Outdoor Activities in Sonoma County
The climate and landscape in our part of Sonoma County combine to make it an ideal location for outdoor activities. Unlike the sometimes oppressive heat of the inland valleys, we are very fortunate to have warm sunny days that are tempered by cool breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean. The West Sonoma Inn & Spa is just a four-minute walk from Johnson’s Beach, where you can sunbathe, picnic with friends or rent a kayak or canoe to paddle on the Russian River.
Hike Among the Redwoods or on the Sonoma Coast
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, a unique grove of coastal redwoods, is just two miles away. Hiking amidst the 2000-year-old, 250-feet-tall trees is an experience not to be missed. We suggest a pleasant stroll on the forest floor, an activity that is also wheelchair accessible. More challenging trails are available for the energetic, and horseback riding is available in the park as an exceptional alternate way to experience the majestic scenery.
Beach horseback riding is available a short drive away at Chanslor Ranch near Bodega Bay. Other coastal activities include fishing, whale watching and a variety of educational environmental programs provided by the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.
Sonoma County Is a cyclist’s paradise. Bike riding is a popular activity throughout the year, with roads and trails shaded by our picturesque redwoods and hills. Bike rentals are available nearby. The Amgen Tour of California (a bike race modeled after the Tour de France) is held in February and often follows a route close by the inn.
West Sonoma County has inspired landscape artists and photographers for generations. From vineyards, orchards and manicured gardens to soaring redwoods and rugged seashores, artists have an extraordinary range of landscapes and vistas from which to choose. Three miles downriver in Monte Rio is the Northwood Golf Course, designed in 1928 by noted architect Alister MacKenzie. Golfers enjoy this unique, scenic and challenging golf course, which is open year-round.
For further information about the activities listed, call us at 707-869-2874.