cici’s lst swimming lesson…

Vine hill inn, sebastopol, is a delightful inn, beautifully remodeled 1897 Victorian farmhouse located in west Sonoma County, California. Nestled between vineyards and apple orchards in rural Sebastopol, and with a lovely cool swimming pool in the back, a garden and barn with chickens (and lots of greenery all around the property for sniffy dogs to explore).

There are four upstairs rooms, we stayed in the Sage room with its own private patio for cici, a claw foot tub, and queen bed. we were quite hot from the weather. it was great for me to swim around and just relax and soon cici got her first swimming lesson in the pool. I dunked her bottom in the water, she was panting so much. She resisted but after fell asleep in the shade under the lawn furniture.

Later, the dog next door, a jack russell named Spot, came by with his owner and he was having so much fun playing in the pool with his toys that Cici wanted to join in but was a little afraid of the pool. Cici watched him intently and was whining wanting to go in the water but afraid at the same time. Finally, I assisted her to go onto the first step to cool off and then to paddle in the water without benefit of the step. She was willing to go only so far, but boy did she want to just jump in and get that squeaky ball away from Spot !

this was NOT cici… someday maybe though…

The Vine Hill Inn has four rooms, all are pet friendly and only one dog at a time at the Inn… no pet fee, no pet amenities other than water bowl, and lovely hospitality. Breakfast was eggs of my choice, with scrumptious chocolate zucchini bread and fresh fruit, plus orange juice and hot tea (or coffee).

This would be a great place to stay for a Girlfriends Getaway. Girls could go spa-ing at Osmosis a wonderfully relaxing Japanese Cedar Enzyme bath within 15-20 minutes and Mermaids Spa offers $125 special discounted rate for guests of the Vine Hill Inn, you receive a one hour bath and one hour massage. There is an abundance of shopping, wining and dining options in nearby Graton, Occidental, and Sebastopol.

For dog owners, Ragle dog park is nearby….

You can go biking at Bodega or Russian River, where you can also go kayaking and canoeing.

We went into town after swimming and had a turkey burger at Sequoia drive-in and got an ice cream at Whole Foods market.

Kathy, the Vine Hill innkeeper had told me to find the street Florence and visit the junque art of a guy named Patrick. I found the street and there were sculptures up and down the street. I particularly noted the dog ones and jumped out of the car to take a photo. As I was adjusting the camera, along came the artist Patrick Amiot, and he posed for a photo with one of his dog sculptures (see below).

He makes all of his art out of old junk (garbage cans, clocks, pipes, mailboxes, taillights, and watering cans) that would otherwise be discarded and end up in a landfill. There is even a map of his sculptures all around Sebastopol and beyond. On Florence Street, there are 21 sculptures on the yards of his neighbors. There’s a beautiful peace mermaid, mad hatter, Tuts the Magic Dragon, Veggie Train, various cats, numerous dogs, such as Dual Dogs, Pug Gate (in Napa), Muggs, and others. website is

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we also camped out at hendy woods for $25 a night for a tent site… it was nice, on the hwy 128, near to philo, there is also indian creek down the road for $15 a night, did not check it out… we slept really well … conked out … they also have cabins, for $35, none were available but they do allow dogs in the cabins, unlike in Oregon.

There are numerous farms in the area and for those who are herb minded, Traditional Medicinals is in Sebastopol. You can visit their medicinal herb garden at 4515 Ross Road…

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One response to “cici’s lst swimming lesson…

  1. Excellent site, keep up the good work

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