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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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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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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

Olives and the Specter of Experience

Olives and the Specter of Experience

As one passes the General Store and heads north along Dry Creek road toward Lake Sonoma grape vines carpet the valley floor and terrace the hills. Our climate which is so synonymous to the Mediterranean allows them to flourish and proliferate there. The richness of the soil, the long summer angles of the sun, the cool breath from passing creeks, these things flavor the grapes and sturdy the vines. Grapes have won the race to dominate the crop market and…

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Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga

Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga

Many years ago I lived in Calistoga for a short time and I always admired the Indian Springs Resort. It is a historic property and was definitely in need of some TLC. A few years ago the property was renovated and many new accommodations were added along with a restaurant. In January we decided to stay there to celebrate my partner’s birthday. While the property is amazing and luxurious it lacks the pretention found at many of the other high…

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Airstream Camping at Autocamp

Airstream Camping at Autocamp

So I’m not really a camper. But this is a whole different kind of camping. Airstreams have always fascinated me. They have a long history, dating back to 1929 when the Bowlus company first built the now familiar sausage shaped, silver aluminum Airstream trailer. The very first one was called the Clipper and was named after the first trans-Atlantic seaplane. Here is a link that will give you lots of fun facts about these iconic modes of transportation. If you…

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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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Wine Enthusiast Magazine Acknowledges Sonoma County Restaurants

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Acknowledges Sonoma County Restaurants

Congratulations to local favorites Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa and Spoonbar in Healdsburg for their inclusion in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants! The magazine’s editors focused on eateries combining delicious and creative cuisine with  unique and interesting wine programs. http://www.winemag.com/2014-100-Best-Restaurants-in-America/The-Spinster-Sisters http://www.winemag.com/2014-100-Best-Restaurants-in-America/Spoonbar