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Discount deals for locals

Friday, July 15th, 2011 | Posted by

A few super-savvy Sonoma Valley merchants, wineries, and restaurants court local business by offering special discounts to residents.

To qualify as a true local deal, it must be availabale only to locals of Sonoma Valley or a specific community within the Valley. So far we’ve discovered six deals that meet these standards and we’re listing them below.

If you know of other local deals,  please leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list. Thanks for taking the time to let us know.

  • The Fairmont Mission Inn’s Good Neighbor membership program is available only to residents of Sonoma Valley; it’s free to join and offers a substantial 20% discount on any food and non-alcoholic beverages at The Big 3 and the Spa Dining café.  The program also includes a complimentary dessert on your birthday, a complimentary 11th main course for every ten courses you purchase, $10 “commuter” breakfasts from 7-8:30 a.m., and $18 dinner specials from 4-6:30 p.m. (soup or organic mixed green salad, an entrée, and a glass of wine). Sign up at The Big 3 or in the Spa. 100 Boyles Boulevard, Sonoma.
  • Bartholomew Winery offers complimentary tastings to locals and up to four of their guests (locals are defined as residents of the City of Sonoma and the Boyes/Agua Caliente corridor up through and including Glen Ellen). Beginning in August, Bartholomew will have occasional “locals’ days” at the winery, offering special deals and discounts (details available soon). 1000 Vineyard Lane, Sonoma
  • Sheana Davis of the Epicurean Connection at 18812 Sonoma Highway “C” offers two special unadvertised deals for locals:

1. The Local Lunch consists of a sandwich with soup or salad for $9.95 (for non-locals the price is $11.90). Two recent lunches were Willie Bird Turkey & Arugula Pesto Sandwich served with Watermelon Gazpacho, and Pepper Salami with Vella Toma Sandwich served with Heirloom White Bean & Basil Soup. The Local Lunch isn’t on the menu, so mention the words “local lunch.”
2. Local non-profits purchase cheese plates and catering at a 25% discount on the invoice.

  • The Himalayan Bazaar sells artisan crafts, clothing, jewelry and accessories from Nepal, Tibet, and India. The store gives a 10-15% unadvertised discount to residents of Sonoma Valley. 414 1st Street East, Sonoma.
  • South American Secrets, which sells clothing for women and men, jewelry, and gift items, offers a 10% unadvertised discount to City of Sonoma residents. 5 East Napa Street, Sonoma.
  • Since early June the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art has been offering free admission to the museum each Wednesday. According to Marketing and Events Manager Lance Walker, the new free admission day is for the benefit of local residents. As always, children and students K-12 always enter free. 551 Broadway, Sonoma.

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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