-Dulge

The name says it all, Inn-Dulge. The first thing you get, is the option of whichever accommodations you want. Pick the room of your choice, they are all fantastic, it’s an absolute ‘Win-Win.’ Head over to the specials section on our website to learn more about this wonderful package.

Wine Country Date

The next spa special package we offer you is called the Wine Country Date Package. Again, you get to choose the room accommodations that you feel the most comfortable with. The rest of this package is great because it really defines the title of the package. It’s about you and your date. We will lead you in the direction to the most intimate of rooms, and we’ll recommend an extremely intimate restaurant. Click this link to learn more.

Work out Wellness

The Camellia Inn has another spa package to think about.  We love this one because it’s not just for a girl’s weekend, or a romantic couple’s getaway, this package is for friends, family, or can be a romantic getaway. This spa package offers two bicycles that you could use to check out Healdsburg and its wine scene. It includes breakfast, a massage, bath salts and so much more.You can click this link for all information.

Quick Break-Away

For those 1-night wonders, this is the package for you. This Spa package offers you a great experience. This is ideal for one person, but you can make it a two-person experience if you want to. We want you to get away from it all for a little retreat full of treats. For all the info, click here.

Thanksgiving is the time to relax at the Camellia Inn

We all need an escape from the craziness that the Holiday season brings. Planning a spa getaway is a perfect way to help you make it through. We at the Camellia Inn would like to help. So please contact us at any time, so we can help book whatever spa treatment you desire that’ll aid you during these hectic Holiday times.

Come spend a day or three for the Russian River is a Sight to See

We thought this authentic Russian River quote was perfect to give you a taste of what awaits you when you are planning a trip to the area. You can stay with us at the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast or any other of Sonoma County’s wonderful lodgings. With that said we’d like to let you in on the history of the Russian River and some ideas of where to go on your journeys around the Russian River.

Then and Now, a brief introduction to the Russian River

Russian River

The Russian River region has a long and interesting history. First inhabited by the Kashaya Indian people, the river was named after Ivan Aleksandrovich Kuskow of the Russian-American Company, who explored the river in the early 19th century establishing the Fort Ross colony just northwest of the mouth of the river. In later years, the area began seeing more settlement due to the Gold Rush, the Bear Flag Revolt, the Mexican-American War and California officially becoming a part of the Union in 1850.

Lumber and mercury mining were the predominate industries in the region and brought railroad service to the area in the 1800s, further helping it to grow. During the 1870’s, Colonel James Armstrong, a lumberman who recognized the beauty and natural value of the forests, created a natural park and botanical garden which is today known as the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. In this incredible, vast forest reserve, trees such as the Parson Jones Tree, the tallest tree in the grove measuring more than 310 feet in height (longer than length of a football field!) and the Colonel Armstrong tree, which estimated at over 1400 years old is the oldest tree in the grove, still impress visitors with their majesty.

Today, the Russian River is a vibrant and diverse community that is a favorite California vacation destination. With world-famous wineries, golfing, a full array of lodging options as well as camping and RV parks, the Russian River has grown to be the premier, natural destination and summer vacation resort for visitors from both the San Francisco area and around the world.

The Russian River Locations

Guerneville – Known as the “Heart of the Russian River”, this town of roughly 4500 people is the largest of the villages along the Lower Russian River. Its many resorts, restaurants and shops have been welcoming locals and tourists for over 120 years. Guerneville’s biggest attractions are the Armstrong Woods State Reserve and Johnson’s Beach, as well as large festivals such as Women’s Weekend, the Blues/Jazz Festival and Lazy Bear Weekend.

Rio Nido – Back in the day, this village made its mark as the place to go for big bands, weekend dances and bowling. Rio Nido, (which means “river nest” in Spanish) is now home to some 2000 people and has a charming community of year-round and vacation homes nestled amongst the winding roads and dense redwood forest. Rio Nido’s main attractions are the Rio Nido Roadhouse, the Rio Nido Pool and the Rio Nido Lodge which houses local theatrical productions.

Forestville – This small town’s laid-back and comfortable atmosphere is attractive. Although not directly located on the banks of the Russian River, Forestville connects the rest of West Sonoma County to the Russian River.

Monte Rio – This vacation wonderland was made famous as the summer encampment of the Bohemian Men’s Club of San Francisco. Monte Rio’s dog-friendly public beach attracts hundreds of visitors and 1100 locals alike. This town surrounds the Russian river and has many wonderful events for you to choose from.

Duncans Mills – This enclave is the second smallest of the villages along the Russian river, with only 175 people calling it home. Duncans Mills was best known for its authentic Northwest Pacific Railway train station which is now a Historical Museum. This charming small town is also known for it’s fine shops and spectacular Cajun dining.

Jenner – This small town sits atop the coastal cliffs overlooking the mouth of the Russian River. With a population of about 130, Jenner is the smallest village in the Russian River region. You can Kayak, check out Goat Rock and view harbor seals and their pups.

Occidental – A town built around the Northwest Pacific Railway train stop, Occidental has flourished into the small bohemian community we know it as today. Occidental’s restaurants, shops and close proximity to the world-famous Sonoma Canopy Tours redwood zip lining course make it a must for a Sonoma County vacation.

Come visit the Russian River

If you’ve decided to vacation in any of the towns we’ve listed, then you will enjoy the Russian River immensely! There is so much to do and see. It might take a day or three, but we promise the Russian River beauty and history won’t disappoint. Please contact us at the Camellia Inn with any questions you might have. Even if you don’t stay with us, we are more than happy to point you in a direction, so you can enjoy a wonderful time exploring the Russian River area.

Halloween Events in Downtown Healdsburg

“The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It’s unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that’s never been advertised. And there’s a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over.” — Lewis Black

We wanted to start this post off with some humor. When we came across this joke from Lewis Black, we laughed and laughed. Candy corn has been around for so long and it’s a staple of the season. From the leaves falling to the nights turning cold, to our kids getting all excited to build their own costumes or head to a store to buy one. The Halloween joy engulfs us all because it’s the start of so much laughter and fun that is yet to come. Whether you are planning a trip from out of town, or you are a Sonoma County local, then we have a treat for you. Downtown Healdsburg has so much for you to be a part of this Halloween. Here are some of those Halloween Events in downtown Healdsburg to be on the look out for.

34th annual Pumpkin Festival

Events in Downtown Healdsburg

Ain’t no thang but a pumpkin thing. Sorry, just felt like that was the right time to say that. Anyway, on Saturday October 27th from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, head over to the Healdsburg Farmers’ Market on the corner of Vine Street and North Street for the Healdsburg Farmers’ Market’s 34th annual Pumpkin Festival. This downtown Healdsburg event combines carving skills, pumpkin decoration, racing abilities, a costume contest to win market bucks, and great prizes donated by local businesses. Contests begin at 8:30am and continue throughout the morning. There is so much more information that this downtown Healdsburg Pumpkin Festival has for you. Please head over to their website to find out more. This 34th annual Halloween event in downtown Healdsburg is so much fun. Please, don’t miss out. http://www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org/pumpkin-festival-2018/

Safari West Halloween Spooktacular

Alright folks, if you want to venture outside of downtown Healdsburg for a Halloween event this weekend then the Safari West Halloween Spooktacular might be perfect for you. This event starts at 10am with Safari Treks departing every 45 minutes! Barbeque Lunch from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm and the conservation pumpkin patch all should get you excited. And let’s not forget the Vultures, Snakes, and Owls! Oh My! Safari West is just a short trek away from downtown Healdsburg. Here is their website so you can purchase tickets and find out all other information for this fun event. https://safariwest.rezgo.com/details/105343/halloween

Día de los Muertos

I think we should get serious for a second, the animated movie Coco was a masterpiece in our opinion. It educated so many people, not just children, about a real event. We all, in downtown Healdsburg, are happy to tell you about this downtown Healdsburg event happening on Sunday October 28th from 12 pm until 7 pm. Corazón Healdsburg and the City of Healdsburg have put together a celebration weekend carrying out the traditions of the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead.  All are invited to this family-focused, community-engaging and cross-cultural weekend. This event is in the downtown Healdsburg plaza so there’s no reason to check out a website. Come on out and be a part of an exceptional Mexican tradition.

Downtown Healdsburg Trick or Treat

Events in Downtown Healdsburg

We know that your children love going from house to house with their pillow cases or pumpkin containers to gather as much candy as humanly possible. With that in mind, how about the idea of getting that started before it gets dark. Many downtown Healdsburg businesses will hand out candy starting at 4pm. This candy appetizer will last until 6 pm. We think this is a great idea to get on your kid’s good side if you may be in the dog house. They can get candy at one of the businesses you may want to visit as well. We think it’s a win win. There’s no website to visit, just head to downtown Healdsburg between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday October 31st.

Halloween time in Downtown Healdsburg

I think we all can agree that Halloween is the start of so much celebration. The Holiday season is upon us, and we at the Camellia Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Healdsburg are so excited. These are just a few events happening. There are so many more that you can find throughout the Sonoma County area. If you’d like to stay with us during this Halloween time, please contact us now. We book up quick, so don’t hesitate to call. Happy Halloween from all of us at the Camellia Inn.