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Cozy North Bay inn or restaurant bar open on Christmas day

pane Dec 23, 2010 09:56 AM

For the past few years we've gone to the bar/lounge at Murray Circle early on Christmas afternoon for a bite and a drink after a morning hike. I'm interested in trying something new this year, and can travel further north, into Sonoma or Napa counties (but probably limited to a 1-1.5 hour trip from San Francisco).

I see that the very big places are open, like Meadowood, but I'm not sure if that's exactly the ticket. The ideal solution is cozy and unpretentious, will not require any kind of pre-planning or reservation, serves both food and cocktails, and dream of dreams--has a fireplace. m

Opentable's not of great help explaining atmosphere, and we're not looking for a reservation--any ideas?

Thank you!

Murray Circle
601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965

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    Sharuf RE: pane Dec 23, 2010 11:01 AM

    Check out the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach. The Olde English Pub atmosphere would be lovely for Christmas Dining.

    Ooops! I see they are closed Christmas Day. But they seem to be putting on the holiday spirit around then.

    Pelican Inn
    10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA 94965

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      pane RE: Sharuf Dec 23, 2010 03:19 PM

      Thank you! We actually tried Pelican Inn a few years ago, and discovered that it's closed that day. I've had it on my list for a non-xmas visit, but haven't made it yet.

      Pelican Inn
      10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA 94965

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      celeryroot RE: pane Dec 23, 2010 02:49 PM

      I think Spoonbar in Healdsburg is open

      1. Melanie Wong RE: pane Dec 23, 2010 07:08 PM

        This piece in the PD for places open on Christmas confirms that Spoonbar, recco by celeryroot, is open. It's quite contemporary and spare rather than cozy, but you can drop in and order a little or a lot.

        I would suggest dropping into Madrona Manor, have a look around the grounds and the Dickens decor, and see if there's a comfy spot where nonregistered guests can sit and have a drink by the fire. If not, then head to the plaza in town. You can check out Spoonbar and the bar at the Hotel Healdsburg is probably open too. Iirc, it has a fireplace.

        Hotel Healdsburg
        25 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA

        Madrona Manor
        1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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          celeryroot RE: Melanie Wong Dec 24, 2010 05:03 AM

          Madrona Manor is beautiful this time of year.......I think they extended Christmas Day Dickens dinners this year for the 25th at 1. They have a very tiny bar set up and it is possible to have a drink and listen to the incredibly talented singers. You do not have to be registered to eat or drink there . The trees are decorated and it is really worthwhile stopping in. I think they are sold out and not taking reservations anymore. Just act like you belong and want to have a drink before sitting down for dinner.

          Madrona Manor
          1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Dec 22, 2013 11:34 AM

            Yesterday I dropped into Madrona Manor at 5:30p after a weary day of shopping. This was probably my first time back in a decade. The outside and within were decorated to the hilt for Christmas. The interior was jam-packed with tables and chairs for an overflow crowd for dinner, even a table set up in the hotel's registration foyer. I asked if there might be a lounge for a holiday drink and was escorted to the back patio area turned into a cocktail lounge that was walled in and outfitted with overhead and space heaters, oriental rugs, a small Christmas tree, lots of sparkly lights, and these incredible wreaths made of peacock feathers. The occasional gust of cold wind penetrated the tent canopy walls, but the area was super-heated and the patrons in sleeveless holiday attire looked comfortable.

            While the list of holiday drinks includes a hot toddy, I was more intrigued by the offering of Barrel aged egg nog featuring cognac, Goslings rum, and Makers Mark, $14. The nog was started in October and aged for 12 weeks. The blend of flavors, smooth spirits, and luscious richness made this drink truly sublime.

            The staff were solicitous at every turn, reminding me of the high level of service I'd received here in the past. I wished I'd arrived earlier in the day when the staff weren't so rushed getting ready to serve a full house in order to take a little more time looking around. This goes onto my holiday list for next year.

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              Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong Dec 25, 2013 12:30 AM

              The recipe for the barrel aged egg nog was published in the Press Democrat.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: pane Dec 28, 2010 06:06 PM

            And the winner is . . . ?

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              pane RE: Melanie Wong Dec 28, 2010 08:49 PM

              The pouring rain! And nowhere.

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                Melanie Wong RE: pane Dec 28, 2010 08:59 PM

                Oh no! You should get a do-over.

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