There’s plenty to do in Central Sonoma County. The Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, north of Guerneville, is packed with ancient redwood trees and laced with secret trails waiting to be explored. To get an above-ground view, check out Sonoma Canopy Tours in Occidental, where you’ll zip high above the ground through 2,000 year-old redwoods trees.
Business and culture revolve around the thriving city of Santa Rosa. Fun-for-any-age activities include the Charles M. Schulz Museum – home to the largest collection of Peanuts comic strips in the world.
Wine tasting is a must, of course, and MacPhail Tasting Lounge at the Barlow in Sebastopol offers flights of their small-batch Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in a low-key atmosphere.
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