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With the recent fires in the North Bay, we’ve never been more proud to be part of a community that is showing so much compassion. Word from our northern neighbors is that one of the very best ways to help is to get ourselves up to Wine Country and frequent the locally owned restaurants.

Upcoming events & Some of Arrive Marin’s favorite Wine Country Spots

ChefsGiving Week: From November 13-19, more than 100 restaurants in the Bay Area and across the country will donate to support North Bay fire relief efforts. You can see the still growing list of participating restaurants here.

Valette Healdsburg This chic spot is owned by two brothers with an incredible passion for local farmers and winemakers. Valette is one of the many generous participants in ChefsGiving Week.  The Caramelized Butternut Squash Pasta with 18-month prosciutto, house made ricotta and brown butter & sage jus is pure perfection.

Mustache Baked Goods Do yourself a favor and add this darling bakery (chefs pictured above) to your must-visit list. Their cupcakes are inventive and oh-so-tasty. We are crazy for The Outlaw: a caramel filled chocolate cupcake with sea salt.

Boon Fly Cafe Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Boon Fly Cafe in Napa serves up modern rustic cuisine in a contemporary roadhouse atmosphere. Do not miss their signature Boon Fly donuts which we find especially delightful alongside a foamy latte.

Fremont Diner  Favorite menu items like Bucket of Biscuits and Nashville Chicken & Waffles have a cult-like following. Did we mention the small batch brewery selections and the heavenly chocolate chip cookies?  This place had us at Hello.

Glen Ellen Star  This little gem of a place is about as cozy as they come. Book a quiet table for date night or saddle up to the bar which overlooks the open kitchen. Check their website for Neighborhood Nights for an exclusive 2-course dinner for $35.

The Spinster Sisters  Inventive comfort food is on the menu at this Santa Rosa Bohemian bistro. There are so many delicious menu items that we like to order small plates so we can try them all! Sweet and Spicy Pepper Bombs with goat cheese are a real standout.

Diavola Pizzeria This Geyserville favorite is not to be missed. Not only are their wood-burning oven pizzas incredible, but their house cured salumi and artisanal pasta dishes are spectacular. Go hungry for the Spaghettini with Pork Cheek Ragu.

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The Russian Grand Ballet is bringing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. This full-length classical production marks the first time the Russian Grand Ballet has ever performed in Marin County. Steeped in history and led by award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars and is part of their 2017 US Tour.

Date: Thursday, November 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: $62, $42, $25 and can be purchased here

For dinner near the theater we recommend an early seating at Le Comptoir (don’t miss their delicious rotisserie chicken and pomme frites). For great drinks and appetizers, sit on the deck at Terrapin Crossroads (we love the Sriracha deviled eggs and the asparagus and brie toast).

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Although it’s still quite warm here in Marin, Fall is upon us and that means time for a trip with the kids to a pumpkin patch.  Here is Arrive Marin’s guide to the best local spots to find the perfect pumpkin until the end of October!

Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch
5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio
Open Daily 10 am – 6 pm

Definitely one of our favorites! Offering certified organic pumpkins, hay rides, farm animals, pony rides and bounce houses you can make a full day of this excurion. There is also a farm stand, Big Jim’s award-winning BBQ and ice cream to be had. Tim Cain will be at the farm every Sunday from 11 am – noon performing every kid’s favorite songs.

McClelland’s Dairy Farm Pumpkin Patch
6475 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma
Open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am-9:30 pm and Sundays, 10 am-6 pm

This is a really special family-run farm where nature is priority and cows and chickens thrive. In addition to finding a great pumpkin on their three-acre farm, we highly recommend picking up some of their incredible European-style organic artisan butter. The farm invites guests to pet their farm animals and to watch cows being milked in the parlor. As if this all weren’t enough, there is also a hay maze, a haunted house, hay rides, bounce houses and a pumpkin blaster (we’re not making this up!).

Santa Rosa Pumpkin Patch
5157 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 am-7 pm, Friday & Saturday, 9 am-10 pm and Sunday, 9 am-8:30 pm

All you really need to know about this Bay Area treasure is that there is an incredible 8-acre corn maze (with both a long and a short route). The pumpkin patch offers 10 acres of pumpkins with 45 different varieties to choose from.  There is also a petting zoo, face painting, hay rides and pony rides (on weekends only).

Great Peter Pumpkin Patch at Spring Hill Jersey Farm
4235 Spring Hill Rd, Petaluma
Open every day, 9 am–dusk

We’re just going to get straight to the point on this one: don’t miss their pumpkin ice cream! This really special family-run farm takes their pumpkin patch seriously and they pull out all the stops. Kids can dig their own potatoes, milk a cow, enjoy for a hay ride, pet baby animals and pick out the perfect pumpkin while parents listen to live music and enjoy free cheese tasting!

Tolay Fall Festival
Tolay Lake Regional Park, Petaluma
Two weekends: October 14-15 and 21-22, 11 am-5 pm

This annual festival is super fun and a great family excursion.  In addition to pumpkin selecting and hay rides, you can explore the “Nighttime Creatures Barn” and the “Creepy Crawly Room”. Activities include wool-carding, candle-dipping, gunnysack races and a straw maze. But to be honest, we just can’t wait to enter the World Record Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest! Festival admission is $5 ($3 for ages 12 and under) and parking is $7 per car.


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