Preserve Hike & Tour of M.F.K. Fisher’s Last House

June 18, 2024
- 9:45 am
to 12:00 pm

Click here to register. If your group is 6 or more people, please email [email protected] to schedule a private tour.

“The sunset was strictly Maxfield Parrish. Thanks to the smatter of rain last week, there’s the sound of many frogs… Always amazing to me…” – letter to Norah Barr, 1973

Picture M.F.K. Fisher writing this note from her desk in the modest home she lived in located on the 500-acre Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County.

Enjoy a guided walk on the preserve and take in the Bay Area vistas, then walk down to Fisher’s house and see and learn about where she lived and worked.

Hike details: A 45-minute to 1-hour docent-led walk featuring the Woodland Trail; approximately 1.5 miles in oak savannah. Guests will be traversing uneven trail terrain with a 500 ft. elevation change. Learn about the flora and fauna on the Bouverie Preserve and soak in the views that Fisher enjoyed during her time living here. Please wear appropriate shoes and dress in layers.

Tour details: Fisher treasured her two-room ‘palazzino,’ which features a simple design, her signature Chinese red walls, built-in bookcases, which held approximately 6,000 books and arched porches that look west to Sonoma Mountain and east to the preserve protected by Audubon Canyon Ranch.

It was here that she wrote 13 books during 21 years of residence and where she welcomed friends such as Julia Child, James Beard, and Maya Angelou for conversations around her table.

Since 2016, ACR has been restoring Last House to capture the spirit and the flavor of her life on the preserve and as an exclusive destination honoring her love of food, wine, literature, and nature. Complementing the renovation are paintings, furnishings, and memorabilia donated back to the house by family and friends.

Suggested donation: $20 per person / $15 ACR Members, no one turned away. Donations of any amount will benefit Audubon Canyon Ranch’s programs and the continuing restoration and maintenance of Last House.

Photo: Barry Schwartz

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