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Willow Wood Market – Graton

Willow Wood Market – Graton

The little town of Graton is just a dot on the Sonoma County map, but it boasts one of our favorite spots to stop for lunch when we are headed out to the coast: Willow Wood Market. We almost always order off the specials menu when we go, and recently the fish stew was a knockout favorite. If they have it on the menu….definitely order it!Here is what the Michelin Guide had to say about Willow Wood Market: “Good, down-home…

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Need a Local Concierge?

Need a Local Concierge?

Sometimes you just need a little more help planning your visit to Sonoma County, and especially the Sonoma Coast. We are pleased to recommend Sonoma Concierge, who can provide everything from airport transfers to customized tours focused on Wine and Cheese, Beer and Oysters, and even a Bodega Bay Beach and Hitchcocks’s “The Birds” tour. Let these experts give you the true lay of the land, and tell them the folks at Locals Travel Tips sent you to receive a…

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The Crazy Norwegian Fish and Chips

The Crazy Norwegian Fish and Chips

If you ever find yourself heading up up the coast on Hwy 101 toward Portland make absolutely sure to stop for lunch in Port Orford, Oregon at The Crazy Norwegian Fish and Chips restaurant. I stumbled on this completely by chance but WOW I am glad I stopped. I am very very picky about my fish and chips. The batter needs to be perfectly light and crisp, and the chips need to be just the right consistency too. Then there…

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OMG this Ramen Rocks!

OMG this Ramen Rocks!

If you are a ramen aficionado then do not miss this sot. Ramen Gaijin in Sebastopol is the real deal. This spot brings together authentic Japanese ramen recipes and techniques with super fresh local ingredients for a distinctly Sonoma County style Izakaya experience. While the ramen itself is crazy good….you can also make a meal of the various skewers and yakitori. We strongly recommend sitting at the bar if you can. The smells from the kitchen are hypnotizing. http://www.ramengajin.com

Meat, Meat and More Meat

Meat, Meat and More Meat

Do you love Salumi? If so you will really enjoy this gorgeous shrine to meat of all kinds. Opened about a year ago….Journeyman Meat Company, owned by Pete and Kathy Seghesio, Healdsburg locals, is a combination butcher shop, salumi counter and wine tasting bar. Ask for the Sicilian style Terrona which is imbued with Parmesan…..it cannot be beat. Or order one of their wonderful hamburgers..and learn what a hamburger should really taste like! If you find yourself in Geyserville you…

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Really Good Fish Tacos

Really Good Fish Tacos

Do you love fish tacos? There are lots of good spots to get them around Sonoma County but one of our favorite is at Handline in Sebastopol. Made from locally sourced rockfish and fried in a very light beer batter with all the right accoutrements. What really sets these tacos apart however is the fact that the all important tortillas are made in house from scratch! Go check this spot out….you will taste the difference. There are plenty of other…

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Best Green Matcha Latte

Best Green Matcha Latte

Feeling like a coffee break? If you are in Healdsburg then be sure to visit Plank Coffee. This place not only has a great vibe, friendly owners and baristas but also make excellent food. Try the Greens Sandwich and pair it with a Matcha Latte. It’s the perfect afternoon pick me up. Slightly off the touristy Healdsburg Plaza but well worth a little detour we think. This great coffee shop also has a Cloverdale location with sweet little outdoor tables…

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The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Sometimes a local spot is so great that the locals you talk to mostly ask you not tell too many people about it. They want to keep it as their own little secret. That said….we still want to share this one with you because it is a truly friendly watering hole owned by  Healdsburg’s own KC Mosso. If you want to listen to some of the best live music lineup around, then The Elephant in the Room is for you….

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Oyster Shucking

Oyster Shucking

Tomales Bay resides just South of Sonoma County’s coastal border. There, the summertime crowds line up in undulating throngs along its Eastern bank. They gather in the deep fog that forms between the Petaluma hills and the Point Reyes dairy farms and stay to be blistered in the noon day 90 degree temperatures which spill over the hilly spines of the long Sonoma and Petaluma valleys, drawn by the great heat suck of the Pacific Ocean. There isn’t a winery…

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Single Restaurant Decision – will it be Thread or Tree??

Single Restaurant Decision – will it be Thread or Tree??

There are two distinct restaurants in Healdsburg beginning with the word “Single.” They could not be at farther ends of the spectrum in style and in price. Singletree Café is a longtime Healdsburg breakfast and lunch destination. Their scrambles and early bird $2.99 breakfast special are legendary among locals. Food is fresh and borders on gourmet for a diner. Go there anytime and you will see someone you know. It is definitely a locals destination with an endless coffee cup…

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