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Bees N Blooms in Santa Rosa is a Lavender Lover's Delight

Lying below Taylor Mountain on the site of a former cattle ranch, Bees N Blooms offers stunning vistas of Sonoma County’s Santa Rosa Plain.

This 11-acre certified organic farm, which has put aside a portion of its land as a wildlife habitat, grows lavender, flowers, and drought-tolerant trees; supports 13 beehives; and produces products that include honey, lavender, cut flowers, vegetables, and plant starts.

Outdoor Events in Sonoma County in August 2018

This August Sonoma County is in full summer bloom, when every day presents countless options for living the outdoor life: hiking or biking a trail, paddling the Russian River, going fishing, running a marathon, pitching a tent, climbing, horseback riding, building sand castles, watching raptors…

Here are just a few specific fun things you may want to consider:

Every Friday in August

(Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)

Tour Bodega Marine Laboratory

Outdoor Recreation Month Activities and Specials: May 2018

What better time to enjoy Sonoma County's countless adventures than the recently designated Outdoor Recreation Month? This May, explore a new park, gain a new skill in nature, or attend an outdoor cultural event and experience Sonoma County as you never have before. Be sure to check out the deals and specials at the end of the article for some extra fun this May!

April 2018 Outdoor Events Roundup

Sonoma County is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise at any time of the year, but early spring — with just-right temperatures, sunny days, gentle breezes, emerald green hillsides and an all-over-the-county explosion of bright-colored wildflowers — possesses a particular magic of its own.

The extensive geographical diversity here includes the Pacific Ocean, rivers, lakes, beaches, coastal cliffs, mountains, valleys, and forests (even pygmy forests).

Here are just a few ways for you to enjoy Sonoma County’s beautiful outdoors during this delightful spring month:

Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Russian River Water Supply

Late last fall I signed up for one of the tours given each year by the Sonoma County Water Agency, for a behind-the-scenes look at the Russian River water supply system.

I figured the event would be informative, and it was — but it was also fun, brought me to a few beautiful locations on the Russian River, and gave me a glimpse of how complex, clean and technologically forward our county’s water system is.

Outdoor Activities in Sonoma County this March

The month of March means it’s still winter in Sonoma County, but spring is on the way, and there are hundreds of trails in state, regional, and community parks that are open to bikers, hikers, equestrians, wheelchairs, dogs on a leash, and parents pushing baby carriages.

Some days are bracing and chilly, while others bring sunshine’s warmth. Leaves are starting to bud, and some of the region’s early blooms — bright yellow field mustard, golden acacia puffballs —catch the eye. Here are just a few ways for you to enjoy Sonoma County’s beautiful outdoors this month: