IF IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, SONOMA COUNTY FEELS FINE

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If those who equate the end of the Mayan calendar with the end of the world are correct, travelers have until December 21, 2012 to live it up.  Towards that (possible) end, Sonoma County hotels and wineries are encouraging travelers to eat, drink (still responsibly) and be merry with one final party, surrounded by food, wine, family and friends. 

“We’ve earned a reputation for being a perfect place to celebrate any and all occasions, so why not the possible end of the world?” says Ken Fischang, President & CEO of the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau.  “We’ve been blessed with the incredible natural beauty of the Sonoma coast, which is complemented by our fantastic restaurants, vineyards, wineries and cultural offerings.  So if the world is going to end, it’s certainly the ideal place to spend your last vacation. And if it turns out that we’re all still here on December 22, then it’s the perfect place to raise a glass and toast the many years ahead.”

Below are packages and events taking place throughout Sonoma County in conjunction with the end of the Mayan calendar:

Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa: End of the World Package
This luxurious property is offering the opportunity for family and friends to celebrate the End of the World together with a group package that includes: 18 rooms for two-night accommodations; spa services for up to 40 people; all food included up to 40 people and the opening of the only bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal 2000, a 6.0 liter bottle valued at $25,000, along with an oyster buffet, Artisan cheeses, caviar and more.  This package costs $55,000 as a buy-out option or $1,375 per person and is available December 21-22, 2012.   For more information, call 707-876-9818 or visit www.scvilla.com.

Wine Country Vespa tours shower guests with hidden treasures of Sonoma County. With treats worthy of any Mayan sacrifice, guests will be ready for the end of the world. This one-day tour includes: The last appetizer:  Artisan cheeses from Bohemian Creamery in Sebastopol -- hand-milked, from organically fed goats; The last drink:  John Retak's bio-dynamically grown "Ceritas" Pinot Noir from the small but mighty, award-winning Porter-Bass vineyard; The last meal:  Chef Josh Silver's (Syrah) Sonoma grown foie gras, local Pacific Salmon, and oysters from Sonoma Coast's Hog Island; The last dessert plate:  Local olives from DaVero, organic fruit from Gabriel Farm, and Cabernet chocolate from Wine Country Chocolates and The soundtrack:  The surf of the mighty Pacific Ocean -- at Goat Rock near Bodega Bay.  For more information, call 707-523-2371 or visit www.winecountryvespa.com.

All Seasons Vacation Suites: Fiesta de Santa Tomas Package
Rather than adhere to the theory that “the world is ending” All Seasons Vacation Suites is celebrating the end of one Mayan calendar and the beginning of another, with the Fiesta de Santo Tomás package, including: two-night accommodations in a suite; zip lining through the redwoods; a three-course dinner of Mayan-inspired food and an “I experienced the End of the World in Sonoma County” t-shirt.  Rates for this package start from $725, all inclusive.  For more information, call 877-727-8182 or visit www.allseasonsvacationsuites.com/index.html.

Windrose Romantic Cottages: End of the World Package
Guests can enjoy their last two nights on the planet in romantic bliss, with this package that includes: overnight accommodations in the Water Tower studio, complete with a private hot tub, private deck and fire place. This offer costs $99 per night, with a two-night minimum stay and is available December 21 and 22, only.  For more information, call 707-836-0400 or visit www.windroseromanticcottages.com

Birmingham Bed & Breakfast: Well If We Have To Go Package
Before “we have to go” guests can indulge in food and wine from Sonoma County with this package including: two nights’ accommodation, with a 12 percent discount on the second night; a complimentary wine passport at 25 Sonoma Valley wineries; a $25 voucher for dinner at a local restaurant and complimentary breakfast. This package is valid December 1-15, 2012 and prices vary per night.  For more information, call 800-819-1833 or visit www.birminghambb.com.

The Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma: First Day of the Rest of Our Lives Package
Assuming the world does not end as the Mayan calendar has predicted, the Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma is offering a package to celebrate the rest of our lives with this package which includes: overnight accommodations in a deluxe room; a welcome bottle of wine and a gourmet dinner for two in the hotel’s Tolay Restaurant.  This package starts from $212 per night and is available December 22 through January 31, 2013. For more information, call 707-283-2888 or visit www.sheraton.com/petaluma.

Kaz Winery & Wine Biz Radio will be blending a wine for the “future inhabitants” of Earth on Thursday, December 20.  A BBQ fit for a “last meal” will be served, with guests sitting on one side of a long table.  Guests will then take a trip to the Wine Biz Radio station, where they will have a microphone to “get their message” out to the world.  For more information, or to sign up for the last “sipper” call 877-833-2536 or visit www.kazwinery.com. 

Sheldon Wines will be hosting a Winter Masquerade “Celebrate the Night/Return of the Light” party, with live music and belly dancers.  Fire dancers will “entice the Gods to show mercy and let the sun rise again.”  There will be wine on tap and gourmet food trucks and Heritage Public House will be pouring local brews for guests to enjoy.  For more information, call 707-865-6755 or visit www.sheldonwines.com.

Sonoma County Wine, Grapes and Tourism
Sonoma County, California, located just 30 miles north of San Francisco, offers world-class wines from over 350 wineries in 13 designated wine regions, cuisine featuring locally grown and artisan products, and destination resorts including 40 spas and 21 golf courses. It is the birthplace of premium California wine more than 150 years ago.  As leaders in sustainable farming, a majority of the 62,000 total vineyard acres follow the California statewide guidelines. Family heritage, community and dedication to the land are what make Sonoma County a friendly first-rate wine and food destination.

Sonoma County Tourism Bureau
www.sonomacounty.com / http://www.facebook.com/sonomacountyca / http://twitter.com/insidesonoma

Sonoma County Winegrape Commission
www.sonomawinegrape.org / http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonoma-Grapes/133401176715690
/ http://twitter.com/Sonomagrapes

Sonoma County Vintners
www.sonomawine.com / http://www.facebook.com/SonomaVintners / http://twitter.com/sonomavintners
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