Canopied by redwoods in a tight valley along Sonoma County's Russian River, Rio Nido (pop. 522) packs a lot into a double-wide-trailer roadhouse, a Tudor-style historic lodge, a post office, a fire station, a public pool, and numerous summer homes and cabins clinging to the hillsides along Rio Nido Creek.

At the entrance to town, the refurbished double-wide trailer houses the family- friendly local institution known as the Rio Nido Roadhouse. It features American roadhouse-style food (think ribs, burgers, pizza, done with wine-country flair), a full bar and, on weekends, live music on an outdoor stage, with towering redwood trees providing the feel of a natural theater setting. Patrons can also swim in the adjacent public pool.

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