Read More about California on GoNOMADSonoma County, California : Where the River Meets the Redwoods
A February trip to the Russian River Valley in California's Sonoma County was the perfect mix of scenery, greenery and laidback culture that's home to many culinary wonders. We also sipped some fine wines.
While most travelers compare Sonoma with its high priced neighbor, Napa Valley, on our trip we spent our time in the small towns near the coast. They have plenty of wineries there too, but there was also a sense of small town California you can’t find in Napa. Read more of Max Hartshorne's story about Sonoma County.
My first trip to the Bolinas Lagoon was just a daytrip I took to find some peace and quiet away from home. Bolinas Lagoon is in West Marin, an area along the coast just a few miles north of San Francisco, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Its miles and miles of protected parks and waterways makes it an ideal spot for a short getaway from the hustle of the city.
Once I reached the lagoon, I pulled over where a few other cars had already parked, and walked along the meandering edge of the lagoon until I was next to a few local birders with their spotting scopes and binoculars all pointed at a duck. Read more of Claire Hutkins Seda's story about birding in West Marin.
When the Butterfield Stage thundered out of Fort Yuma on the Colorado River headed for Los Angeles and then San Francisco from 1858 to 1861, it meandered into Mexico for a short distance, crossed back into California at the New River and aimed for Warner’s Ranch.
But before the stage got there it rumbled through the Carrizo Gorge and made a stop at a little stage station called Vallecito, in what is now eastern San Diego County. Read more of Gerald Burke's story about Vallecito.
Surrounded by three of Sonoma's best known wine counties Healdsburg is the perfect base to chill, unwind and savor the best of California.
Two hours drive north of San Francisco, just off Highway 101, lies the small town of Healdsburg. The secret to its growing popularity is its charm and location.
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