Travel on the Side


Back from a trip to Northern California to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. Enjoyed touring around and wine tasting. So many highlights! Sebastopol, California Bodega, California Golden Gate Bridge Point Reyes National Seashore Coleman Valley Road Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Area St. Helena & Calistoga, California Sterling Vineyards Platypus Wine Tours For more pics, check out my Napa/Sonoma/Marin Flickr album.

The diversity of nature of Sonoma County is amazing: sweeping coastline, rolling hills, rivers, vineyards, and redwood trees! If you’re in the area, a must stop is the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve near Guerneville. I recommend parking your car in the lot near the registration kiosk and do some hiking on the trails. You won’t be disappointed. You’ll stand among giants! For more pics, check out my Napa/Sonoma/Marin Flickr album.

Just about anywhere in Sonoma County is breathtakingly beautiful, but Coleman Valley Road (see Google Map) is particularly special. Start in the small town of Occidental and drive the road towards the ocean. You’ll start in forests, hugging the hillsides, and then ascend to the top of the hills with beautiful meadow views. At the end, you’ll come to a “T” intersection with California Highway 1 at the Pacific Ocean. Take it… Read More

Just down the road from Sebastopol in Sonoma County¬†on the Bodega Highway is the town of Bodega. Most famously, its church – St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church¬†– was used in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 movie The Birds. For more pics, check out my Napa/Sonoma/Marin Flickr album.

Sebastopol, California, located in Sonoma County, is a funky, artsy town filled with good restaurants, delightful shops, and art galleries. Jerry Garcia used to live here. We made Sebastopol our stop for two nights to tour around Sonoma and Marin counties. Downtown Sebastopol is inviting and there are several free parking lots. So park your car and walk around. We had two great dinners. Our first night was at Peter Lowell’s. I… Read More