Plan a trip to Sonoma wine country

Of all California’s wine regions, Sonoma may be the easiest to fall in love with. Visit this laid-back land of vineyard-rich valleys, from Sonoma to Dry Creek to Alexander, with the Russian River thrown in

Russian River Valley activity listings

Canoe, kayak, swim, get a Zen facial and buy farm fresh produce

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Getting there

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1 | Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Armstrong has towering coast redwoods alongside the Russian River. Beside it is Austin Creek State Recreation Area, whose more open terrain has camp sites.
 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville; 707/869-2015

2 | Canoe and kayak
Generations of Northern Californians have first put paddle to water here on the Russian River. Outfitters include Burke’s Canoe Trips (8600 River Road, Forestville; 707/887-1222; burkescanoetrips.com), River’s Edge Canoe and Kayak (13840 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 800/345-0869; riversedgekayakandcanoe.com), and SOAR (20 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707/433-5599; soar1.com).

3 | Sonoma County Farm Trails
While vineyards have displaced some of Sonoma County’s fabled fruit orchards, the county is still a paradise for the fresh produce lover. The largest concentration of growers are in the Sebastopol and Russian River areas.
 800/207-9464; farmtrails.org

5 | Osmosis
If your idea of heaven is a cedar enzyme bath followed by a Zen harmony facial, then this soothing Asian-influenced day spa is the place for you.
 209 Bohemian Highway, Freestone; 707/823-8231; osmosis.com

6 | The Gardener
Lots of outdoor furniture and a garden that'll make you green with envy.
 516 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg; 707/431-1063

7 | Healdsburg Farmers Market
Local celebrity chefs buy their produce here.
4-6:30 Tue through Oct (between Healdsburg Ave. and Center, Matheson, and Plaza Streets); 9-noon Sat through Nov (North and Vine Streets).

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