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                             RUSSIAN RIVER INN’S APPLEWOOD INN

Applewood Inn Bed & Breakfast is a luxurious Mediterranean-style inn just over a mile from
Armstrong State Redwood Reserve in Sonoma County's acclaimed wine region, the Russian
River Valley. Set on six acres that include towering redwoods, hillside meadows, a kitchen
garden and 80 year-old orchards, the inn's name is derived from the fact that, prior to its
conversion to an inn, the property was a working apple ranch. Today more than 100 heirloom
fruit trees supply the restaurant kitchen. This bounty ends up as jams and preserves in the inn's
gift shop. The Applewood experience is both traditional and contemporary, providing an
intimate and romantic getaway where guests can pamper themselves with massage treatments
and fine dining yet stay connected to the outside world (if they choose) via free wireless internet
access, in-room phones and TVs.

The stylish decor of the inn's 19 individually designed rooms artfully blends bold color schemes
with a mix of cherished antiques, sunny wicker and custom designed furnishings from near and
far. The gardens surrounding the inn include casual beds of native California plants mingled
with more formal roses, camellias and rhododendrons.

Splashing fountains and whimsical statues are scattered over the European-style terraced gravel
parterres which step-up the hillside and lead to a pool and hot tub.

The inn's stunning surroundings provide a perfect backdrop for weddings, receptions, rehearsal
dinners, reunions, conferences, retreats and winemaker dinners. Delightful functioning space is
provided in the great room, solarium, formal dining room and library of the inn's historic
Belden House mansion. Summer events can also make use of the central courtyard and multi-
leveled terracing around the hillside swimming pool.

The Anecdote of Applewood

The abundant business opportunities in the bustling communities along the lower Russian
River of the early 1900s were not lost on a young Santa Rosa banker named Ralph (Rooster)
Belden whose lovely wife Gretchen (Pet) had grown up in Guerneville, the river's principal
settlement. The area was fast becoming the premier resort area for San Francisco families who
crossed the bay in ferries and then transferred to the old lumber trains, cleverly transformed
into comfortable passenger cars. The young couple purchased a 60-acre apple ranch just south
of the Guerneville bridge in an area called Pocket Canyon. Friends and family were aghast

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when the colorful couple hired a socially prominent San Francisco architect, John Warnecke,
and proceeded to spend the then princely sum of $25,000 to construct a home at the heart of the
ranch that was large enough and gracious enough to reflect their new elevated position in
society. The substantial California Mission Revival home was completed in 1922 and its
Mediterranean inspired salmon stucco walls and Spanish tile roofs housed Rooster, Pet and
their son John (Bunny) for the next several decades.

In the early 1980s, the home underwent extensive renovation and was turned into a luxury bed
& breakfast inn. The current owners, Jim Caron & Darryl Notter left jobs and careers in San
Francisco and purchased the inn at the end of its renovation in June of 1985. The inn was
opened for business in October of that year and since then has witnessed two major expansions,
with the addition of two additional guest villas, the Piccola Casa and Gate House, as well as a
new restaurant and wine cellar facility.

Applewood's Incomparable location

Located in western Sonoma County, the Russian River Valley is the wine country's premier
Pinot Noir growing region. The inn is also close to the other twelve wine producing
appellations of Sonoma such as the Cabernet rich Dry Creek Valley and the rugged Sonoma
Coast with its Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes. While wine-tasting may currently be the most well
known aspect of the region, outdoor recreation is also a popular draw to the Russian River
Valley. Bike tours through forests and past vineyards, canoeing and kayaking the river and
ocean inlets, art gallery browsing in quaint near-by towns and farm-trail visits are all in style
among Applewood's guests.

Dining Inside and Out

The inn's Zagat and Michelin rated restaurant offers fine dining in a casual setting. Chef Bruce
Frieseke offers-up California-Provencal cuisine inspired by the changing seasons, fresh-from-
the garden produce and all the artisan products for which Sonoma County is famous. The
restaurant is open Tuesdays through Saturdays throughout the year. An award-winning wine
list and cellar complements and enriches the dining experience.

Gourmet picnic baskets are also available from the restaurant kitchen. One of three options is
the La Provence basket that includes lemon/rosemary-grilled poussin, a Chef's selection of two
local cheeses, French lentil salad, new, red potato salad, seasonal fresh fruit and house made
pastry along with artisan bread - all packed in an attractive hamper. Two Applewood logo
crystal wine glasses may be kept as a reminder of a perfect wine country afternoon. The
innkeepers at Applewood are glad to guide guests to a picnic location at a friendly winery,
secluded beach or romantic Redwood forest.

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Getting There

The Applewood Inn is located at 13555 Highway 116, in Guerneville, California.
The inn is owned and operated by James Caron and Darryl Notter. For Applewood Inn
reservations and information, see www.applewoodinn.com or call toll-free, (800) 555-8509.

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