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Sunbathing Sonoma County Style

Soak in the sun in Sonoma County.

Just as wine is to Sonoma, so is sunbathing to summer. So why not take advantage of some of Sonoma County’s most picturesque locales and combine all these activities on your next visit to Sonoma County?

Not sure where to go? Below are a few suggestions for idyllic Wine Country destinations where you and your partner can pair the best of summer with the best of Sonoma.

Salmon Creek Beach South

Sunbathing at South Salmon Creek Beach, Sonoma Coast State Park, Sonoma County, California

While recognized as among the most naturally beautiful in America, the beaches along the Sonoma Coast are not the most accessible when it comes to traditional seaside activities due to a combination of geography and the extreme waves and currents that are their hallmark. That said, Salmon Creek Beach South at Sonoma Coast State Park is particularly conducive to sunbathing, picnicking, and even surfing (for those well trained and equipped to do so). Those attributes aside, this two-mile stretch of uninterrupted beach is ideal for romantic walks, afternoon frolicking, or good old-fashioned wave gazing.

Johnson’s Beach

Johnsons Beach on the Russian River in Guerneville, Sonoma County, California

Located near the epicenter of gay life in Guerneville, Johnson’s Beach has a long history as an inviting destination for those most interested in lolling about on the sun-soaked shores of the Russian River shrouded in the protection of the surrounding redwood trees. Not only is it a popular outpost for working your tan while in Sonoma County, it is also filled with activities ranging from tubing and canoeing to kayaking and swimming.

Francis Ford Coppola Pools and Cabines

Swimming at the pool at Francis Ford Coppola, Geyserville, Sonoma County, California

For a more full-service sunbathing experience, set your sights on Geyserville and book in at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Pools and Cabines. Elegantly placed in the center of the park area at the famed winery, two swimming pools totaling 3,600 square feet are surrounded by chaise lounge chairs and a selection of amenities-laden cabines.

Each cabine comes equipped with a private shower, four towels, one Sofia Mini Single per adult 21 years of age or older (up to 4 people), a deck of Francis Ford Coppola Winery playing cards, and a copy of Zoetrope: All-Story magazine, which received the National Magazine Award for Fiction. Better still, by reserving a cabine, guests are also afforded the opportunity to pre-select seating on the pool deck so as to ensure they get the best light possible during their visit. Prices range from $185 to $235 depending on the date.  And did I mention there’s a bocce ball court as well? Well indeed there is. Talk about more fun in the sun.

Here’s to summer. May your days be long and your tan always be golden.

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