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Your Wine Country Stay in Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa area is home to some spectacular parks, three of which are within easy biking distance from the cottage. All offer hiking, biking and picnicking, while some feature fishing, boating and a variety of family activities. Annadel State Park is highlighted below, and be sure to follow the links for information on Spring Lake and Howarth Parks (great family activities).
Annadel State Park-
Lake Ilsanjo offers excellent fishing for black bass and bluegill. Black bass weighing nine pounds and more have been caught here. A purple plastic worm is a favored bait for the bass, while the bluegill favor garden worms, small crayfish, and grubs. If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have a California fishing license. Ledson Marsh dries up by late August or early September and so no fish are found there.
Facilities and Activities-
Within walking distance of Sally's Garden Cottage, in Montgomery Village, are various eateries, including some outstanding restaurants.
Come and taste the Sonoma County difference. The local food movement is strong here and many restaurants feature locally sourced menu items. Wine country chefs frequently use local produce, organically grown vegetables, cheeses, olive oils, meats, fish, wines and beers in creating their menus. Even an average restaurant in Sonoma County offers above average food because with all the competition, they just have to! Prices vary, but it is easy to find a great restaurant at an affordable price.
The area is home to many farmer's markets. The closest farmer's market is Wednesday & Saturday from 9am-
To visit local artisanal producers and family farms: www.farmtrails.org
To search for Sonoma County wineries by region, by name or by feature: www.sonomawine.com
Sonoma County is also great craft beer country: www.winecountrybeer.com
Sonoma County, with its fantastic climate and thriving art community attracts artists of all types. Galleries, studios, and performing arts venues connect artists with the public. For seasonal information see: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov then select "visitors"
Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve is a majestic hidden grove of ancient redwoods, left standing when the rest of the area's trees became the railroad ties for the Transcontinental Railroad in 1868. Armstrong Woods has wonderful trails for walkers, hikers, cyclists and horses. The reserve is 805 acres of old growth redwood trees and you'll find it easy to spend the day taking in the natural beauty there.
While visiting, be sure to seek out these interesting local sites and attractions:
The Russian River rises in the coastal mountain ranges of Mendocino County in Northern California, flows through valleys in Mendocino County and Sonoma County, and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner-
The river takes its name from Russian trappers who explored the river in the early 19th century, when Russia maintained trade colonies along the Northern California coasts. In the late 19th century, loggers were drawn to the river for the redwoods that line its shores. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Russian River Valley became a popular summer resort destination for vacationers from San Francisco and Napa. The main resort town on the river is Guerneville.
Bodega Bay -
Due to its moderate climate, great weather and beautiful countryside, Sonoma County has become a favorite of biking enthusiasts from around the nation and even abroad.
Santa Rosa is bike-
Lying between Jenner and Bodega Bay, California Pacific Coast Highway One leads to at least ten Pacific beaches with stretches of unspoiled pristine sands that are home to fascinating tide pools, birds and miles of hiking trails along the bluffs of the Northern California Coast. Book a whale watching tour January through April and experience the magnificent presence of a gray whale, or watch the curious seals and sea otters along the shoreline year-
Located just a few short miles south of Jenner is the only commercial fishing port between San Francisco and Fort Bragg in beautiful Bodega Bay. The quaint fishing village is a treasure trove of art galleries, gift shops, and wharf-
Book a sportfishing excursion and find yourself standing on the deck of a sleek fishing vessel, proudly holding up your catch. In these waters land Salmon, Halibut, Ling Cod, or even pots filled with Dungeness Crab! Click here for more information on planning your fishing excursion.
Wine Country Balloons is Sonoma County's original, oldest established Hot Air Balloon touring company, offering the highest five star rated, FAA-
After your 'Nature Walk in the Sky’ celebrate with a gourmet champagne brunch, chosen from a full menu, accompanied by your pilot. Private flights for two can be accommodated along with larger groups. Weddings and special event coordination available. Each year there is a hot air balloon festival in Windsor: https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyBalloons
Kayak right from your rooms! Kayaks may be rented for all or part of your retreat. Imagine kayaking the calm flowing waters of the lower Russian River. There is plenty of user-
Overnight boat storage is available at the compound, so you can set out in the moonlight, or at dawn, or sunset, or whenever the spirit moves you. A quiet paddle among the osprey, pelicans, harbor seals and river otters, is an extraordinary, life-
Enjoy a leisurely paddle down the Russian River from Burke's Canoe Trips in nearby Forestville. Burke's provides canoes, paddles and life jackets for your trip through the redwoods to the town of Guerneville. View the scenic Russian River, marvel at the wildlife and stop to picnic and sunbathe on a sunny beach. Burke's shuttles weary paddlers back to their cars every half-
Tennis Courts at Galvin Community Park, 3330 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa CA, 95405
Description: 12 lighted tennis courts are available and open to the public daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 p.m. These courts are for tennis only. Bikes, skates, skateboards, animals, food and drinks are prohibited.
La Cantera Racquet & Swim Club (707) 544-
3737 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Description: Sonoma County's Largest Club, 12 Courts-
If you plan on boarding a whale watching excursion, consider the Oceanic Society Cruise led by expert naturalists. Their whale watching boats give the viewer a unique look-
Their trip rounds out at 12,000 miles between their Arctic feeding grounds and Baja, California breeding grounds.