Concierge – Mad Robin Ball 2024

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Transportation and Accommodations

Transportation.  If flying in, airports in the Bay Area you may want to consider include Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. The Mad Robin committee has obtained a code for a modest discount on Alaska Airlines, valid for all of these airports. Information on this discount code is given on the confirmation page that appears once you submit your online registration form.  If you register by mail or lose the link, contact us here for the info.

Accommodations.  The Mad Robin committee is pleased to offer discounted rates at one of the most attractive and inexpensive motels in the Petaluma area: the Quality Inn of Petaluma-Sonoma at 5100 Montero Way. It’s in a very pleasant suburban setting only 11 minutes from the Hermann Sons Hall, and offers:

  • a variety of spacious rooms and beds from which to choose
  • flexible check-in and check-out dates
  • full hot and cold breakfast included
  • free Wi-Fi, fitness center, full-size swimming pool
  • free cancellation if necessary

A link to make your discounted reservation online will appear on the confirmation page that appears once you submit your online registration form.  If you register by mail or lose the link, contact us here for the link. You can change the default check-in and check-out dates, and choose your type of room. The prices shown reflect the discount. To extend your stay beyond the default dates or for questions, call the front desk at (707) 664-1155 and press 2 for the “front desk” (do not press 1 for “reservations”– you’ll be sent to Arizona!).

NOTE: the Ball is on the same weekend as the Sonoma State University commencement, and many lodgings are already sold out!  The Inn is holding our rooms until April 17, at which time they will be released to the public and the discount will become unavailable. Be sure to book your room as soon as you can.

Things to Do and See

The Mad Robin Ball Weekend will be held (mostly) in the small town of Petaluma set in the verdant Sonoma County countryside. Mid-May is one of our favorite times of year, shortly after the winter rains have ended, when hillsides remain a lush green and wildflowers are blooming.  Dancers traveling from near and distant lands are encouraged to take advantage of the extended schedule to explore the surrounding area on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Russian River

Below are some ideas for places to visit and things to do outside of dancing.  For those who register, we will provide more details to guide you as well as opportunities to sign up for organized activities with other dancers.

Sonoma and Marin Counties

Farm to Table Tastings and Tours

Marin County Coast 
McEvoy Olive Ranch 
Joe Mattos Cheese 
Oyster Farm Tours
Achadinha Cheese
The Epicurean Connection 
Marin French Cheese Company

Winery tours and tastings 

Wine tour by commercial tour outfit
Sonoma Wine Rides

Self-guided wine tours:  
Three Stix  
Merry Edwards  
Iron Horse Sparkling Wines

Wine with Gardens 
Lynmar Winery 
Kendall Jackson 

Get out in nature


Point Reyes

Hike led by Tom Colton at Point Reyes or the Sonoma Coast (details provided to registered dancers)

Self-guided hikes:
Coast hikes
Pole Mountain
Armstrong Redwoods – near the Russian River, beats the crowded Muir Woods
Sonoma Overlook Trail 
San Francisco Presidio 
Bodega Marine Laboratory   – Friday afternoon lab tours


Kayak day paddle on Tomales Bay led by Tom Colton (details provided to registered dancers)


Bicycling Sonoma County

Or, just relax!


Art – Over 100 galleries and museums

Sonoma County

Florence Avenue Sculptures

Charles Shultz Museum Santa Rosa
Public Art Installations

San Francisco:

De Young/ Legion of Honor 
California Academy of Sciences
Asian Art Museum
Top 50 list   

South Bay (Palo Alto)

On Stanford Campus 
Anderson Collection Contemporary Art Museum 
Cantor Art Center – don’t miss the Richard Serra and Rodin sculpture gardens

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Ridge Vineyards  winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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