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Safari West was in the center of October's Tubbs Fire but, after miraculously escaping damage, the wildlife sanctuary is now ready to host holiday parties for businesses looking to treat employees to a one-of-a-kind experience. Groups can go on safari, have buffet-style lunch or dinner, or get up close and personal with one of the African animals that reside here. More details on their website (Courtesy photo).
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Safari West holiday parties can get pretty wild. (Photo by John Burgess)
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Sonoma Cider Taproom in Healdsburg offers a large warehouse space for groups of up to 225 people. With a stage, giant jenga, pinpong, foosball, and skeeball, the event space is ideal for holiday parties for families, or adults looking to have some kid-size fun. Details about private events on their website (Courtesy photo).
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Negri's Italian Dinners & Joe's Bar in Occidental has been run by the same family since 1943. Classic Italian dinners, pasta buffet (complete with their famous minestrone soup) and hand-crafted cocktails in a private banquet room will have party guests leaving full and happy. Learn more on their website (Image from Instagram).
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Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Alexander Valley can be rented out for parties of 4 to 200. Authentic Italian dinner is served at their Rustic restaurant, or dine in one of their barrel rooms for a true wine country experience. More details on their website (Courtesy photo).
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Kin Restaurant in Windsor is the place to go if you love craft beer, wood-fired oven pizza and comfort food. They have a separate room for events with a private bar and a dining room that can be rented out for holiday parties and dinners. Learn more online (Courtesy photo).
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101 North Brewing Company in Petaluma is renting out their entire brewery for holiday parties during the weekdays. Party with the team who created Heroine IPA, Naughty Aud Imperial Stout and Golden Naked Ale. They also do smaller events with tours of the brewery and craft beer tastings. Details on their Facebook page (Courtesy photo).
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Boathouse Eatery in Graton Casino in Rohnert Park is an Asian restaurant with a private room that can host up to 50 guests. Share sushi rolls or Korean short ribs with your employees for a fun dinner party. Get more information online (Courtesy photo).
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Martin Ray Winery in Russian River Valley has multiple experiences for holiday parties. The bocce court is available for 4-20 people with bottle service and outdoor fun (provided the weather plays nice). For a larger event, you can rent out the Twin Fir Room for dinner, dancing and more. More information can be found online (Courtesy photo).
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The Martin Ray Winery chickens may even join in on the party. (Courtesy photo).
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Mary’s Pizza Shack is the place to call if you are hosting a family-friendly holiday party. Each of the ten Sonoma County Mary’s Pizza Shacks (from Cloverdale to Petaluma) has a private room to enjoy pitchers of craft beer, salads and pizza. Don’t forget the pesto sticks! Learn more online (Courtesy photo).
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Relish Culinary Adventures in Healdsburg hosts private cooking classes for a more hands-on holiday party. Guests can make their own four-course lunch or dinner, create appetizers for a party, or take part in a private demonstration cooking class where everyone can sit back and be entertained by a local chef preparing and serving the meal. Details can be found online (Image Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat).
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Trione Winery in Geyserville hosts events in their historic Old Stone Building right next door to their tasting room. The venue features wooden beams, rustic stone walls, great acoustics and an outdoor bocce court with large lawn for outdoor events. Learn more about this venue on their website (Courtesy photo).
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The Spinster Sisters in the SOFA area of Santa Rosa has a communal table for more intimate holiday parties or a family meal. Reserve your table at the bohemian restaurant for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner celebration (they also serve brunch on the weekends). Details via their website (Photo by Alvin Jornada).
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Hopmonk Tavern in Sonoma and Sebastopol can host up to 200 guests on their outdoor patios. During winter months, the patio is covered and heated, so guests do not have to worry about rain or cold weather ruining any plans. Parties can also have access to the outdoor stage for live music and dancing. Learn more on their website (Courtesy photo).
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Suite D in Sonoma is a multipurpose, urban-industrial event space from Sondra Bernstein of the girl & the fig restaurant in Sonoma and the fig cafe in Glen Ellen. Rent out the space for a sit-down dinner, or drinks and dancing. Details on their website (Courtesy photo).
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Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa can host dinner parties from the chef’s table next to their open kitchen, with wood-fired grill, or in a private room upstairs. The menu incorporates flavors from Asia, the American South, the East Coast, Jewish comfort food favorites, and a wide variety of fresh seafood, so there is something for everyone on your guest list. Get more info online (Photo by Heather Irwin).
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