Guest Book for Alexander Valley Lodge in Healdsburg

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Ann Marie Flanagan

Alexander Valley Lodge…. My husband and I stayed at the Alexander Valley Lodge for a small family reunion. We arrived late and it was dark as we drove up the drive. When we got out of the car I felt like I was standing in front of a castle. Each room I entered was so spacious and I imagined how much fun it would be to have a big group of family and friends socializing in the very interesting two level living rooms. There was even a running fountain in the living room as we entered the house. It was late so we went to sleep, but woke early because I was anxious to look around. First night sleep was short but bed was very comfortable! My first view of Northern California was out the huge picture window in the master suite. It was breath taking! I immediately took a picture and sent it to people back home. I then investigated the rest of the house and found every room interesting and decorated so uniquely. Huge, beautiful and very comfortable are a few words I would use to describe the lodge. It was a very peaceful, relaxing and enjoyable visit. Danielle and Scott are the best!

Danielle

Hawaiians Waipahu, Hawai'i, USA Review Submitted: October 12, 2009 Date of Stay: October 2009 Without knowing where to begin, I would first just like to say one word - INCREDIBLE! This trip to "Wine Country" was a first for many in our party so picking the right place to stay was vital. AVL turned out to be a dream home. We were all very pleased with not only the accommodations but the unbelievable hospitality from the owner. In Hawai'i, we pride ourselves on our aloha spirit, the owner and her 'ohana (family) definitely exemplify the aloha spirit. The house lived up to our every expectation and then some. It was near enough to so many vineyards/wineries in the immediate area that it was almost unnecessary to go any further than Healdsburg. It was cozy, yet allowed great privacy to all in our party. It was rural enough where you could enjoy nature, yet close enough to everything where you weren't at a complete loss of things to do. The sound system throughout the house was awesome, the jacuzzi and pool were quite relaxing to hang out by. Coming from Hawai'i, the fire place came in quite handy during those cold October nights (50's, I know, wimps right). The views were breathtaking and made for some very good conversation over morning coffee. And lastly, the one item that made our trip (and our stay at the house) absolutely complete, was having Chef Martin come and cook for us. We made up the table (complete with name plaques and the menu), got some beautiful flowers, dressed up, played some very good dinner music, cracked open a few bottles of great wine, and had Chef completely spoil us. His cooking was amazing. We had, among other things, the crab cakes (fantastic), the mushroom soup (unbelievable, don't ask him for the recipe, it's top secret), and the pepper crusted filet (OMG). Thank you for putting us in touch with him, and mahalo nui Chef Martin for sharing your talent with us. The only complaint we had about Chef Martin, was that we didn't think to ask him to cook for us the whole week. All in all, it was indeed, INCREDIBLE! We highly recommend the AVL to anyone who might want a get away in wine country. He u'i nui keia hale. Mahalo piha a me malama nui 'ohana Alexander! Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

larry lawlor

we had a family reunion at avl this august and had a great time. danielle could not have been more accomodating. her lodge is truly a great get-away spot, recommend it highly

Shawn

Nine women from all over the country came together for a long weekend in wine country. I don't know what we enjoyed more ˜ the wine tasting or having the lodge to return to at the end of each day. The pool was so relaxing and the views were gorgeous. The home was just beautiful! Danielle and Scott, the owners, were fantastic to work with through a ton of questions getting things set up, to taking us on great wine tours! We had Chef Martin come to the house the first night and cook a fablous meal for us. The trip was perfect! Oh, and I slept as good as I can remember ever sleeping ˜ the bed was soooo comfortable! I can't wait to return!

Venturafoodie

We went there as a group of eleven. There are six bedrooms, 5 baths. The rooms vary in size. Huge living area w/ big acreen TV, satellite, dvd, stereo etc. Gorgeous views of Alexander Valley out of the windows. We cooked in one night and the kitchen is pretty much fully equipped, even for the foodies in the group. The next night we had Chef Martin come in and he served us a wonderful dinner- 6 courses I think- lost count. If you do this you MUST request the mushroom soup! The owners, Scott & Danielle were fantastic and arranged for a 14 person van and took us wine tasting for two days. They are very gracious, knowledgable and professional. I HIGHLY recommend it- check out their web site- http://www.alexandervalleylodge.com

Lynn Kenton

We went here as a group of eleven. There are 6 bedrooms, 5 baths. The rooms vary in size. Huge living area w/ big acreen TV, satellite, dvd, stereo etc. Gorgeous views of Alexander Valley out of the windows. We cooked in one night and the kitchen is pretty much fully equipped, even for the foodies in the group. The next night we had Chef Martin come in and he served us a wonderful dinner- 6 courses I think- lost count. If you do this you MUST request the musroom soup! The owners, Scott & Danielle were fantastic and arranged for a 14 person van and took us wine tasting for two days. They are very gracious, knowledgable and professional. I HIGHLY recommend it- check out their web site- http://www.alexandervalleylodge.com

Tia Rancourt

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Alexander Valley Lodge and got to experience the warm, comfortable atmosphere, breathtaking views, relaxing poolside and the incredible hospitality offered by the owners, Danielle and Scott Alexander. I look forward to staying there again and highly recommend it to all who are interested in taking in some peaceful, relaxing days and incredible views of the valley.

Greg

We had a great time - the lodge is in a good location and easily accessible from SF. Plenty of room for a large group and all the amenities you would want, plus more. If you are looking to rent a house with proximity to the Sonoma/Healdsburg wine country, this is the place.

Dyann Callipari

Danielle, We can't thank you enough for allowing us to stay in your wonderful Lodge. We visited with a total of 5 couples and had an incredible stay there. The Lodge is lovely, clean, spacious and the drive up the mountain is intense! The views from all around your lodge were just spectacular! We LOVED how at home we felt there; we had a blast. Martin was AWESOME; we tried to bring him back to Chicago with us! He is a fantastic chef! Thank you for all of your recommendations and hospitality! We can't wait to return! I would recommend staying at the Alexander Valley Lodge to anyone heading out that way! Dyann

Susan

We LOVED your home. It was amazing. We did some wine tasting and arrived around 5 pm. Martin was awesome. It was so wonderful having someone cook dinner for us. We look forward to renting your house again.

Monica

I rented the AVL with 3 other couples and we had a great time. The lodge is perched on a mountaintop and is both private and secluded, yet within 1 hours drive to most Napa and Sonoma locations. We loved the awesome views, wildlife, shooting stars, outdoor patio and jacuzzi, and other amenities. The 3 suites are very large and private with their own baths, but one couple had a less than stellar suite downstairs by the kitchen - the only bummer about the lodge. The road up to the lodge is very dicey and you should make sure you always have a DD, especially after visiting wineries all day.

Lenore

Hi Danielle! As the saying goes, "Time flies by when you're having fun!" And, that we did! My friends and I had a marvelous time in California! The road to AVL was an adventure for some, but it was beautiful with the fall colors just beginning to show. Kathy met us just as were getting out of the cars. You are lucky to have such a wonderful neighbor and friend, who happens to be your property manager, too! The pictures on your websites do not do AVL justice. Experiencing the Lodge and its surroundings first hand definitely brings about an inner peace! We all brought home such special memories of this special trip - my " next steps" into retirement. Thank you, Danielle, for all your assistance in helping to make this a memorable one, too! Until then, take care. Enjoy your family. ˜ Lenore

Sharon

Danielle- Thanks so much for renting your beautiful home to us. I have to admit, driving up to the house, we were all making jokes about what we would find, but our mouths fell open when we finally pulled into the driveway. When you rent a home off the internet, I guess there is always the possibility that someone could mislead you. All of us had a wonderful time and are trying to figure out when we can return. I trust you found everything in good order upon inspection. I felt we all tried to treat your home as if it were our own. I wondered if you were going to return my check, tear it up, or if you found something not to your liking. Our only regret is that we didn?t have more time to just relax and enjoy your home. Hope to visit again soon, Sharon

Hamen

I'm from Fortworth Texas, Travel to northern Calf,spent one night with Scott an loving wife Danielle an his newborn,,,,,,Everything was Great, I will be back!

Rob Chimelak

As when booking or buying anything off the computer, we questioned what we were actually getting ourselves into. It turns out, that this was one of the best vacations I have ever had, thanks to our host Danielle. The hospitality along with the accommodations rates much higher then the available 5 stars! I would highly recommend getting the inside details from Danielle on the local wineries. Hope to return back to the Alexander Valley Lodge.

Dave Shorter

I've stayed at the Alexander Valley Lodge twice while in town for business. The first time for 3 nights and the second time for 1 night. After working all day, it's nice to come 'home' to bottles of wine, cheese, and crackers. While I was there, I also made use of the wireless internet which was super fast and I had no problems connecting through my VPN to do work. The wireless worked great outside as well...a nice view and internet access. Danielle and Scott make you feel very at home there. I've enjoyed it so much that I am taking my Dad there in two weeks and then a good friend of mine a week later.

Ginny Savage

We had a FANTASTIC time at the Alexander Valley Lodge. The lodge is clean and the hospitality is incredible. Danielle and Scott make you feel so at home you almost feel as if you live with them. We enjoyed our weekend very much and will definitely return soon.