Typical Scenario: You’ve gone wine tasting two or three times already and have had a whole pallet shipped to your home, stocked up for the next two years in wine. You still have another day or two and have exhausted your taste palette and your teeth have an ever so slight red tint. These are the signs of reaching maximum wine tasting capabilities. Now it is time to do some moving, walking, sightseeing or even just switching alcohol preference. Here are some ideas for the adventures in store on your off-time of wine tasting.
- If it is your first time to Sonoma County, you should definitely take a drive through Guerneville and stop at the Armstrong Woods Redwood National Forrest— a place of serenity among the overwhelmingly large and majestic trees. You will feel a sense of wonderment and humbleness. You’ll find all types of hiking paths, a redwood walk through history and a family friendly campground.
- Bodega Bay. Beat the heat and take the drive through the windy roads along the great Pacific Ocean and feel the cool winds through your hair. If but nothing else, the drive in itself makes a perfect getaway. If you feel like stopping off to stretch your legs you can find places like Goat Rock to muse over the crashing waves. If you feel a bit hungry, Hog Island is the local spot for oysters and fare. You can even opt to shuck your own oysters! Then stop by the ol’ Salt Water Taffy shack Patrick’s – you can’t miss it sporting pink candy stripes.
- What about a hike? Beside Armstrong Woods there are plenty of other breathtaking hikes. Fitch Mountain offers shade under its heavily branch covered ceilings all the way to top where you can see views of Healdsburg. Careful, though, it gets steep! For a mild hike, trek Lake Sonoma where the trails are long but easy for biking and running too. Shiloh Regional Park in Windsor offers beautiful scenery plush with trails. In Santa Rosa check out Annadel State Park for fields of wildflowers and the wondrous Lake Ilsanjo.
- For the thrill-seeker, jump on a Zipline through the Redwoods. Located in Occidental you will whiz by ancient trees, breathing in the freshest air in Northern California.
A winery to pop in would be Balletto.
- The best way to cool off around here is to jump in to the Russian River. There are plenty of public beaches like Johnson’s Beach, Memorial Beach, Riverfront, & Sunset Beach. If you want a little adventure, rent a canoe or kayak from River’s Edge or Burke’s.
- For something a bit less conventional chec k out the Barlow and Sebastopol in general. The newest kid on the block was just built 2 years ago and since has been filled with shops, wineries, restaurants, and a distillery. It’s a cute walk around and you will definitely get sucked into an open door. Then take a walk around the quirky Sebastopol. Check out the Uncarved Block for all your spiritual crystal and precious gem needs.
A winery on the way: Occidental Road Cellars
- Skydiving in Cloverdale! Do I have to say more? That is the ultimate adrenaline rush activity that will show you a birds eye view of Sonoma County.
Feeling hungry? Check out Wine Road’s online cookbook for inspiration. Think you’ve got a winning recipe? Submit your own recipe for a chance to win at Wine Road’s Facebook page! Or find out about more places to visit at www.wineroad.com