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Sonoma Mission Inn
Dec. 24-25, 2010

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Jen had to work her new job at Sonoma Valley Hospital on Christmas Day, so rather than send her out there alone, we decided to move Christmas to Sonoma. We packed up the presents, the stockings, and a table-top tree and settled into our room on a warm, drizzly Christmas Eve.

It was fun, but we were missing Tommy, who we had left at home in the care of neighbors. To take our minds off that, Jen and I wandered down to the grand lobby to hear the carolers and take part in a Scotch tasting. Once in, what did we see but everyone in the world with a dog on a leash. "Oh yes," the concierge explained, "in fact we were on TV last week as the Bay Area's most dog-friendly spa."

Ten minutes later, Jen and I were in the Mini, headed up Highway 12 to rescue the missing member of the family.