Soroptimist Architectural Tour & Wine Tasting

Photo courtesy Joan O'Connell and Diane Wilson

Photo courtesy Joan O’Connell and Diane Wilson

The 31st Annual Soroptimist Architectural Tour and Wine Tasting is just around the corner. Each year Soroptimist International of Mendocino – Sonoma Coast (SIMSIC) organize an architectural tour of homes from Sea Ranch and Gualala. This year, being the 50th Anniversary of Sea Ranch, the Soroptimist’s have decided to change things up a bit.

Super Moon and White Barn by Paul Kozal



Highlights of the 2015 tour, taking place Saturday, May 9th, include the historic Knipp-Stengel Barn and nine architecturally significant homes over five decades. A handsome and informative commemorative four-color booklet with photos and descriptions accompanies each ticket purchase.

This year, my house, a three-story cluster home with crows nest, is on the tour. The clusters, as they are dubbed, were commissioned by developer Oceanic Properties as modest homes for weekend stays with city dwellers in mind. The architect, MLTW/William Turnbull, designed the homes with Matt Silvia as builder, names that are synonymous with Sea Ranch.


Cluster Home at Night | Photo by Paul Kozal

Our cluster home was sited to take advantage of the verdant views into the canyon of redwood and white fir trees with peeks of the ocean from each level. If you attend the tour you will see what I’m describing when you enter the dwelling.

My husband Paul and I will be on hand to welcome you and share the features of this classic, yet timeless design located in this unique neighborhood. A defining feature of the clusters is their ‘car barns’ that house and shelter cars communally as opposed to each home having a dedicated garage.

The self-guided architectural tour is followed by a wine tasting and auction at the Gualala Arts Center that is always a crowd pleaser. Several local and regional wineries are present to share their wines. And, it’s an opportunity to add to your wine cellar with the auction that follows.

The Architectural Tour and Wine Tasting is a fundraiser for the Soroptimist’s of Mendocino – Sonoma Coast. Not only will you enjoy this event immensely but you will help to support the good work the Soroptimist’s provide year-round to improve the lives of women and girls in our local community.

For more information about this event visit www.simsic.