5 Places to beat the heat in Sonoma County

It is going to be a hot one this weekend. Here are 5 places to beat the heat:

1) Lake Isanjo

I love Lake Isanjo because it is rarely crowded. Even on a hot weekend there maybe less than 20 people around this large lake. Why? Because it’s hard to get to! Parking is a good 2+ mile hike away. Yes, it’s hard to get to, but it’s worth it.

  • Park at Spring Lake and hike the Spring Creek Trail up to the Lake. It’s worth it.

  • Or park at Annadel State Park and hike Warren Richardson Trail 2.5 miles to the lake

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A picnic bench sits at the shore line of Lake Isanjo

  • Where: Annadel State Park but best access is from parking at Spring Lake Park 5585 Newanga Ave Santa Rosa
  • Fee: Parking $7 at Spring Lake
  • Dogs: No dogs in Annadel State Park
  • More Information: Annadel

2) Spring Lake Lagoon:

It’s much easier to get to but it can be crowded on a hot weekend. The good news is that most kids don’t care if it’s crowded. There is a great inflatable playground that kids love and the Otter cafe is a nice place to enjoy an adult beverage.

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Spring Lake Lagoon with inflatable water playground

  • Where: 393 Violetti Rd Santa Rosa
  • Fee: $7 parking
  • Dogs: not allowed on beach
  • More information: Spring Lake

3) Riverfront Park

This is a great place because it’s a 1-mile hike to the river so a lot of people won’t do it. The shoreline is covered by a canopy of trees, and it’s a nice cool place to spend the day. Bring food and drink because there is nowhere to buy food. From the parking lot, walk directly through the park on the service road past the percolation ponds till the road makes a sharp left turn. Instead of turning and staying on the road, go straight you’ll see a trail to the river.

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Riverfront Park

  • Where: 7821 Eastside Rd Healdsburg
  • Fee:  $7 parking (Free with county park pass)
  • Dogs:  Yes on <6' leash
  • More information: Riverfront

4) Del Rio Woods Beach

Del Rio Woods Beach is a newer park along the Russian River. It is a parking lot only, and there is only room for about 20 cars so get there before it gets too hot or you won’t be able to park your car

  • Where: 2749 Rio Wood Road Healdsburg
  • Fee:  $7 parking (Free with county park pass)
  • Dogs: Yes < 6' leash
  • More information: Del Rio Woods

5 ) Doran Beach

Doran is a 2 mile stretch of beach with tons of parking although, on hot afternoons, park rangers might close the entrance if the park gets too full. On really hot days I recommend getting there before noon.

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Beautiful Doran Beach in Bodega Bay

  • Where: 201 Doran Beach Rd Bodega Bay
  • Fee: $7 parking (free with county park pass)
  • Dogs: Yes <6' leash required
  • More information: Doran

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Rincon Valley’s Wine Country Polo

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Wine Country Polo

I wonder how many people know that they can watch polo free in Rincon Valley at the Wine Country Polo Club field? I went to my first game this last weekend and had an absolute blast!  Polo is a fast moving game with only 8 players (4 per side) on the field at a time.  To prevent exhaustion to the horses, each quarter is only 7:30 mins each.   There is 1 umpire on horseback.

There are plenty of places to watch the matches for free, or you may prefer to pay to have a more luxurious experience, as we did.  This particular event, photographed below, was a benefit for Wounded Veterans and was $180 per plate.  Lunch was delicious, and wine tasting  generous.

Generally, polo can be watched most weekends at the Wine County Polo fields beginning at 9:30 am through Oct 1st 2017.  Additional practice/play can be observed on Thursdays beginning at 3:30.

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

 

Hike with your hound

Hey Rincon Valley, looking for some exercise that’s close to home? Take your dog for a Hike with the Hounds at Taylor Mountain Regional Park tonight (Thursday Aug 17) for an energetic sunset hike.

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Bagel and Jerry are up for the task
  • When: Thurs Aug 17th 5:30 pm
  • Where: Taylor Mountain Regional Park , 3820 Petaluma Hill Road
  • Bring: your dog w/ 6′ leash (or shorter), water, doggie waste bag
  • Registration: required at Son Co. Reg. Parks 707.483.0940
  • Cost: 7$ parking unless you have a park pass

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 

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

Healdsburg Water Carnival

 

72cdefb7ba1f46c406ec5f1b89180038The annual Healdsburg Water Carnival is coming next weekend to Memorial Beach in Healdsburg. This has been a Sonoma County tradition since 1905. The carnival hasn’t exactly been uninterrupted, WWII, and the retrofitting of the Healdsburg bridge have caused the festival to skip some years.

The carnival brings in thousands of guests who want to enjoy a safe (lifeguarded) place to swim while enjoying water floats, a 60′ water slide, music, food, and vendors from around the county.

This year, the carnival benefits Sonoma County Regional Parks “Water Safety Patrol” program. The program consists of bilingual parks staff and lifeguards who travel up and down the river passing out free life vests for nonswimmers who want to play in the water.

Healdsburg Water Carnival Sandy the swan

Come enjoy this one-day festival Saturday, July 15th 11 am – 5 pm.

Water Festival Events:
Floating wine barrel races
Zoom Flume 60′ river slide
Kids games
Live music: Rosetown Soul (R&B review)
Pedal boats
Food trucks to include:
     Diaz Catering
     Rossoti’s Hot Dogs
     The Wurst
     And more…

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A Healdsburg tradition since 1905

When: Saturday, July 15th 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Memorial Beach 15 Healdsburg Ave Healdsburg, CA
Cost: Free for walk-in. Standard park parking fee
More info: Carnival

 

 

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.  

 

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  • Saint Francis Property
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 Originally posted on ActiveRain 7/10/2017

 

Walk, Wine, Woof

Kunde Winery and the Sonoma County Humane Society team up for a great outdoor wine experience that you can share with the one you love.

 

2016-04-30 11.38.49.jpgFor the second time, I have taken my dogs over to Kunde Winery for a guided wine tasting hike through the vineyards.  The hikes vary in length and route.   They seem be  4 miles +/- and last about 3 hours.

The hikes take place on Saturday mornings.  The number of hikers and dogs is limited so advance registration is required.  Hikers and their dogs meet at the Kunde tasting room, 9825 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood, at 9:00 am. for a pre-hike check in and to get a wine glass for each human over 21.  The hikes are $60 (2016 price).  A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Sonoma County Humane Society, and Canine Companions.

We departed for the vineyard with our guide, Jeff Kunde and his dog cooper at about 9:20.  We were able to take the dogs off leash as soon as we crested the first hill.    For the rest of the hike, the dogs were able to remain off leash, and were allowed to run free through the vineyard and play in the many irrigation ponds.

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Could this be an adoption in the making?

Our first tasting of wine came within 15 minutes, a Sauvignon Blanc.  A perfect choice at 9:45 am.  Later tastings were Chardonnay, Old Vine Zinfandel, and blend or two.  Of course there were strategically placed dog watering stations so nobody had to go thirsty.

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At the completion of the hike we were served a buffet lunch with an endless supply of wines to taste.  Doggy treats and flavored water  (bacon, mojito, and of course garden hose) for the dogs.

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If you want to try something different with your best friend, check out one of these hikes.  Here is a link to the 2016 schedule: Schedule .  You can also call the hospitality desk at 707.833.5501 ext 334.  As of this writing, more hikes are scheduled in July, and in October.

Historic Quarries hike in Annadel Friday

Friday May 13th join park historians for a hike to old basalt quarries in Annadel State Park

Melitta quarryStone quarries in Annadel provided stonemasons with the material to build most of the historic buildings that are still standing in Railroad square today. The stones were also shipped to SF after the 1906 earthquake to help rebuild the city. On Friday May 13th, you can accompany a state historical volunteer on a 5 mile hike in Annadel State Park to see the historic quarries that helped build Santa Rosa and the north bay.

The hike meets at 9 a.m. at the North Burma trailhead on Channel Drive in Rincon Valley. The cost is $7 per car to enter the park. People who do not mind walking a bit, can park for free outside the park on Channel Drive in a dirt pullout. Beware, car burglaries are common so hide your valuables or bring them with you. No reservation needed.

Wear comfortable hiking clothes and bring plenty of water. This is a moderate hike with a 900’ gain in elevation. No dogs are allowed in the park.

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Montgomery Village Free Saturday Concerts 2015

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A few years ago I saw that Montgomery Village was hosting free concerts at the shopping center on Saturday afternoons.  I dismissed it as a publicity stunt to steal customers away from the big mall downtown,  and to get more people out shopping at the Village. DSCN0572

Last Saturday I happened to find myself at Montgomery Village and heard a live band doing a really good cover of the Tom Petty song I Wont Back Down.  I realized it was probably that very publicity stunt designed to get me shopping, but since I love Tom Petty songs, I decided to check it out.

I found the Petty Theft band hard at work playing most of Tom Petty’s  hits, and playing them VERY WELL.  I hung out for awhile and enjoyed the music with a beer I bought at the hospitality booth.  There was a crowd of people sitting at tables, some standing, and some dancing in front of the stage.  I plan to be back next week.

The shows are free, with all proceeds from alcohol sales going to local charities.  That’s a cause I don’t mind drinking for.

Here are the details:

Every Saturday noon – 3 pm Montgomery Village Shopping Center in the Village Court.  Food and beverages available for sale.

Ends October 10th

2015 summer lineup:

June 6 – Pop Fiction (70’s, 80’s, 90’s dance)

June 13 – Notorious (80’s dance)

June 20 – Paperback Writer (Beatles tribute)

June 21 (SUNDAY) – Catch a Wave (Beach music tribute)

June 27 – Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffet tribute)

July 4 (SUNDAY) – Sh-Boom (rock’n roll oldies)

July 11 – Johnny Vegas & The High Rollers (rock’n soul revue)

July 18 – Summer of Love/Big Bad Boogie Rock (super charged 70’s & 80’s)

July 25 – Nathan Owens & Legends of Motown ( Motown tribute)

Aug 1 – Super Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute)

Aug 8 – Tainted Love (80’s tribute)

\Aug 22 – California Beach Boys (Beach Boys tribute)

Aug 29 – Foreverland (Michael Jackson tribute)

Sep 5 – Caravanserai (Santana tribute)

Sep 6 (SUNDAY) – Rick Lenzi & Roustabout (Elvis tribute)

Sep 12 – Mustache Harbor (Soft rock)

Sept 19 – Sun Kings (Beatles tribute)

Sep 26 – Chicago Tribute Authority (Chicago tribute)

Oct 3 –  Rebel Yell (80’s tribute)

Oct 10 – Pride and Joy (Motown)

If you know of a free event in or around RIncon Valley that you’d like to share, let me know in the comments section below.  I’ll check it out, and write a post about it.

Friday Night Live Free Concerts in Cloverdale

DSCN0620Generally I write about free events in or close to Rincon Valley, but Cloverdale has really done a great job hosting free concerts in their town plaza during their farmers market on Friday evenings.

Cloverdale kicked their summer concert series off with the Tommy Castro Band which really packed in a crowd.  Plenty of seating is available on the lawn, with standing room along the perimeter of the plaza.  Running concurrently with the concert is the town’s farmers market.  Not only can you buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but plenty of food venders are on hand to provide a nice selection of dinner options.  Beer and wine is available for sale.

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Cloverdale’s Friday Night Live is definitely worth the drive !

Details:

Every Friday evening through Sept 4th, 7pm – 9pm

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Cloverdale Plaza

2015 Line up:

June 19 – JP Harris & The Tough Choices (country)

June 26 – Big Sandy & His Fly-RIte Boys (western swing)

July 3 – Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (modern soul)

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July 17 – The Stone Foxes (rock & roll)

July 24 – Las Cafeterias (afro-mexican)

July 31 – Orgone (heavy funk)

Aug 7 – The Mother Hips (folk)

Aug 14 – Con Brio (soul)

Aug 21 – Patrick Sweany (blues rock)

Aug 28 – Dustbowl Revival (americana swing)

Sept 4 – Charlie Musselwhite (blues harmonica)

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Santa Rosa Free Thursday Night Concerts Under the Stars at Montgomery Village

Montgomery Village kicked off it’s Thursday Night Concerts Under the Stars with a Bay Area favorite, Pride and Joy.   Pride and Joy really packed in a crowd.  There were tables set up with ample seating for 6 per table but  Thursday night was standing room only.  The front of the stage was shoulder to shoulder dancing to Pride and Joy’s mix of cover songs including your favorite 70’s and 80’s pop and soul. Pride and Joy Montgomery Village CourtThe bi-weekly concerts take place in the open air Village Court (see map below). VIP tables up front can be reserved for $50, with proceeds benefiting different local charities.  Tables a bit farther from the stage are first come first serve.  Food is available for purchase from Monti’s outdoor grill, and beer and wine are available from the guest services booth.  All alcohol proceeds also benefit local charities. The summer line up includes:DSCN0538 June 11th – Journey revisited June 25th – David Martin’s House Party July 9th – Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot         Skillet Lickers (Swing) July 23rd – Wonderbread 5 (Rock and Roll) July 30th – SuperHuey (Huey Lewis & The News tribute) Aug 6th – Kalimba (Earth Wind, & Fire tribute) Aug 20th – Nicolas Bearde (Jazz)

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(Beer and wine sales)

Sep 10th – Tainted Love (80’s tribute) Sep 17th – Slim Man (Jazz) Sep 24th – Unauthorized Rolling Stones Oct 8th – Sinatra Tribute Band

The series continues every other Thursday evening through October 8th.  Shows start at 5:30 ending at 8pm. For more information, visit: http://www.mvshops.com Leave a remark below if you know of a free or cheap event in Santa Rosa that you want to share.