Days are getting longer!! Looks like this January may be a wet one in west Sonoma County. That translates to creeks that are running, happy redwood trees, and hillsides full of flowers in March. My favorite time to hike through a redwood forest is when it's raining.....no people! So if the forecast is for rain, bring rain gear! Look at my top ten list for some good places to hike in the rain. The Grove of Old Trees is the closest but for a more formal rain tour drive out to Armstrong Redwoods State Park which is usually crowded and walk the trails in a rainy solitude. Love it. Nothing like pulling into the coffee shop after a good stomp through the soggy hills. Occcidental has a great coffee shop as part of the Union Hotel as does Ducans Mills. If tea is more to your liking, Graton has a great tea room/restaurant. Wine? Check out my winery section. Beer? Hopmonk tavern in Sebastopol Chowder? Ok, that's a non sequitur, but see below. .Cozy hot tub in the woods?....head back to the house!
Hopmonk Tavern Live Music:
Occidental Center for the Arts: Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble: Jan 31 3-5 pm. A bit thin on event bookings in January thus far. This looks like a pleasant show for a rainy day.
Bodega Bay Chowder Day Jan 30th: Chowder heads unite! Its cold and clammy at the coast and the white caps conjure up images of, yes, chowder. Eat the chowder, grade the chowder, commune with other chowder heads, rejoice in the....ok, I'm done.
Freestone: Why? Because it's there, along with the Joseph Phelps tasting room. Any excuse to go to Freestone is a good one. Check out my "outlying areas" section so see all the other things to do in Freestone (Osmosis Spa, Bakery, etc.)
The Barlow: The Barlow is a fun place to check out as there are restaurants, galleries, grocery store, etc. Don't like hiking in he rain? Go to the Barlow! Seven minutes from the house.
I will continue to scope it out. Any questions please use the link to email me and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks and happy trails!