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Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve – Marin County

Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve – Marin County

If you’re looking for a peaceful day of hiking in the redwood forests of Marin County, check out the Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve near Larkspur. This preserve is frequented by hikers, runners, and bird watchers. The preserve is dog-friendly and accessible year round. Hiking through the preserve, you can observe lush wooded, fern-covered canyons, and pass the 30-foot Dawn Falls waterfall. Baltimore Canyon is one of the prettiest hikes in the area during winter when the trees are coated…

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The Pelican Inn and Muir Beach

The Pelican Inn and Muir Beach

If you’re looking for a beautiful spot near San Francisco to explore on a sunny day, Muir Beach is a wonderful option. The beach is popular with surfers, family picnickers, and hikers exploring the extensive trails nearby. During summertime, you will often find beachgoers using the established fire rings for barbecues and evening bonfires. If you’re looking for the perfect photo opportunity, be sure to check out Muir Beach Overlook which is only a short drive from the beach. The…

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Some useful lists from Sonoma Magazine to check out when you visit

Some useful lists from Sonoma Magazine to check out when you visit

If you’re planning a visit to Sonoma County in 2020, here are a few guides that will help you plan your trip: Best Sonoma Wineries for First-Time Visitors Best Sonoma Restaurants for First-Time Visitors 20 Favorite Hikes in Sonoma County 20 Things to Do by The Russian River The Best Hidden Gem Restaurants in Every Sonoma County Town

Big River Estuary Hike

Big River Estuary Hike

This past Thanksgiving we needed to walk off some of the great food we ate so we decided to take what turned out to be an amazing walk. I call it more of a walk because the road is mostly level, with gentle hills along the edge of Big River for the first seven miles. You’ll pass an abandoned quarry in the first mile. At 4 ½ miles, there’s a small laguna at Dry Dock Gulch where you’ll find wood…

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Taking a Hike

Taking a Hike

Sonoma County offers some of the best hikes around. Here are a couple of our local favorites: Taylor Mountain Regional Park – Panoramic views make this a great hike for those who want to see panoramic views from 1,000 feet. Open daily from 7 am until sunset. Start at 3820 Petaluma Hill Road in Santa Rosa. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park – This hike offers 25 miles located in the Mayacamas Mountains between the valleys of Napa and Sonoma. There is…

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Secret Sunset Spot

Secret Sunset Spot

We locals have a favorite spot to watch the sunset around here, and it’s magical. Wind you way up Geysers Road, just a quick turn of Route 128, until you get to the highest point in the road. You will see the Hawkeye Ranch gate and near it a beautiful old oak tree. Take a seat under the oak and watch as the sunset unfolds across the Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Wine optional 🙂

Sonoma Valley Hikes

Sonoma Valley Hikes

Check out this article in the Press Democrat highlighting Springtime winery hikes! https://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/a1/9393576-181/sonoma-valley-wineries-offer-spectacular

Lake Sonoma Camping and Hiking

Lake Sonoma Camping and Hiking

Every Sunday morning for years I would be at the “No Name Flat” trailhead at 8 o’ clock sharp (…everyone who knows me knows this means 8:10, at least) to meet up with friends and dogs for the weekly hike around the “Half a Canoe” loop.  The hike starts out at elevation with about a half mile approach until you reach the trail proper–at this point you are treated to a spectacular vista over the Warm Springs arm of Lake…

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How to Enjoy Lake Sonoma

How to Enjoy Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma was created in 1983 by the construction of the Warm Springs Dam. At capacity, the lake covers 2,700 acres and offers 50 miles of coastline. Managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, over 17,000 acres of lake and surrounding recreation area offer a wide variety of activities, including hiking, mountain bike and horseback riding, boating, camping, fishing and hunting. More than 40 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails meander around the two main arms of the…

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Armstrong Woods

Armstrong Woods

In Sonoma County after a few days of wine tasting perhaps a little quite time for reflection and relaxation is in order at Armstrong Woods. An 805 acre park located in Guerneville is a sure bet for nature lovers. From Hwy 101 take the River road/Guerneville Road exit (about 2 miles north of Santa Rosa). Follow River Road as it winds through the Russian River Appellation for about 16 miles to Guerneville and at the second stoplight in Guerneville take…

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