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Comfort food with a Southern drawl

Unique summer travel experience ideas in Northern California

Sonoma County, CA, – Known for it’s amazing weather, spectacular scenery and a scrumptious culinary and libations scene, Sonoma County is popular travel destination for Placer County and Northern California adventure seekers.

With summer in high gear, here’s a few new outdoor experiences worth a look.

Note: Visitors and residents are asked to continue to wear face coverings in public and practice physical distancing.

Wine Tasting in the Redwoods at Chenoweth Wines

Chenoweth Wines

After 90 years of hosting weddings and other parties in the Redwood Grove at Chenoweth Wines, this magical outdoor retreat now opens to visitors for wine tastings of their ultra-premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rosé varietals. Highlighting their commitment to small lot production wine that’s a reflection of Sonoma County, Chenoweth’s new experience is paired with local cheeses from neighboring Valley Ford Cheese Company in one of the most beautiful outdoor settings you’ll find in Sonoma County.

Enjoy wines made from grapes harvested from the Chenoweth estate vineyard on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Parties between 4 and 12 guests must reserve their spot. More » https://www.chenowethwines.com/

Botanical Elixirs at FloraLuna in Petaluma

Enjoy FloraLuna’s small batch craft elixir bitters and syrups with your favorite craft cocktails, mocktails and botanical sodas. Inspired by old-world apothecaries and historic alchemists, FloraLuna’s products are handcrafted, weaving unexpected flavors together in a heightened sensorial experience. Try the Coffee Cocoa Peppercorn Bitters, Cayenne Ginger Bitters, Tulip Magnolia Bitters, Pistachio Cherry Syrup, and more!

Owner Phaedra Achor took home medals for all 10 of her gorgeous, handcrafted bitters submitted at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. FloraLuna’s elixirs are made with organic and wild harvested botanicals and non-GMO ingredients, and available for online orders, curbside pick-up and free local delivery Thursday through Friday. More » https://www.floralunaapothecary.com/

Blue Ridge Kitchen opens at The Barlow

Enjoy timeless California comfort food with a Southern drawl at the new Blue Ridge Kitchen, opening at The Barlow in Sebastopol. Dig into the stunning seafood tower featuring lobster tail, daily ceviche, and jumbo shrimp, or indulge in Southern favorites like shrimp po’boys, fried chicken platters, and collard greens. Reinvented dishes include avocado toast topped with ham, roasted cauliflower steak and ahi tuna tartare. Finally, for those craving meaty meats, share a tomahawk steak with friends, try the rigatoni sugo with braised pork cheek, or experience their hardwood smoked prime rib.

Located in the Barlow in Sebastopol, this farmhouse-style restaurant is designed for family-style sharing, with features that include a live wood grill showpiece, a full cocktail bar and an outdoor patio. Blue Ridge Kitchen delivers the level of creativity and quality you would expect from a fine dining establishment, but with the approachability and comfort of a neighborhood staple. https://www.brkitchen.com

SingleThread Rooftop Garden Wine Bar

Lounge at the rooftop gardens of SingleThread, the three-star Michelin restaurant in Healdsburg, which is turning its private rooftop wine bar into a summer rooftop garden wine bar for the public. Opening August 6, guests can savor dishes from the kitchen, which are supplied by produce from the SingleThread farm and artisanal products from the local community. Wine Director Rusty Rastello invites guests to enjoy a by-the-glass and by-the-bottle wine list including a selection of Champagne, local wines, and Old-World selections.

Visit the rooftop garden wine bar between 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and between 2:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays. Bookings can be made on Tock as of August 1st, while walk-ins will also be welcome.
More » https://www.singlethreadfarms.com

Al fresco dining on Santa Rosa’s 4th Street

Dining service has moved outdoors and onto parts of Santa Rosa’s 4th Street at Old Courthouse Square. Surrounding restaurants like Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven, Beer Baron Bar & Kitchen, and Russian River Brewing Company are now serving directly on 4th street for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Enjoy a pint of Pliny al fresco directly on 4th Street, sip and savor an amazing selection of whiskies and small bites at Beer Baron, or bask in the sun for happy hour at Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Taproom. Bring your face coverings, sunglasses, and hats to enjoy a charming day dining out with friends and family.

Casa Secoya opens in Guerneville

Embrace the outdoor lifestyle and explore Monte Rio, California at Casa Secoya. Set amidst the famous redwoods, Casa Secoya is set on three acres of an open and sunny glade, across the street from the famed Northwood Golf Course. It has several room styles, and two different types of cabins that are tucked in the redwoods. Escape to Casa Secoya for a peaceful location and comfortable accommodations near Monte Rio, California.

Located along the Bohemian Highway, Monte Rio is situated on a section of the Russian River that is characterized by mystical redwoods, riverside activities, peaceful golf greens, and of course, Sonoma County wineries. More » https://www.casasecoya.com/

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