Attending a wedding in Sonoma County and you have a few hours or even days to spare—well there are no lack of activities or places to visit. Northern California is known for its picturesque scenery and Sonoma County is home to some of the most beautiful of those locations. From wine tasting in Dry Creek Valley, hiking the Redwoods to visiting museums and zip lining with Sonoma Canopy Tours in Occidental. Having grown up in Sonoma County, I can say without a doubt this place is rich with life, activities and fun things for friends and families.
Below is a list of some of the things you can do to enjoy this county and the wedding weekend. You can enjoy these activities with friends and family visiting from out-of-town or for simply wanting to get to know Sonoma County a little better.
Mark West Lodge's historical grapevines: Mark West Lodge is home to a long history, the land has been witness to years of transformations— a destination for travelers to visit the hot spring to a French Restaurant and now a Venue. The years in between the grapevines grew stronger and stronger, now the grapevines that wrap the arbor spanning Mark West Springs Road on the side of the lodge are over 160 years old. Once, showcased in the show Ripley's Believe it or not, these grapevines are quite the picturesque view from the outdoor sitting area.
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve: Serene, quiet and a reminder of just how amazing mother nature is—this natural reserve is home to an amphitheater, hiking trails and more on 805 acres. Head over to their website for more information: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=450
Sonoma Canopy Tours: Zip lining in Occidental is quite the adventure, guided zip lining with stunning forest views. Check them out online: http://www.sonomacanopytours.com
Bodega Bay: A day by the bay, breathtaking ocean views coastal side. Enjoy with family and friends and make a day of it. Visit: http://www.visitbodegabayca.com
Jack London State Historical Park: An amazing historical landmark located in Glen Ellen, when you visit your will experience the natural setting and the history of the man himself. Picnic, hangout, walk and learn—a great place to explore. Visit: http://www.jacklondonpark.com
Safari West: A Wildlife preserve and african tent camp. Check them out here fore more information: http://www.safariwest.com
Charles M. Schulz Museum: The cartoonist made famous by his comic Peanuts has a museum dedicated to his lifetime work. Great place to learn about Schulz and have a look at his work. Visit: http://schulzmuseum.org
Dry Creek Valley: Go on a wine tasting tour or stop by some of your favorites—a great place to taste some of the best wine out there in our region. Check out the website to see the places you’d can visit or route your own self-guided tour. http://www.drycreekvalley.org