The Sonoma Serengeti: A Visit To Safari West In The Middle Of Wine Country
Waking up to coffee and giraffes at Safari West

The Sonoma Serengeti: A Visit To Safari West In The Middle Of Wine Country

Set in the foothills of Santa Rosa’s Mountains, Safari West – which is better known as the Sonoma Serengeti to the locals – is home to 1,000 exotic animals and birds

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Visiting Wine Country In Sonoma County With The Kids
Kids can check out the fun movie memorabilia at Francis Ford Coppola winery

Visiting Wine Country In Sonoma County With The Kids

The rule of thumb when visiting wineries is to leave the kids at home. Luckily, on the West Coast and particularly in Sonoma County, California, that mentality is changing.

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On the Russian River in Sonoma County CA
Kayaking on the Russian River

On the Russian River in Sonoma County CA

We’re kayaking in the mouth of the Russian River in Jenner, CA as one harbor seal after another pops up his head. We see Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys with fish in their mouths, going to their nests presumably.

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Three days in Sonoma County – a birthday treat at a special spa
Thermal pool at Willow Stream Spa

Three days in Sonoma County – a birthday treat at a special spa

I’m soaking in a natural thermal pool that’s heated to more than 90 degrees. Even better, the setting couldn’t be more bucolic—flowering shrubs all around. We’re at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Willow Stream Spa,

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Sonoma County: the right locale for a trip with a grown-up kid
Cloverdale, Sonoma County

Sonoma County: the right locale for a trip with a grown-up kid

Who says grown kids don’t want to travel with their parents? I don’t get to see my daughter that often and was determined to make our few days together as fun and as stress-free as possible for both of us. The key, I discovered, is choosing the right locale.

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Exploring Bodega Bay CA – bike rides, redwoods, great food
Bikes at Bodega Bay Lodge

Exploring Bodega Bay CA – bike rides, redwoods, great food

People come to Bodega Bay to watch the whales, hike among the huge Coast redwoods -- some are 1,000 years old and 250 feet tall like in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville -- and of course, eat.

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