Wine Country Personality - Gayle Oberti Jenkins

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DSC_0357.jpgTo begin with, I'd like to introduce myself as a proud resident and entrepreneur in Sonoma. I am passionate about the beauty of the area, the kindness of the people, and the exquisite elements produced in Sonoma that make the quality of life here so wonderful. I bring that passion into the businesses I have created: Les Petites Maisons, and the adjoining store, Sonoma's Best. Both of these ventures have been labors of love, and I emphasize both of those words!

When my husband and I purchased the properties, they were in a serious state of disrepair, but we saw huge potential. The store was a time-worn building built in 1913 that had operated for decades as the Von Sydow Deli. Both the store and the 4 cottages required extensive work, and we spent four years restoring them and creating a place of beauty, tranquility, and taste. 
bedroom.jpgIn February 2007, the cottages were selected by Sunset magazine as one of the top 10 most romantic getaways in the West, including Hawaii, and there's good reason why. Each cottage has a living room, bedroom and fully-equipped kitchen with every appliance necessary to enjoy creating delicacies with fresh local products -- your own gourmet experience at your fingertips. Each cottage sits behind its own Provence wall, has its own BBQ grill, chimeneas, 2 bicycles and shares the use of a lovely garden with a fountain and rose beds. And all of the cottages sit behind an electric gate, providing guests with total privacy and security.

storefront8.jpgThe old-fashioned landmark store, Sonoma's Best, which sits in the front of the cottage retreat property, offers food products for which the County of Sonoma is famous - artisanal cheeses, salads and soups, tamales, charcuterie, pastries and ice cream - along with exquisite Blue Bottle Coffee.

Much of my life experience has afforded me the opportunity to fine-tune my sense of quality and taste, translating that and hard work into successful businesses. After graduating from Santa Clara University with a degree in Fine Art, I joined Transamerica Airlines as a flight attendant and flew to just about every exotic spot on earth, from Tahiti to Tehran and Jedda to Jakarta. I then spent several years designing and marketing women's outer wear before starting Rugamuffin, a unique handmade rug company. I bring my entrepreneurial spirit, along with a dedication to quality and refinement to both Les Petites Maisons and Sonoma's Best.
    
gardens.jpgOf all the places I have visited in the world, none has captured my heart like Sonoma. Yep, we're here to stay. Please come visit us; you won't be disappointed!


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