8 Hikes Plus Brunch in Sonoma County

Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen

What’s better than a hike in the green hills? A hike in the green hills, followed by fresh sticky buns or warm apple turnovers! Below are eight excellent hikes plus brunches in Sonoma County. 

Hazel Hill at the Montage Healdsburg
Hazel Hill at the Montage Healdsburg

A grand outing: Explore the 155-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve, then make your way to the Montage Healdsburg via a short connector trail for brunch at Hazel Hill (100 Montage Way, Healdsburg, 707-979-9000), complete with a show-stopping dessert display. 

Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma
Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma 

Climb for cupcakes: The Panorama Trail at Helen Putnam Regional Park involves a rather steep climb; for a gentler stroll, opt for the paved Ridge Trail. But make your first steps of the day to nearby Della Fattoria (143 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, 707-763-0161) to grab all the butter-laden pastries, cupcakes, éclairs, and tarts you can carry. 

Learn about birds along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail
Learn about birds along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail 

Birds and brunch: Admire the regal herons and egrets at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, then swing by the Youth Annex at the Sebastopol Community Center, where a colony of cliff swallows nests each spring. After, the Belly & Jelly sandwich from The Farmer’s Wife at The Barlow (6760 McKinley St., Sebastopol, 707-827-3306) delivers gooey bliss, with cheddar, blue cheese, bacon, jam, and honey. 

Sticky buns from Twofish Baking Company
Sticky buns from Twofish Baking Company 

Seaside treats: Pick up warm sticky buns from Twofish Baking at Stewart’s Point Store (32000 Highway 1, Stewarts Point, 707-785-2011), then head to the Black Point Coastal Access Trail to enjoy the buttery, caramel delights with an ocean view. (Buy extras. You’ll thank us later.) 

Macarons from Les Pascals patisserie in Glen Ellen - Photo by Heather Irwin
Macarons from Les Pascals patisserie in Glen Ellen – Photo by Heather Irwin

French flair: Tempt your friends with flaky croissants, tarts, and melt-in-your-mouth macarons from Les Pascals patisserie (13758 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 707-934-8378) before meandering through Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Tables along the paved Valley of the Moon Trail make picnicking easy. 

Berry granola waffles from Sunflower Caffe in Sonoma—Photo courtesy of Sunflower Caffe
Berry granola waffles from Sunflower Caffe in Sonoma—Photo courtesy of Sunflower Caffe

Mimosa motivation: Take in the panoramic views from the Sonoma Overlook Trail, then toast your efforts with a mango mimosa or a creamy chai latte in the garden at Sunflower Caffé (421 First St. W., Sonoma, 707-996-6645).

Apple turnover
Hot apple turnover from Willow wood Market Cafe in Graton

An apple fix: A hot apple turnover (topped with vanilla ice cream, of course!) at Willow Wood Market Café (9020 Graton Road, Graton, 707-823-0233) tastes even sweeter after catching a fragrant whiff of the busy apple mills along the West County Regional Trail in Graton. 

Crane Creek Regional Park
Crane Creek Regional Park 

Stacks of sweetness: Savor the banana caramel French toast topped with whipped cream at Pepper’s Cafe (1451 Southwest Blvd., Rohnert Park, 707-664-5601), then earn every bite trekking along the more than three miles of trails at Crane Creek Regional Park


Written by Dana Rebmann

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