Here’s a wonderful post by my friend Stephanie on a unique holiday related adventure – chopping down your own Christmas tree in Petaluma, a stop at a bee farm and then lunch at Della Fattoria! Sounds like they had a very special day. The kind of day we love.
Stacie and I are big fans of Della Fattoria and have eaten there before on a summer adventure we took the kids on last year. We also recently attended one of the ranch dinners that they hold over the summer. It not a kid-friendly event but a fantastic idea for a grown-up date or dinner with a group of friends. They provide the food (all AMAZING) and you bring your own booze.
From their website, describing these dinners: “Dinner is served family style on our handmade 25 foot Tamarack table under the wedding oak. We offer local cheeses, Della breads, artisanal salumi, nuts and fruit to start. For the main event we bring out big platters of seasonal salads, roasted, grilled and stuffed veggies and pizzas served with grilled meats from our outdoor flat top wood-fired BBQ. To finish we serve coffee and seasonal fruit desserts made by our pastry crew at our downtown cafe.”
It’s the stuff you read about in travel books set in Southern France and Italy – long dinner tables set up outside under trees and family style food that keeps coming and the wine that keeps getting poured. An absolute must-do and for me a dream come true!
Our Christmas Tree Adventure in Petaluma by Stephanie O’Brien
Having been out the night before I was looking forward to a big, hearty farm to table lunch at Della Fattoria. But first things first. We arrived at Little Hills Christmas Tree Farm, only a few minutes outside of town but a world away, just in time to beat the line for Santa. He was sitting there in all his glory in the barn with the sounds of animals in the background ready for the kids. Too perfect! After that, we headed out into the beautiful groves of Monterey Pine armed with a small saw and sleigh, both provided by the farm. My kids were like, well… kids in a candy store. “This tree, mommy… no, this tree… no, this one!” Sugar free and all! After an hour of searching for the perfect tree (and trying to get that ever elusive Christmas photo) we were ready to cut it down. THIS, was really a thrill. My son was already bragging about how he did it “all by himself”.