Walk, Wag, Wine

It’s time for another Kinde Vineyard dog walk around the vineyards.  I’ve done this hike a few times, and it is one of my favorite dog walks.  The hike is led by Kunde wine grower  Jeff Kunde and his dog.  Be prepared to hike 4-5 miles through the hills and vineyards of the Kunde Winery.  The hike is strenuous, reaching altitudes of 1400 ft.

Every mile or so there is a place to stop and rest under an oak tree, and  to enjoy a Kunde varietal wine.  Starting with cool whites, moving to reds and blends.  Enjoy seeing the 100-year-old vines and beautiful views of the Valley of the Moon all while letting Fido run leash free through the vineyards.

The hike sells out, so make your reservation soon.  A portion of the hike benefits the Sonoma County Humane Society.

  • What: Kunde Vineyard Dog Hike
  • Where: Kunde Vineyard 9825 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood
  • When: Saturday Sept 30 9am
  • Cost: $75
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I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Wine Country Horse Racing

It’s fair time in Sonoma County. The fairgrounds in Santa Rosa are alive with food vendors, carnival rides, livestock exhibits, concerts, the famous Hall of Flowers, and of course Wine Country Horse Racing.

The fair runs from now until Aug 13th and is located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds 1350 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa, CA.

Horse racing dates:
Aug 3-6
Aug 10-13
Aug 18-20 (post fair race)

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Hat Day at the Sonoma County Fair

This photo was taken of Gwen and me at the track on opening day. We attended a special “Hat Day” event which included lunch, grandstand seating, and a hat competition. The photograph was taken by WB Photography of Santa Rosa who always does an outstanding job capturing the fair’s excitement.  Click on the link to see more great picture of the fair and opening day: WB Photography

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

What Buyers Want

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I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert. Tourism Ambassador 

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Okay, maybe not tigers unless you count the Tiger Salamander. Most locals do know mountain lions are a commons sight in the hills of Sonoma County. On August 2nd, a black bear was caught on a wildlife camera up in Sugarloaf State Park wandering the trails about 6pm.

 

 

Wildlife experts say bear do wander in the hills between Sonoma and Napa Counties, although they are rarely seen. The presence of bear in the park is good indicator of a healthy park that is able to support a diverse population of wildlife.

 

Bear experts say black bear are shy however it is recommended you avoid them should you know they are in the area. The best prevention is to make noise while hiking so a bear will have time to run and hide without being surprised or feeling trapped in by an unsuspecting hiker.

Food and Music at the Wednesday Night Market

Give your kitchen the night off and eat at the Wednesday Night Santa Rosa Market

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It’s humpday and you deserve a mid week break. Treat yourself to a few hours of chatting with friends and neighbors, and enjoy a nice selection of food venders at the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Farmer’s Market. It is located on 4th Street between Mendocino Ave & E St.

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Last week I bought a juicy polish sausage and took it over to the beer garden where I bought six 4 oz beer/wine tastings and enjoyed live music performed by Court’n Disaster.

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Every Wednesday night live music is performed by a Northern California band. Music is free, and performed generally 5pm – 8:30. This years line up is:

  • July 13th – Pride and Joy
  • July 20th – The California Cowboys
  • July 27th – Bautista
  • Aug 3rd – The Caribbean All-Stars
  • Aug 10th – Blues Burners
  • Aug 17th – The Moonlighters

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

Agents are getting younger

DSCN1110The National Association of Realtors announced this month that, based on member profiles, Realtors are younger than ever. The average age of a Realtor decreased from 57 to 53 years old. That’s a big jump in 1 year. Realtors under 30 years old doubled last year to 5 % from 2% previously, and Realtors over 65 decreased to 16% from 25%. It seems more millennials are getting into the business. This could be favorable for young buyers who will enjoy using the technologies employed by these fresh professionals. The down side is that 1 in 5 Realtors now has less than 1 year in the profession.

 

 

 

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador