Dog Parks in Santa Rosa, etc

This post was originally published in 2010. I’ve updated and added more dog parks both new parks and new to me. A separate post discusses more parks in the Petaluma area. We have adopted a dog (mostly poodle) since this post went out. He walks on leash with us in many places. At dog parks, if thereContinue reading “Dog Parks in Santa Rosa, etc”

Riverfront Park in Windsor

This original post was in March of 2010. We have visited many times since then and written many more posts. What a great place. There’s still trouble with the trail where the dam doesn’t quite keep out the Russian River in winter floods. The trees and bushes are bigger so that some of the benchesContinue reading “Riverfront Park in Windsor”

Sunday’s Revisit: Country to Industry in West County

This post is from January 2010. Maybe you can tell by the soggy trail and lack of leaves that it’s winter. Some of the buildings near Graton Road have been taken down and shops have changed. Soggier parts of the trail have not gotten boardwalks – maybe if we do get a lot of rainContinue reading “Sunday’s Revisit: Country to Industry in West County”

West County Trail – Northern End

We walk the West County Trail so often and it seems so familiar that I forgot to ever report on the northern section from Ross Station Rd to Forestville. Even after we made a trip there in February to report on that part. When we lived in Guerneville, we used to start the trail atContinue reading “West County Trail – Northern End”

Winery Walks: Korbel – Guerneville

We went to Korbel (again) last fall, but the season got too late for publicizing the glory of their gardens. So with a few new stops, I can now show you Korbel Winery. In the redwoods near Guerneville is Korbel Winery. (Sorry, can’t link to their website. It’s age screened. If you’re old enough goContinue reading “Winery Walks: Korbel – Guerneville”

Winery Walks: Lynmar Estate

For short flat walks, wineries can provide beautiful gardens, vistas and charming if sometime kitschy architecture for your viewing pleasure. Near Graton and Sebastopol you will see many wineries along Hwy 116. However if you turn on Frei Rd, you’ll find this gem – Lynmar Estates.

Walking the Kortum Trail in Winter

Kortum Trail is one great place to walk clifftop along the Sonoma coast. Round trip, it’s eight miles from Goat Rock to Wright’s Beach. I like to pick it up at Shell Beach and walk a shorter piece. In winter, this part of the Sonoma coast is a study in grasses. I like the rawnessContinue reading “Walking the Kortum Trail in Winter”

Kortum Trail Update

We visited the coast a couple of weeks ago – to check on the wildflowers. The buttercups were out and a few other strays, like this mallow. Seeing the early bloom, we moved the coastal walk from May to April. Please join us April 21st above Wright’s Beach. More info below. The trail south fromContinue reading “Kortum Trail Update”

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”