Winery Walks: Coppola Winery

No wine was hurt on a recent visit to Coppola Winery. It is such an amazing place – we didn’t feel the need to drink. A spectacular day with an unusual sky for Northern California ensured a great visit. Coppola Winery is in the Alexander Valley, near Geyserville, CA. A welcoming place, their website descriptionContinue reading “Winery Walks: Coppola Winery”

Foothill Walk Uphill

Sonoma County Regional Parks have been hosting Wildflower Walks this spring. I managed to join one last weekend at Foothill Regional Park. For a small park, there’s plenty of hills – the reason I don’t often walk here. But I managed to make the loop around the park – happy with the information I learnedContinue reading “Foothill Walk Uphill”

Winery Walks: Ferrari-Carano

For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure. With over 300 wineries in Sonoma County, we won’t cover all of them – but we will display some of our favorite gardens. Some are walks on their own and some are near places weContinue reading “Winery Walks: Ferrari-Carano”

Dreams Do Come True – Walking Healdsburg Ridge

Several years ago, we walked up a steep slope to a beautiful meadow. The wildflowers were outstanding, but I didn’t have the guts for a return trip. The lovely people at LandPaths, City of Healdsburg, and Open Space District have put in perfect zigs and zags of switchbacks. Now I can visit more often. AllContinue reading “Dreams Do Come True – Walking Healdsburg Ridge”

Winery Walking

For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure. One of our favorites is at Kendall-Jackson off of Fulton Rd, north of Santa Rosa. Formal gardens with fountains, lawn and roses are near the building. A Culinary Garden flourishes with flowers, small beds ofContinue reading “Winery Walking”

Taking a Stroll at Lake Sonoma

2014 update – Lake Sonoma is open again – including camping. $3/vehicle charge will be instituted for parking to help defray costs. For more information, click US Corps of Engineers announcement. 2013 update – due to sequester, much of Lake Sonoma area is closed, including Visitor Center and Overlook. Click SF District for more informationContinue reading “Taking a Stroll at Lake Sonoma”

The Heights of Healdsburg

It seems only fitting on the day after needing earmuffs against a cold wind at Doran Beach that I should be baking on a hilltop in Healdsburg. It must be spring. There is not that much public land to walk around in Healdsburg but this 152 acre former grazing land was opened in November 2008. Continue reading “The Heights of Healdsburg”