Pool Party Roundup

­I don’t have a pool. I do have pool envy, especially when it comes to throwing parties. Luckily, there are a few enticing wine country pool parties that are open to the hoi polloi, of which I am a gold card member. And to be clear, I’m not talking about the St. Helena community pool. These splashy soirees are at some of the best wine country venues.  

This Friday, July 24, Auberge du Soleil (pictured above) is planning it’s first of what is planned to be an annual event. This hilltop property’s picturesque pool –­ that is typically reserved only for hotel guests – will be open to party guests. Chef Robert Curry will be Q’ing up locally sourced treats served with his selection of local rose wines, tequila and micro brews. Party starts at 6 and goes to 8 p.m., $75 each. aubergedusoleil.com

Also, this week and every week this summer, Sonoma Mission Inn’s Splash Pool Party series will be happening every Thursday from 7:30–10:30 p.m. Celebrate the summer and warm summer nights poolside with a DJ, signature drink specials and more. The pool is also available with a day pass to the spa, for $89, and cabanas are available for $150. fairmont.com/sonoma/


Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

In the foodie Mecca of Foodie Country, Bardessono is hosting DiveBar, a monthly Thursday night event. This month’s will be “sun-soaked in Veuve Clicquot’s golden orange accessories,” and they will also be serving tastings of Twomey Cellars’ latest releases, 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir. The August 27th event, features “Ceja Vineyards with their summer whites, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and the “Bella Flor” Rosé. Guests can sip Moët & Chandon Imperial Ice, or mixed KAPPA Pisco cocktails, while grooving to local Latin beats.” bardessono.com

Need a pool venue for a private party? Coppola Winery park recently announced that it’s expansive pool, landscaped lawns, bocce ball and cafe will be available for private events after 6:30 p.m. through October. Capacity for the entire pool area is 300, while the pool café (a perfect spot for a cocktail party) is 125. Packages start at $4,500 and include two lifeguards, towels, access to the public changing rooms and showers for three hours, food and beverage. The pool is also open daily. Check the website for pricing information and every Friday night through the end of August there will be live music at the Pool café. francisfordcoppolawinery.com


Mimi Towle

Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.