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A Night in Rio Nido

Wedged in a tight valley along the Russian River, the tiny town of Rio Nido is a hidden gem. And locals know that a perfect night can be spent at the Rio Nido Roadhouse, located in a refurbished double-wide trailer at the entrance to town. 

The Roadhouse, which boasts on its website that it’s “the most fun you can have in a trailer. … well almost,” features a great menu of roadhouse food, the kind of fixings you would expect to dig into when listening to live music: ribs, burgers, pizza.

Sure, that seems run-of-the-mill, but you’re in Sonoma County, so you’re pretty much guaranteed locals wouldn’t go there unless the food is awesome, which it is.

In the evenings when the music kicks off, diners gather outside on the lawn on the Adirondack chairs overlooking the swimming pool (did we mention that the community pool is out back? Well, it is – this is a small town) and where towering redwood trees provide a feeling of being in a natural theater.

Sit back, sip your local beer from the large selection on tap (which varies), and enjoy. If you decide you want to spend the night, step back in time at the English Tudor-style Rio Nido Lodge, built in the 1920s when Rio Nido was a resort wonderland.

You’re in Rio Nido — it’s the perfect night.

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