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Inside Winter Fun in Sonoma County Indoor Recreation in Sonoma County
January 1, 2013

By Aleta Copestakes

This is my first winter back in California in 7 years, and I must admit that I’m really enjoying the sunshine and warm-ish weather (compared to Colorado, where I had been hiding out all that time). Winters are mild here, rainy days are broken up by sunshine and the birds never stop singing, the temperature rarely gets below freezing and plants sprout new life. I’ve only worn my winter coat a handful of times, and I have been stubborn to put away my flip-flops.

My point behind all this is that winter is no reason to stop being active. There are so many activities to enjoy year-round, even when it’s pouring rain outside. And though I would encourage you to continue enjoying our beautiful outdoors, there are tons of indoor activities to try as well.

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Floating Down the Russian River Floating Down the Russian River
August 1, 2012

By Aleta Taylor

Lucky us, we live in Vacation Wonderland and home of  the Russian experienced floating on the water. Whether on a raft, canoe, inner tube, or swimming, the ever-changing scenery as you float downstream is both stimulating and relaxing. There are many areas along the river to put-in your floating device, some more populated than others.

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Sonoma County's Bike Commuter of the year 2013 Great Bike Rides in Sonoma County
May 25, 2016
As the weather warms up and the days get longer, outside starts a calling. There are some many things to do around our county that it is hard to pick one. However, for some there is only one thing that comes to mind: Bike riding.
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Cuban city promenade Reflections on My First Trip to Cuba
January 27, 2016
If you have never been to Cuba, you cannot really imagine it. Any American steeped in 55 years of anti-Castro rhetoric cannot begin to dream up the real Cuba. Sure, part of it takes one into a time warp with beautifully maintained 1950s vintage cars and old broken down trucks spewing diesel fumes, but that’s only one of the many sides of Cuba.
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Cittaslow Sebastopol Cittaslow Sebastopol Survey Winners
May 8, 2014
Many thanks to all those who completed our What To Do In Sebastopol Survey. We received 231 surveys filled with great places to take a visitor and show off our town.
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Dog Friendly Camping in Sonoma County, CA Good Places To Put Your Paws Down For The Weekend Or A Week Or...
August 1, 2013
Hi! I'm Bean. I travel on four legs, which help me get everywhere faster. Even though I'm a dog, I like my roommates, the cats, though they don't compare with the humans who scratch where I itch and are better at throwing sticks.  Last night a horrible rumbling and flashing of light scared me so bad, my knees shook as I stumbled in the dark to curl up next to the bed where my family slept. I finally fell asleep to the sound of rain clattering on the skylight.
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Where the River Meets the Waves
August 1, 2013
It’s summer, and time to get outdoors. Looking for something new? Wish to have fun and leave a light carbon footprint at the same time? Then visit one of Sonoma County’s hidden gems, the Russian River Estuary, and paddle through it in a kayak.
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Healdsburg Water Carnival Healdsburg Water Carnival - part of the Russian River Festival
July 10, 2013

Wine Barrel Races, Russian River Parade
benefits Memorial Beach and Sunrise Rotary Children's programs

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Sonoma County Regional Parks New Website Sonoma County Regional Parks New Website
April 23, 2013

New Features Help Viewers Plan Park Visits

Sonoma County Regional Parks has redesigned its website,, with interactive features making it easier to explore Sonoma County’s beaches, mountains and valleys.

The site was designed to give county residents and visitors new resources and ideas for getting out and getting active in the parks. It has a cleaner look, improved navigation, more photographs and graphics, and expanded links to social media. 

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Food First Delegation to South Korea Food First Delegation to South Korea Explores Land, Food and Democracy
March 1, 2013
Behind the hyper-modernization that South Korea is known for in mainstream media, this nation of 50 million people is a fascinating mix of ancient and modern, tradition and innovation. This fall, Oakland-based food think tank the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First will bring travelers to South Korea to explore the country’s fascinating food and agriculture, for an experience rarely experienced by tourists.
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Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail Open to Public
November 16, 2012
A 2.4-mile trail in the Laguna de Santa Rosa opened to the public on Friday, Nov. 16, giving hikers, cyclists and equestrians a new route through the unique landscape of Sonoma County's largest freshwater wetland. 
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Sonoma County Regional Parks - Pinnacle Gulch Sonoma County Regional Parks - Vacation at Home part 3
August 7, 2012

By Meda Freeman

On summer weekends, it’s not unusual for Doran Beach to get so busy that rangers have to turn away visitors. On these same afternoons, it’s also not unusual for several lovely beaches south of Doran to be practically deserted.

When Doran is covered with kids and campers, the beaches at Pinnacle Gulch are occupied by just a few beachcombers and sunbathers. 

Why the difference?

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Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals Sonoma County Guide to Pools, Rivers, Lakes and Boat Rentals
August 1, 2012

Summer is all about playing in the our rivers, lakes and swimming pools

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know is how to if you don’t know yet - take lessons or use a life vest for safety.

Researched and complied by Kate Vassey
If we’ve missed any - please le us know and well update our Resource Guide – ~ THANK YOU

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Sonoma County Fair Summer Fun Sonoma County Fair Summer Fun
June 27, 2012

By Christy Gentry

Fairgoers can expect some great new features along with their all-time favorites at this year’s Sonoma County Fair, which runs July 25-August 12 (Closed Mondays). Withfree admission for kids on Fridays and seniors on Thursdays, plus Two Good to be True Tuesdays - $20 covers general admission and unlimited carnival rides - this event continues to provide affordable fun for all ages.

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Sonoma County River Parks Sonoma County River Parks
June 27, 2012

By Meda Freeman
Sonoma County Regional Parks

Think you know the Russian River? If you’re a local, you probably have a favorite bend in the river you return to every summer. But do you realize the river stretches 100 miles from Mendocino County to the Sonoma Coast? That’s a lot of shoreline to explore, so make it a point this summer to see a part of the river new to you. 

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