Briggs receives national acclaim in magazine

Local influencer Shaunie Briggs receives local praise and national acclaim in magazine article.

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Local influencer Shaunie Briggs received local praise for Winters plein air event and national acclaim for the Briggs family’s sustainable and permaculture focused ‘slow-living paradise,’ recently featured in the quarterly magazine Mother Earth Living, Natural Home Healthy Life. The article highlights the Briggs property as a rejuvenating base serving many functions. The feature showcases the Briggs family’s verdant 1.5 acre property as a “lead by example” familial effort in sustainable, practical and healthy living, as well as painting the whole personal picture of how that perspective came into focus and flourished into their current lifestyle. The Briggs farmhouse, built in 1910, stands on Railroad Avenue and is the family’s year round residence. For guests they offer “The Bunkhouse,” which has sleeping accommodations for up to four guests with lounging and bathing areas. It is a tranquil place strewn with multiple teeming gardens, a barn, napping couches and an expansive gallery. The gallery is located in an auxiliary space that couples the offer of a comfortable overnight stay with a large, venue for cooking lessons, retreats and such celebrations as: weddings, baby showers, family reunions and birthdays. Brigg’s hospitality extends to out-of-town guests as well as community members. Guests and friends are invited to immerse themselves in hands-on permaculture for a true farm-to-fork experience. “Shiney-Shaunie” undertakes many other roles in Winters, but the article in Mother Earth Living highlights her position as a community advocate, a wellness researcher and an artful living hostess. In 2013 Briggs first offered her home and healthy perspective to Airbnb guests and friends. She has since been awarded the distinction of “Superhost.” According to the Airbnb website, “Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.” All 102 reviewers each gave their stay with the Briggs’ the highest rating they could, five stars across the board and in all categories. “The heart and soul of the Shaunie’s home comes from the relationships created by the people who live in and visit the space. Whether it’s local farmers dropping off seasonal produce, artists painting the gardens or Shaunie’s grandchildren learning how to bake, the community brings an overall sense of peaceful joy that leaves one wondering why the whole world can’t be like this.” wrote Hannah Kincaid in Natural Home Healthy Living. Further accolades are in order as this month marked Briggs’ 13th year organizing and promoting the successful plein air event. At Shaunie’s invitation, approximately 20 artists came to Winters to try and capture the town’s bright charm and shaded comfort. This year the theme of the outdoor easel event was “painting our future history.” Over 70 paintings are now on exhibit, some still available for purchase, at the Winters Museum, located at 13 Russell Ave. The future historically accurate paintings are inspired by current local locations, such as Hooby’s Brewery, the vistas of the recently re-engineered Putah Creek as well as the unmistakable Winters Water Tower and distinct Buckhorn building. Of each sale, 40 percent is donated to the Historical Society of Winters. These funds will further the society’s goal to find a permanent home for the Winters Museum. For more information about the short-term rental property, contact Briggs at www.shauniebriggs.com]]>

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