Western Sonoma County offers its visitors a delightful mix of rolling hills, vineyards, redwood trees, charming small-town main streets, fine wines, farm-to-table delights, and the slow and scenic Russian River.
For those who want to investigate this enchanting Redwoods & Rivers area, here are suggestions for a one-day itinerary, with options for a second or third day of exploration.
Unique Feature: The Russian River
Winding its way majestically through Sonoma County until it reaches the coastline at Jenner, the Russian River is a southward-flowing waterway that drains 1,485 square miles of Sonoma and Mendocino counties. It is the second largest river (after the Sacramento River) flowing through the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and provides many opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, wading, swimming, fishing, hiking, bird watching or just soaking up sun on a sandy beach.
A vacation destination since the 1870s (when visitors came by train), this area is home to the Russian River Valley wine-growing region. In addition to other grape varietals, it produces world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines; its wineries vary in size from small boutiques to large commercial producers.