Hidden Gem Locations for Fall Foliage
There's no doubt that Sonoma County has some of the best hidden gem locations for fall foliage. With the vineyards and trees alike turning from bright greens to vibrant yellows, harvest oranges and blood reds, every drive turns into a scenic paradise. While there are many known places to admire the changing harvest leaves during this beautiful time, here are a few of our favorite locations that we might consider "Hidden Gems" to a non-local. Get your cameras out!
When you first drive into Iron Horse, you'll think that you've hit Malibu with it's lovely palm tree driveway. Being one of my favorite tasting 'room' views in Sonoma County, Iron Horse boasts it's wonderful valley views from it's adorable outdoor rustic tasting room for all the right reasons. Grab a glass and soak in these mountainous vineyards.
The Kunde Family Winery in Kenwood has always been well known for it's beauty, as well as it's historic family vineyards and ranch. You can even do a wine country horseback tour or a hike & taste tour at Kunde's estate while seeing this beautiful fall foliage.
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park in Santa Rosa is over 700 acres of redwoods, oaks, meadows, creeks and stunning views of Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley. This 4.25 mile hike winds you up the mountain to get some of the best views of orange and red vineyards and valleys.
Riverfront Regional Park is found along Eastside Road in Windsor, a road I would consider the most beautiful road in Sonoma County. Eastside Road is a backroad in Windsor that stretches North to Healdsburg, and Southwest towards Forestville. During the fall months many people 'take the back road' and follow it to wineries along the route such as Rodney Strong Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery, Gracianna Winery and many more. When driving into Riverfront Regional Park, you are surrounded by vineyards on all sides, and then welcomed by redwoods and a lake within the park.
Sugarloaf Ridge offers stargazing, moutainbiking, hiking, horback riding and more. It's views from the top of Bald Mountain are fantastic, and it's waterfall and Sonoma Creek along the route is truely a hidden gem. You can choose from a 30-minute hike to a 5-hour hike, it all just depends on what you're feeling!
During autumn, the city of Sonoma and the Sonoma Plaza is a wonderful place to see the leaves change colors. Not to mention, you can even wine taste without leaving the Sonoma Plaza, or go grab a bite to eat at one of the amazing restaurants in Sonoma.
Trattore Wines and Dry Creek Olive Oil Company is hidden in Geyserville with their amazing tasting room open 7 days a week. Perched at the top of a hill overlooking a vineyard valley with mountains to match, Tattore Wine's view from the outside patio is hard to beat (Especially as the leaves are turning red!) Their lime olive oil is also a necessary purchase for a future popcorn topping!
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