Guidebook for Graton

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Guidebook for Graton

Food Scene

Alice Waters' former pastry chef, Lindsay Shere, started this bakery. Best bakery in Sonoma County. 25 minute drive from Casa Ramona.
Best bar - best drinks - great food. This is THE bar scene for West County. Old English pub design elements, outside patio with bocce ball. Can be noisy - be warned and expensive.
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Underwood Bar and Bistro
9113 Graton Road
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Best bar - best drinks - great food. This is THE bar scene for West County. Old English pub design elements, outside patio with bocce ball. Can be noisy - be warned and expensive.
Great food and atmosphere and outdoor back patio. Known for soft polenta dishes & daily specials. Very popular for breakfast, especially weekends.
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Willow Wood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road
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Great food and atmosphere and outdoor back patio. Known for soft polenta dishes & daily specials. Very popular for breakfast, especially weekends.
Best cookies, still warm from the oven.
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Sebastopol Cookie Company
168 North Main Street
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Best cookies, still warm from the oven.
Small, intimate Asian fusion food. Always a treat! Reservations recommended.
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Terrapin Creek
1580 Eastshore Road
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Small, intimate Asian fusion food. Always a treat! Reservations recommended.
Fridays 4 pm to dusk, June through October. Music, food, produce, crafts.
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Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market
3611 Bohemian Highway
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Fridays 4 pm to dusk, June through October. Music, food, produce, crafts.
Go here for coffee and their outrageous bread. If you're a maximalist, try the sticky bun bread. Fun setting and great store nearby, Enduring Comforts.
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Wild Flour Bread
140 Bohemian Highway
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Go here for coffee and their outrageous bread. If you're a maximalist, try the sticky bun bread. Fun setting and great store nearby, Enduring Comforts.
You have to go here and sit outside at the mouth of the Russian River and watch the seals and birds. It's authentic, unassuming and situated on a million dollar piece of real estate. Simple menu but not top rated food. Get coffee, chai or Thai iced tea and a baked good.
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Cafe Aquatica
10439 California 1
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You have to go here and sit outside at the mouth of the Russian River and watch the seals and birds. It's authentic, unassuming and situated on a million dollar piece of real estate. Simple menu but not top rated food. Get coffee, chai or Thai iced tea and a baked good.
Oh so European and a great deal on really excellent food. Outside dining on the waterfront of Petaluma River. Ambitious menu with many choices. One of our favorites, especially for lunch.
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Water Street Bistro
100 Petaluma Boulevard North
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Oh so European and a great deal on really excellent food. Outside dining on the waterfront of Petaluma River. Ambitious menu with many choices. One of our favorites, especially for lunch.
For tapas, this is the best, and the setting in a charming bungalow with the option of an outside patio and bar (with heaters) is lovely. Full bar. Interesting wine list.
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Bravas Bar de Tapas
420 Center Street
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For tapas, this is the best, and the setting in a charming bungalow with the option of an outside patio and bar (with heaters) is lovely. Full bar. Interesting wine list.
OK, it's in a strip mall, but some of the best Asian food around. Try lettuce cups with shrimp, chicken, peanuts and spinach salad with shiitake mushrooms, fried tofu, pine nuts and ginger dressing and salt and Salt and Pepper Tofu.
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Goji Kitchen
1965 Mendocino Avenue
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OK, it's in a strip mall, but some of the best Asian food around. Try lettuce cups with shrimp, chicken, peanuts and spinach salad with shiitake mushrooms, fried tofu, pine nuts and ginger dressing and salt and Salt and Pepper Tofu.
Regional, upscale Italian food, full bar, storefront layout and back patio with outside bar and bocce ball court, great service. One of the best Margaritas and excellent salads. One of our favorite restaurants. Seating is New York style, as in close quarters.
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Campo Fina
330 Healdsburg Avenue
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Regional, upscale Italian food, full bar, storefront layout and back patio with outside bar and bocce ball court, great service. One of the best Margaritas and excellent salads. One of our favorite restaurants. Seating is New York style, as in close quarters.
Creekside dining in a quaint roadhouse with earthy food and a nice outdoor patio. Live music at times. Eclectic. Breakfast, lunch and some dinner nights.
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Fork Roadhouse
9890 Bodega Highway
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Creekside dining in a quaint roadhouse with earthy food and a nice outdoor patio. Live music at times. Eclectic. Breakfast, lunch and some dinner nights.
New, innovative take on Asian noodle bar. Extremely popular and usually crowded. They now take reservations.
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Ramen Gaijin
6948 Sebastopol Avenue
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New, innovative take on Asian noodle bar. Extremely popular and usually crowded. They now take reservations.
Close to Casa Ramona on Highway 116 on the way to Forestville. Authentic French pastries, coffee and light lunch items. Hands down the best croissant outside of France.
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Pascaline Patisserie & Cafe
4552 Gravenstein Highway North
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Close to Casa Ramona on Highway 116 on the way to Forestville. Authentic French pastries, coffee and light lunch items. Hands down the best croissant outside of France.
The best local ice cream with interesting flavors.
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Screamin' Mimi's
6902 Sebastopol Avenue
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The best local ice cream with interesting flavors.
Modest place with excellent, reasonably priced Indo-Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine. Very good Naan and the eggplant Baigan Bharta is a good choice. Good wines, friendly staff.
Namaste Kitchen
7225 Healdsburg Ave
Modest place with excellent, reasonably priced Indo-Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine. Very good Naan and the eggplant Baigan Bharta is a good choice. Good wines, friendly staff.
Best outdoors on the patio because the bar can be very noisy and the formal dining room feels somewhat institutional, (though they have improved it by adding booths). Very good menu.
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Gravenstein Grill
8050 Bodega Ave
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Best outdoors on the patio because the bar can be very noisy and the formal dining room feels somewhat institutional, (though they have improved it by adding booths). Very good menu.
Busy place with limited seating inside, so go on a nice day. Every kind of fish dish, with specials and a fish market. Seared Ahi Sandwich and chowders are delicious. Forget The Tides. This is the place. Go before noon for shorter lines.
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Fishetarian Fish Market
599 California 1
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Busy place with limited seating inside, so go on a nice day. Every kind of fish dish, with specials and a fish market. Seared Ahi Sandwich and chowders are delicious. Forget The Tides. This is the place. Go before noon for shorter lines.
Full bar, live music, good happy hour prices, decent bar food. We like the Fish Tacos and the Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Combo. Great beer selections. Lively. Happy Hour is a deal.
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HopMonk Tavern Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Avenue
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Full bar, live music, good happy hour prices, decent bar food. We like the Fish Tacos and the Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Combo. Great beer selections. Lively. Happy Hour is a deal.
Located right on Bodega Bay. Wood-fired oven menu with great pizzas, crab cakes, salads. Very limited selection but all is good. Go early for lunch as it gets busy after noon. Call first because hours are confusing.
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Gourmet Au Bay
1412 Bay Flat Road
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Located right on Bodega Bay. Wood-fired oven menu with great pizzas, crab cakes, salads. Very limited selection but all is good. Go early for lunch as it gets busy after noon. Call first because hours are confusing.
This is new on the scene, but so far it's a hit. Kosho has umami flavor covered with their unorthodox sushi and Japanese styled entrees and sides. Don't miss the Savory Japanese Pancake and try at least one of the rolls. Excellent!
Sushi Kosho
6750 McKinley Ave
This is new on the scene, but so far it's a hit. Kosho has umami flavor covered with their unorthodox sushi and Japanese styled entrees and sides. Don't miss the Savory Japanese Pancake and try at least one of the rolls. Excellent!
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Downtown Bakery & Creamery
308 Center Street
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Arts & Culture

Locally owned artist cooperative. Good prices and variety of arts and crafts.
Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road
Locally owned artist cooperative. Good prices and variety of arts and crafts.
High quality theater in a tiny venue with a wine tasting bar. Check website for current run. Usually Thurs. through Sunday.
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Main Stage West
104 N Main St
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High quality theater in a tiny venue with a wine tasting bar. Check website for current run. Usually Thurs. through Sunday.
Call for exhibits (829-4797).
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Sebastopol Center For the Arts
282 South High Street
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Call for exhibits (829-4797).
Small gallery with a local art for sale.
Occidental Center For the Arts
3850 Doris Murphy Ct
Small gallery with a local art for sale.
You could spend several hours here. There are very nice walking paths, the ruins of WolfHouse and an interesting museum located in The House of Happy Walls, the home Charmain London built after Jack's death. Lots of local history here and tales of their world travels. Much of the park is set in oak woodland and there are remnants of the innovative farm that once thrived on the property.
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Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Road
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You could spend several hours here. There are very nice walking paths, the ruins of WolfHouse and an interesting museum located in The House of Happy Walls, the home Charmain London built after Jack's death. Lots of local history here and tales of their world travels. Much of the park is set in oak woodland and there are remnants of the innovative farm that once thrived on the property.

Shopping

Beautiful and unique imported clothing, shoes and jewelry.
Silk Moon Gallery
195 North Main Street
Beautiful and unique imported clothing, shoes and jewelry.
Independently owned bookstore with many special events. Also sells greeting cards, maps, magazines and games.
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Copperfield's Books
138 North Main Street
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Independently owned bookstore with many special events. Also sells greeting cards, maps, magazines and games.
Best local consignment shop.
Pine Grove General Store
149 North Main Street
Best local consignment shop.
Wonderful store for locally made unique gifts and treasures. Beautiful jewelry.
Artisana
146 N Main St
Wonderful store for locally made unique gifts and treasures. Beautiful jewelry.
My favorite store. Eclectic mixture of antiques and new items in a tiny house in Freestone. Great hats, gifts and the most gracious owner, Thea Doty.
Enduring Comforts
142 Bohemian Highway
My favorite store. Eclectic mixture of antiques and new items in a tiny house in Freestone. Great hats, gifts and the most gracious owner, Thea Doty.
Very nice, reasonably priced jewelry and gifts.
Milk & Honey
123 North Main Street
Very nice, reasonably priced jewelry and gifts.
Best local cheese selection, bulk olive oil, unique culinary gifts and gourmet snacks as well as crepes prepared on site in a charming old house in Freestone.
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Freestone Artisan Cheese
380 Bohemian Hwy
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Best local cheese selection, bulk olive oil, unique culinary gifts and gourmet snacks as well as crepes prepared on site in a charming old house in Freestone.
If you want to support local artists and artisans, this is a good place to go. Nothing made in China!
Made Local Marketplace
529 4th St
If you want to support local artists and artisans, this is a good place to go. Nothing made in China!
Fair trade shopping.
Kindred Fair Trade Handcrafts
605 4th St
Fair trade shopping.

Essentials

What's to say?
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Whole Foods Market
6910 McKinley Street
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If you are allergic to Amazon/Whole Foods, try this local business that has an all-organic salad bar and lots of local products.
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Sebastopol Community Market
6762 Sebastopol Avenue
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If you are allergic to Amazon/Whole Foods, try this local business that has an all-organic salad bar and lots of local products.

Sightseeing

Great starting place for exploring the laguna and there is a nice picnic place out front and access to hiking , birdwatching and kayaking. Art shows too.
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
900 Sanford Road
Great starting place for exploring the laguna and there is a nice picnic place out front and access to hiking , birdwatching and kayaking. Art shows too.
A must do for the full-on winery experience complete with movie memorabilia, Italian comfort food restaurant, stunning moonrise view to the east, swimming pool with private cabanas, full bar and a great gift store.
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Francis Ford Coppola Winery
300 Via Archimedes
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A must do for the full-on winery experience complete with movie memorabilia, Italian comfort food restaurant, stunning moonrise view to the east, swimming pool with private cabanas, full bar and a great gift store.
If you haven't seen the redwoods, this is the place. Good picnic areas, lots of shade or take sunny hikes in the hills with vistas of west Sonoma County.
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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
17000 Armstrong Woods Rd
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If you haven't seen the redwoods, this is the place. Good picnic areas, lots of shade or take sunny hikes in the hills with vistas of west Sonoma County.

Drinks & Nightlife

A beautiful drive up Westside or Eastside roads past Healdsburg and up West Dry Creek Rd. This place is stunning and they have bocce and excellent wines.
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Preston Farm and Winery
9282 West Dry Creek Road
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A beautiful drive up Westside or Eastside roads past Healdsburg and up West Dry Creek Rd. This place is stunning and they have bocce and excellent wines.
Lovely gardens and location. Known for their sparkling wines, which have been served at The White House (not the current one.) A bike ride or a nice trek from Casa Ramona. Take note - the minimal tasting room is outside.
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Iron Horse Vineyards
9786 Ross Station Road
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Lovely gardens and location. Known for their sparkling wines, which have been served at The White House (not the current one.) A bike ride or a nice trek from Casa Ramona. Take note - the minimal tasting room is outside.
People come from afar for this handcrafted beer in Santa Rosa, especially Pliny the Younger. Typical pub grub. If crowds don't please you, the Bear Republic in Healdsburg is a toned down version.
Russian River Brewing Company
1812 Ferdinand Ct
People come from afar for this handcrafted beer in Santa Rosa, especially Pliny the Younger. Typical pub grub. If crowds don't please you, the Bear Republic in Healdsburg is a toned down version.
Locally produced sparkling wine and a good tour of the process. Their Naturel is organic and delish. Beautiful gardens.
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Korbel Winery
13250 River Road
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Locally produced sparkling wine and a good tour of the process. Their Naturel is organic and delish. Beautiful gardens.
Great beer and a homey atmosphere at this covered outdoor music venue in an industrial park near Petaluma.
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 N McDowell Blvd
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Great beer and a homey atmosphere at this covered outdoor music venue in an industrial park near Petaluma.
Good wines, gorgeous gardens and very close to Casa Ramona.
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Lynmar Estate
3909 Frei Road
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Good wines, gorgeous gardens and very close to Casa Ramona.
Great beer and a pizza truck on Wednesdays, Taco truck on Tuesdays. Outdoors scene, pretty much.
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HenHouse Brewing Company
322 Bellevue Ave
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Great beer and a pizza truck on Wednesdays, Taco truck on Tuesdays. Outdoors scene, pretty much.
The view, the view, the view!
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Sbragia Family Vineyards
9990 Dry Creek Road
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The view, the view, the view!
This bar is only recommended because it has one of the best views of the ocean and Bodega Harbor. The food is standard, overpriced bar food, and for drinks you may want to stick to the tried and trues. The decor and lighting is nothing to write about, but the view, especially around sunset is striking. There is live music on Thursdays, some of it quite good.
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Bluewater Bistro
21301 Heron Drive
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This bar is only recommended because it has one of the best views of the ocean and Bodega Harbor. The food is standard, overpriced bar food, and for drinks you may want to stick to the tried and trues. The decor and lighting is nothing to write about, but the view, especially around sunset is striking. There is live music on Thursdays, some of it quite good.
Good local wines. Try their various designated vineyard Pinot Noirs.
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Paul Mathew Co
9060 Graton Rd
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Good local wines. Try their various designated vineyard Pinot Noirs.
New. Decent cocktails in a minimalist setting. Live jazz on Sunday evenings.
The Ruin Cocktail Bar (formerly Mothers Ruin)
116 S Main St
New. Decent cocktails in a minimalist setting. Live jazz on Sunday evenings.

Parks & Nature

Walk over the coastal hills from an inland valley and end up at the beach. Picnic opportunities, birdwatching, spectacular views. Willow Creek Rd. a good walk too.
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Pomo Canyon Trail
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Walk over the coastal hills from an inland valley and end up at the beach. Picnic opportunities, birdwatching, spectacular views. Willow Creek Rd. a good walk too.
Iconic view of the Pacific compete with jagged rocks and crashing waves at the mouth of the Russian River. Many accessible beaches to explore south of here on the way to Bodega Bay. Stay away from the surf because sleeper waves can kill you!
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Goat Rock State Beach - Sonoma Coast State Park
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Iconic view of the Pacific compete with jagged rocks and crashing waves at the mouth of the Russian River. Many accessible beaches to explore south of here on the way to Bodega Bay. Stay away from the surf because sleeper waves can kill you!
You can go to either side of the creek, north or south. Sometimes a sandbar closes off the creek and you can walk across it. South has a nice, long beach walk. Beware of "sleeper waves" and do not wade into coves because you can get trapped.
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Salmon Creek Beach
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You can go to either side of the creek, north or south. Sometimes a sandbar closes off the creek and you can walk across it. South has a nice, long beach walk. Beware of "sleeper waves" and do not wade into coves because you can get trapped.
You have to pay a fee to park right at the beach but this beach is very nice, even in winter because it is south facing. Popular surf spot when the waves are good, nice long beach for walking.
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Doran Beach
201 Doran Beach Rd
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You have to pay a fee to park right at the beach but this beach is very nice, even in winter because it is south facing. Popular surf spot when the waves are good, nice long beach for walking.
Walk along the bluffs with a view of the wild Pacific and seabirds soaring overhead. On clear days you can see Point Reyes Peninsula and the mouth of Tomales Bay. It's rugged, wild and beautiful and there is a good trail.
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Bodega Head
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Walk along the bluffs with a view of the wild Pacific and seabirds soaring overhead. On clear days you can see Point Reyes Peninsula and the mouth of Tomales Bay. It's rugged, wild and beautiful and there is a good trail.
Brand new hiking trails and a spectacular view. Allow a couple of hours here if the weather is good.
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Jenner Headlands Preserve
12001 CA-1
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Brand new hiking trails and a spectacular view. Allow a couple of hours here if the weather is good.
Walk along the coastal bluffs on a good north-south trail.
Kortum Trail
Walk along the coastal bluffs on a good north-south trail.
Many hiking trails. You can drive or walk the lowest level and visit the old growth trees. Drive up to Bullfrog Pond (dragonfly watching), park and hike along ridges and into the shaded redwood groves in the valleys.
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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
17000 Armstrong Woods Rd
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Many hiking trails. You can drive or walk the lowest level and visit the old growth trees. Drive up to Bullfrog Pond (dragonfly watching), park and hike along ridges and into the shaded redwood groves in the valleys.
If you start at Shell Beach and cross Highway 1, there is a trail that will take you up to a beautiful view of the mouth of the Russian River, Jenner and Penny Island. Trail winds through wildflower covered hills in the spring and dips into mysterious redwood groves.
Red Hill Trail
If you start at Shell Beach and cross Highway 1, there is a trail that will take you up to a beautiful view of the mouth of the Russian River, Jenner and Penny Island. Trail winds through wildflower covered hills in the spring and dips into mysterious redwood groves.