Jack London: Beauty Ranch

I’m not sure “what” I’m going to find “where” as it is filled with glimpses of the past and lushness of the present. The “it” is Jack London State Historic Park, a place of peace and a place of energy. Technically, it comes in two main parts: Beauty Ranch and the Wolf House. Let’s talkContinue reading “Jack London: Beauty Ranch”

Sugarloaf Ridge via Planetary Walk

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, a 2700-acre park in the mountains above the Sonoma Valley, is still worth a visit even for people who need a flat walk. Just past the entrance kiosk, on the left, is a parking lot, with a trailhead to Bald Mountain and to Meadow Trails.

Winery Walks: Bartholomew Park Winery

For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure. With sixteen tasting rooms around Sonoma Plaza you could get pretty drunk before ever visiting a winery. Might I suggest first a trip to the gardens near Bartholomew Park Winery. off 7th St. East. YouContinue reading “Winery Walks: Bartholomew Park Winery”

Winery Walks: Chateau St. Jean

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: Chateau St. Jean”

State Parks Good News Bad News

California had planned to close 70 state parks effective July 1st. A state committee chose the parks for closure based on the popularity or the iconic status of the park. When asked to share the documents to prove those findings, their response was they had thrown the data out.

The Flattest Walk in Sonoma

Just north of Sonoma Plaza, away from the bustle of shopping and dining tourists is a quiet park. A paved path for a 3-mile round trip walk goes through Depot Park. It also runs through history and behind modern backyards. We picked up the trail by the museum (and gift shop) and headed east. ForContinue reading “The Flattest Walk in Sonoma”

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”

Walking below Sugarloaf Ridge

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has twenty-five miles of trails some of them reaching Bald Mountain at 2729’ in elevation. Websites didn’t indicate how big the park was, but did keep mentioning the elevation, as if that was its only attribute. (Besides the beauty there are cool volcanic formations.) I thought we’d been up the mountainContinue reading “Walking below Sugarloaf Ridge”