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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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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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Car Camping at Harbin Hot Springs

Car Camping at Harbin Hot Springs

Recently I decided to pay a visit to Harbin Hot Springs just outside Middletown in Lake County. This beautiful property was almost lost to The Valley Fire of 2015.  With an estimated half-million Harbin trees burned, it has been a priority for Harbin to protect and ensure the long-term safety and health of land, groundwater, and wildlife. Since I had not visited during the properties heyday, I was able to enjoy the property without comparing it to years past. This particular trip also marked…

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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 🙂

Geyserville History Museum

Geyserville History Museum

Are you a small town history buff? if so do not pass up a visit to the newly opened Geyserville History Museum. Owned by town historian and defect mayor 80 year old Harry Bosworth with his daughter Gretchen you will find lots of amazing memorabilia and historical artifacts housed inside this 1902 building in the center of Geyserville. Enter through the charming Bosworth Store and check out the large array of hats for sale. Open 11AM to 7PM Thursday through…

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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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