Annibirthary Getaway: Windsor & Sea Ranch

Rem & Di @ Sea Ranch

Rem and I are home from a lovely little vacation.  In the midst of a terrible drought we went on a very rainy week.  We need the rain and it was nice to see green hills instead of brown.

We celebrated our 15th anniversary and because of the rain, postponed our planned hot-air balloon flight.  We decided to go ahead with our plan to stay overnight in Windsor and enjoyed both lunch and dinner out in Healdsburg.

The rain put a bit of a damper on strolling around and window shopping but after lunch at Bear Republic Brewing Company,

Beer Sampler, Bear Republic

(Rem had one of their beer samplers), we did stop in here:

Diannes Estate Jewelry

Lovely items and they know how to spell Dianne!  Rem got me a sweet little music charm to add to my charm bracelet.

We stayed in the The Italian Country Cottage at Windrose Romantic Cottages in Windsor.

Italian Cottage

Cottage Sign

It was probably bigger than our apartment and with no noisy neighbors and a lovely and yes, romantic setting, it was a great start to the vacation.  In fact, we met our neighbor in the morning, an emu, one of eight on  the adjacent property.


The cottage included a full kitchen…

Cottage kitchen

A small, cozy living room with gas stove,

cottage living room

a spacious bedroom,

cottage bedroom

and though we didn’t have a bubble bath in the old-fashioned bathtub, we did very much enjoy a soak in the covered outdoor hot tub later.

indoor tub, cottage

We drove the 10 minutes back to Healdsburg in pouring rain for dinner at Baci.  In spite of the storm, the place was packed.  I had a delicious Risotto Frutti di Mare and Rem chose one of the daily specials: Ravioli with Beef Cheeks and Mushrooms, which he said was “very tender with good sauce.”  We shared an order of profiteroles which were yummy but not as good as the ones at Left Bank in Larskpur which come with a small pitcher of hot chocolate sauce.

Back down the freeway with our windshield wipers going like gangbusters to “our” cottage.  As the sign says, it really was the sweet life.

La Dolce Vita

The kitchen is stocked with a fruit and cheese platter for your arrival and waffle mix and a waffle iron, juice, fruit, coffee, cereal, etc. for the following morning.  Rem did the honors for breakfast, our anniversary, both fixing waffles and cleaning up.  After  a final trip to Healdsburg to the Oakville Grocery to pick up lunch to eat en route, we hit the road heading for Sea Ranch.

Sea Ranch was the usual delightful mix of doing very little, eating well and the occasional venture outdoors to see the local flora and fauna. I crafted and read, Rem did ham radio and played games on his iPhone.  We celebrated my birthday in very low-key style, cooking together (Rem did all the clean up, bless him) and I took a walk.

Sea Ranch House with Sheep

Some beautiful Sea Ranch architecture, blooming daffodils and the Sea Ranch sheep.

Sea Ranch Sheep by the sea

Lambs butting heads

Seals and high surf

Seals and high surf.



Sheep pen gate

View to the ocean

Wet grass

Birthday Selfie

A birthday selfie.


We were a little relieved that it was pouring today when we had to pack up and head home.  Sea Ranch has very changeable weather and often offers the most glorious weather the day you depart.

I’ll write more soon about a few of the recipes we tried and share some pictures of the crafting I did.

Thank you for stopping by.


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9 responses to “Annibirthary Getaway: Windsor & Sea Ranch

  1. Awesome photos and details- thanks for sharing! Glad you went in to Dianne’s and that Rem got you a charm. How sweet.

  2. a lovely get-a-way for your Anniversary…how sweet… I love cottages…just enough room for two…

  3. Kathleen Faw

    E-mail the photo of the daffodil to Mom. She thought she was going to miss seeing them bloom at the house.


    Hi what a lovely way to spend an anniversary and birthday. I will have to remember that combination of Anniversary and birthday that was clever. Whose birthday and how young was the birthday person? I just turned 70 on Valentine’s Day.

    I believe my friend Marilyn Griffin said you live in California. Was there you took your trip. I lived in So. Cal. for 26 years before moving to Louisville, Ky in 1989. The winters may be lovely and at least I can live in and experience all 4 seasons..

    I was an Army brat so I lived all over. In Alaska in early 1950’s and Germany in 1954-1958 I loved it. Got to see a lot of the world and we traveled all over Europe. Hard way to make school yard friends though.

    Enough about me. What is your life like? Kids, Grandkids if you are old enough, I have four daughters and 9 Grandchildren.

    Please let’s stay in touch. Since I had to stop 2 years ago, I can’t keep busy doing volunteer work and just getting up and go wherever I want too, So my computer is my only way to communicate. Till next time.

    • Hi, Kynanny – Thanks for your nice comment. I’m the birthday person and I turned 54. Yes, I live in Northern California and our trip was just about 100 miles from where we live the rest of the time. If you’d like, you can read through my previous blog entries to learn more about me. I don’t have kids, but I’m lucky enough to have 6 nieces and nephews (3 of each).

      It sounds like you have a lot of stories to tell. Maybe one of those 9 grandkids could you help you get your own blog set up! Take care.

  5. A most lovely way to spend a birthday and anniversary. Getting homesick with your lovely photos

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