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Rio Nido Magic by Elena Chronis

Sense of Community and Fires

Oct 25, 2017
by Elena Chronis


Although October is my all time favorite month, I am glad it is over. Hard to believe the holiday season is fast approaching with Thanksgiving/Xmas on our heals. So many things to be thankful for. During the fires, my neighborhood banded together. I am grateful for the many wonderful neighbors that I have during the evacuations and being uncertain of when and if they were to take place. I wanted to give a special thanks to: Pip Marquez De LaPlata, Steve and Patty Bailey, Donavan Smandra, Jennifer Murnin, Leeann Roxx, Vincinza Gregori, Alyssa McNamara, Robert Valdez, John Uniack and my loving husband Larry for being the calming voice of reason during this uncertain time. I feel blessed to have such a caring, kind and loving group of friends and neighbors. Blessings, hugs and kisses to all of you.

Rio Nido Lodge

The historic Rio Nido Lodge has resurrected and is under a new management team. Daytime Innkeepers are Elena Chronis (also in charge of breakfasts), Martine Widmann, and evening Innkeeper Jenn Beasley. Our Housekeeping Guru Extraordinaire is Alyssa McNamara. We have been hosting the evacuees during the fires and have immensely enjoyed helping them out with a warm place to stay with delicious meals. Stay tuned for more exciting info as our neighborhood coffee shop/marketplace will be up and running soon.

Rio Nido Roadhouse Rocks

I wanted to give a big shoutout to Brad and Raina Metzger of the Rio Nido Roadhouse during these tense and trying times with the fires. They opened their hearts and doors to everyone in our neighborhood with a warm place to hang out and digest what was happening with the fires. We were all kept informed with their satellite TV’s, our bellies full with good food and tasty beverages. It was a welcoming respite for all of us locals to congregate (It was a full house), to have conversations and feel safe. The RNR is truly a special place.

Giving Thanks

In lieu of the the massive fires we have to remember to be thankful to our first responders who fought the fires and put their lives on the line. Let’s also not forget the lives lost. It is incredible to see people coming together with so much love and generosity towards each other. To all the volunteers and good Samaritans out there who have contributed their time and generosity for all the displaced families out there. Sonoma County will re-build and will survive this tragedy.

Pet of the Month

Willie, Rio Nido Pet of the MonthWillie was severely abused when he was a puppy and ended up in a kill shelter in Arkansas. Distrustful, unfriendly and with cigarette burns on his body.  Thankfully his saving grace came four days before he was going to be put down. He was brought to RN where he has been loved for over a decade. Now in his twilight years he enjoys the perks of being a grumpy old dog. He certainly deserves it.


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