Memorial through Labor Day is the sweet spot for grabbing a tube, sunscreen, a cooler of beverages (and a bag for your trash to keep the area pristine – thank you!). Relax and enjoy a mellow float down the refreshing river and stop at one of the many pocket beaches along the way for a picnic. Here are two of our favorite places to tube:
- Odd Fellows Park to Johnson’s Beach Directly across the road from Mine + Farm Inn is river access at Odd fellows Park Road Summer Bridge. (3+ mile float)
- Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach with a stop at Mother’s Beach halfway between. (2+ mile float)
Here’s a helpful guide from 7×7 Magazine on planning the ultimate RRV float trip.
Regardless if you kayak, canoe or paddle board, paddling on the Russian River is truly spectacular for all levels of experience. For example, you may see ospreys, bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, cormorants, turtles, sea lions, steelhead and river otters. Paddling season is typically May through November with the autumn months having a fraction of the summer crowds.
- Our preferred place to launch (and swim) is Monte Rio Beach. There’s plenty of parking, it’s dog-friendly, and has a nostalgic concession-stand. More experienced paddlers can take a full-day and go all the way to Jenner where the mouth of the river meets the ocean (11 miles).
- If you are in need of a rental or would like to explore the Russian River with a guide, we suggest checking out Burke’s Canoe Trips, SUP Odyssey, King’s Sport and Tackle, River’s Edge
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A great photo is a treasured memory. Perfect for hobby photographers, Instagram influencers or simply collectors of stunning travel images, the Russian River Valley is filled with diverse and unique scenery all year round.
Drive or hike through towering Redwoods with little to no crowds. There are many trails to choose from – easy, advanced, and dog-friendly. Take Armstrong Woods Road to the park from the downtown stoplight (Guerneville’s second of two total).
Hills and Vineyards
Westside Road and Eastside Road both run between the towns of Forestville and Healdsburg. The area they cover is home for many unique wineries and prized vineyards. The old roads provide some of the slowest driving opportunities! A great trip is to start in either Healdsburg or Forestville, drive one way before noon, spend the day at one end, then drive back later. This way you get to see the area in two different light angles.
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Sonoma County is filled with purveyors so there is always an abundance of fresh and local fare available. The only question you need to ask yourself is, what experience am I in the mood for?
Click here for an an up to date curated list of eateries – outdoor dining, takeaway, and delivery options.
Known for small, family-owned wineries, Sonoma County has three, distinct wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and The Russian River Valley. Home to over 300 wineries, the Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is one of America’s premier grape growing areas. Due to the AVA’s large size, numerous microclimates exist within its boundaries and allow for the production of both warm and cool climate grapes.
Click here for our curated list of wineries in the Russian River Valley – all unique, welcoming and unfussy.
Weed is the new wine and a unique way to compliment your visit to the Russian River Valley. Here at Mine + Farm, we are excited to highlight the local cannabis experience and its rich history.
Click here to read more about the microclimate, cultivars and local dispensaries and delivery options in the area.
Beautiful Sonoma County provides numerous opportunities for year around world class cycling adventures. And exploring by bicycle can be one of the best ways to experience the Russian River Valley. Whether you’re a spandex-loving road racer or a leisurely, laid back bicyclist, there’s always a reason to put those feet on the pedals.
So let’s have some fun exploring a few of Sonoma County’s best routes by clicking here.