There’s no lack of things to do and adventures to be had in Sonoma County, especially in the summer. Whether you’re looking for a way to spend quality time with the family or a fun adult night out, here are 5 ways to spend your Sonoma County summer!
1. Sonoma County Vintage Beach Throwback
Wishing for a simpler time when no one needed tablets, phones or other electronics to enjoy a summer afternoon? Pack up the family and head to Sonoma County watering hole the Russian River. Spending the day at Johnson’s Beach feels like stepping into a vintage postcard. Other than the $5 parking, admission to the beach is free. You can rent boats and purchase refreshments. The beach is open daily from 10am to 6pm through September 11. Stake your umbrella and bring the sand castle tools!
2. Marin County Redwoods
Although summer is a hot time to visit the famed redwoods in Marin County, there is a little known access point that really cuts down on the crowds. A little further north from the main Muir Woods entrance is the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, complete with the same towering trees, a nature center, hiking trails and views of Guerneville below. And you can’t beat the price to reconnect the family with nature – free!
3. Peanuts in Santa Rosa
If you’re a fan of the Peanuts cartoon and not the summer heat that can creep into Sonoma County, the Charles M. Schulz Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon. The museum’s focus is on the life and work of Schulz, Peanuts creator. Even if you’ve visited before, the exhibits rotate so there’s always something new to see. Perfect for families and adults who grew up with the characters, the museum also offers cartooning classes and an ice rink next door to really help beat the heat.
4. Concerts Under the Sonoma Stars
Summer in Sonoma County would not be completed without at least one wine event! In Healdsburg just north of Sonoma, the Rodney Strong Vineyards hosts the 26th annual Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series. These aren’t just local artists, either. This summer includes performers like Smokey Robinson (July 23), Huey Lewis and the News (August 21) and the B-52s (September 17).
You can purchase individual show tickets starting at $89 or a series package starting at $445. Bring in your own picnic basket with food or opt to purchase from Sonoma County staple Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que that will be on-site providing service. If you visit the Rodney Strong tasting room before the show, you can bring the wine into the concert with you. Of course Rodney Strong wine will also be available for purchase the show, buy the glass and by the bottle.
5. Hollywood Meets Beach Town
If you’re an Alfred Hitchcock or old Hollywood fan, Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast is the perfect place to explore and spend a laid back summer day. The Bay served as one of the filming locations for Hitchock’s classic The Birds. The areas still boasts that classic beach town vibe, plus sandy beaches, hiking trails and freshly caught, waterfront seafood meals. You can even watch the fisherman unload their day’s catch right on the pier.
No matter how you spend your Sonoma County summer, there’s no better time to enjoy friends and family and take advantage the stunning sights. Summer is also a great time to buy a home in Sonoma, Marin, Petaluma or surrounding areas. Contact Rebecca Celli to find out the benefits of a summer purchase.
Rebecca Celli Fine Properties wishes everyone a happy, rejuvenating and safe summer!