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July 22, 2015 | Sonoma County, Wine Country | Elizabeth Nixon

30 Things to Do in Sonoma County This Summer or Fall

Winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster enjoys flyfishing in Sonoma County

 

As a lifelong, third generation Sonoma County resident, this list features my very favorities among all of the hundreds of wonderful things to do in Sonoma County! While you may not be able to cram all 30 of these activities into one weekend, this list will give you a reason to keep your summer and fall weekend itineraries jam-packed with fun. There are just so many fantastic things to do in our beautiful county that appeal to locals and visitors alike, beyond the ubiquitous wine tasting, hiking or cycling. Experience everything from botanical gardens and river kayaking, to ziplining through redwoods, to learning how wine is made. These are among the most fun things to do in Sonoma County!

 

1) Tour Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services – call to schedule a facility tour to learn how sparkling wine is made in the age-old French tradition, and how your business can make its own bubbly via the private label program 707-433-8400

2) Lounge poolside at the beautiful Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com/visit/amenities/pools-and-cabines/

3) Kayak on the Russian River http://www.watertreks.com

4) Go fishing on the rivers or lakes of Sonoma County http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Activities/Boating_Paddling_and_Fishing.aspx

5) Walk the trails of the lovely 25-acre Asian botanical garden in Glen Ellen, Quarryhill http://www.quarryhillbg.org/

6) Visit Breathless Wines and learn how to saber sparkling wine with a sword – truly the most breathless way to pop the cork – tasting room open 11-4 daily at 4001 Hwy 128 in Geyserville

7) Zipline through the redwoods http://www.sonomacanopytours.com/

8) Catch the traveling, bilingual theater in Sonoma County’s parks (free), The Imaginists http://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2015/07/17/a-santa-rosa-theater-company-brings-bilingual-plays-to-parks-by-bike/

9) Relax after a day at the beach or redwoods by taking a soak in the thermal waters of Sonoma County’s hot springs http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/sonoma-hot-springs

10) Experience the Sonoma Serengeti on an African wildlife safari at Safari West http://www.safariwest.com/

11) Play bocce ball at Healdsburg’s Campo Fina restaurant http://campofina.com/ 

12) Catch the Wine, Women & Shoes event benefitting healthcare access, featuring fine wines, food and fashion July 25  http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/hf

13) Attend a yoga retreat at the gorgeous Mayacamas Ranch http://mayacamasranch.com 

14) Take workshops at Shed in Healdsburg, like the upcoming free workshop, “A Zero-Waste Life” http://healdsburgshed.com/gather/grange-events/

15) Learn about cheese making on the Cheese Trail http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/sonoma-cheese-trail-and-map 

16) See the fall colors on a drive through Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley in October

17) Take floral design or herb classes at Dragonfly Farms in Healdsburg http://www.dragonflyfloralschool.com/class-schedule.html

18) Attend the Cigar BQ fundraising event featuring great wine, food and cigars, all to benefit Meals on Wheels Aug. 8 http://www.cbqwinecountryfundraising.org/

19) Visit local artists’ open studios during Sonoma County Art Trails Oct. 10, 11, 17 and 18 http://sonomacountyarttrails.org/

20) Drive along Coleman Valley Road for outstanding views of Bodega Bay

21) Take in local food, wine and art every Thursday night at the Barlow Street Fair in Sebastopol through Sept. 24 http://thebarlow.net/streetfair/

22) Go apple picking at Ratzalff Ranch in Sebastopol, Sept.-Oct. 707-823-0538

23) Experience a “Broadway Under the Stars” concert in the open-air winery ruins of Jack London’s State Historic Park and support the arts http://www.transcendencetheatre.org/broadway-under-stars

24) Take in “Friday Night Live” in Cloverdale for live music, food, farmers market and activities every Friday evening from 5:30-7 p.m. through Sept. 4

25) Enjoy a wide array of food vendors and live music in the park with “Tuesdays in the Plaza” in Healdsburg from 5:00-8 p.m. through August 25 http://wifihealdsburg.net/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=15036

26) Windsor’s “Summer Nights on the Green” features kids’ movies on Tuesday nights, and live concerts Thursday nights through Aug. 27 http://windsorchamber.com/summer-nights-green

27) Enjoy 12k/5K runs, grape stomps, parade, food and live music and other festivities at the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival in the Sonoma Plaza Sept. 25-27 http://www.valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com/

28) Experience Sonoma’s beauty from above with a hot air balloon ride http://www.up-away.com/

29) Visit the Gravenstein Apple Fair Aug. 8-9 for a weekend of old-fashioned fun: local food, live music, vendors, farm arena, apples and much more http://www.gravensteinapplefair.com/

30) Savor Sonoma County’s fabulous wine and food flavors at Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the area’s largest wine charitable event Sept. 4-6 http://sonomawinecountryweekend.com/

Comments

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Catherine
@ Jul 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM
This Valley n00b appreciates your list thanks !! Does a u-pick berry farm exist in the county ?

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Elizabeth
@ Jul 23, 2015 at 6:15 PM
Thanks for reading, Catherine! There are a few berry farms but only one that I could find that allows u-pick: http://www.tangledupinblueberries.com/

Their website says they have blueberries through July. Other than that, in August there are always lots of amazing blackberries on the sides of country roads. Especially by creeks.

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