There may be no better destination for enjoying the quintessential “room with a view” than the accommodations you’ll find in Sonoma County. To begin with, you can choose an expansive vista of the ocean in all its many moods, sit back and enjoy watching the sun rise over rolling hills of vineyards, or simply step outside to your first cup of coffee in the intimate courtyard gardens of an Italianate villa. It’s all waiting for you!
Duncans Mills is an easy drive mid-way between Sonoma County coastal destinations and the beauty of redwoods and the Russian River. Follow Highway 116 through rolling farmland between Jenner and Monte Rio, and you’ll drive right through the center of Duncans Mills. Once there, you can just park and leave your car behind.
The Russian River and surrounding redwoods have been famous summer retreat spots and tourist getaways for well over 100 years, but they’re also perfect for a restful, romantic winter escape … a chance to get cozy by the fireplace, indulge in long spa soaks, and enjoy intimate gourmet dinners.
Cotati is home to a particular breed of entrepreneur: those fiercely independent souls who nevertheless understand the value of being a part of a supportive community. Shop owners often voluntarily take time to help others who are just starting out with their own ventures. Restaurants and pubs also serve as supportive centers for local music and art. This kind of camaraderie and cooperative spirit is the stuff of “Small Town America” at its best.
Regardless of your activities in the area, a day – or at the very least, an afternoon – of shopping downtown Cloverdale is well worth your time. I suggest that you begin your shopping trip at the north end of Cloverdale’s main boulevard:
Start with 14feet, a “modern vintage home furnishings” shop, located right next door to the ever-popular Plank Coffee.
Blessed with predictably mild picnic weather from May through October and an almost endless supply of places to enjoy an impromptu alfresco meal, Sonoma County also offers picnic provisions that are a cut or two above the typical fare.
Here are just a few shops to consider when picking up foods to buy for the perfect Sonoma County picnic.
A truly luxurious retreat should engage and pamper all your 5 senses, and The Gables Wine Country Inn does exactly that in Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County.
At The Gables, every detail is organized to create an atmosphere of gracious hospitality, with permission to drift into an almost timeless sense of quiet indulgence. It’s all part of the Gables experience, from the carefully curated appointments in each room to a world-class breakfast the next morning.
Given the scope of Sonoma County’s resident book clubs — including a Food & Agricultural Book Club, Book & Brew Book Club, Hiker’s Book Club, and a Movie Book Club to name a few — it’s not surprising that you’ll find a number of independent bookstores to support their habits. Here are just three of the many grat independent bookstores that cater to a uniquely Sonoma County state of mind:
Go “Glamping in Paris” without leaving the United States by staying in new, gleaming, and glamorous Airstream trailers at the French-inspired Metro Hotel & Cafe in Petaluma, in Sonoma County.