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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sonoma County -- with a view

Scenery is usually a big part of any trip. So where can you eat, drink, drive, hike, and just hang out while soaking up a spectacular view? Luckily, Sonoma County is full of places to do this.

Eating 

Duck Club in Bodega listed by people.com as one of the ten best restaurant views in America.
The Tides is on Bodega Bay.
River's End sits on a bluff on the ocean.

The Tides Restaurant from the Hitchcock movie The Birds

Wine Tasting 

Iron Horse. Sip bubbly outside will looking over most of Sonoma County.
Paradise Ridge has the best views of the Russian River area.
Sbragia overlooks Dry Creek Valley.
Stryker has nice views of Alexander Valley from the tasting rooms.
Twomey looks over vineyard land in the Russian River Valley.

Sunset at Paradise Ridge Winery

Hiking

Hood Mountain has the best view from Gunsite Rock, but it's the most strenuous hike listed here.
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park has a shorter and a longer trail leading to nice views.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park also has a strenuous day hike, but on a clear day you can see for miles and miles.
Taylor Mountain Regional Park overlooks much of the county.

From Taylor Mtn

Sit and Watch the World Go By

The front porch of the Dry Creek General Store


Driving

Highway One. The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous roads in the country.
Highway 128 through Alexander and Knights Valleys
Coleman Valley Road from the town of Occidental to the Pacific.

Coleman Valley Road

Ocean Views

Goat Rock Park at the mouth of the Russian River
Bodega Head. A hill jutting out into the Pacific

Goat Rock

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