Summertime Fun with Fido

Beat those Dog Days of summer Sonoma County-style.  We’ve rounded up a few, popular spots for you to enjoy all that the region has to offer without leaving your four-legged friend at home.  So pack up the family and your canine companions and let’s explore Wine Country.

Spring Lake Regional Park and Howarth Park
This 320-acre park in Santa Rosa features camping, fishing, picnic areas with barbecues, and four group picnic areas. Trails are available for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The park also includes a 3-acre swimming lagoon and a 72-acre lake. Don’t forget to visit the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake for a wonderful educational experience for all ages. Although dogs are allowed within both Spring Lake and Howarth Park, they are not allowed at the swimming lagoon or within Trione-Annadel State Park. Please follow all dog leash laws while visiting the parks.  More information can be found here.

Rocky Memorial Dog Park
Rocky Memorial Dog Park, named after a Petaluma Police canine who saved an officer’s life, is located in Petaluma at West Casa Grande Road and boasts nearly 8 acres’of off-leash fun.  It’s a great place for dogs to socialize and exercise and is a favorite for those visiting Wine Country as it is easily accessible from Highway 101. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year. More information can be found here.

Dillon Beach
Nestled along the coast, just west of the small town of Tomales, is Dillon Beach.  This charming community is full of activity for the whole family. You can go swimming, surfing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cycling, fishing and even search the tide pools! There are no leash laws and they welcome dogs if they are friendly and get along with other dogs and people. There is a parking fee to access the beach and park your car for the day.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve
The 155-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve consists of a wide variety of natural communities including wetlands and oak woodlands, rocky serpentine chaparral and open grasslands. Visitors are welcome to explore the current trail network and experience the spectacular vistas throughout the property. Trails are easy to moderate hiking (2-3 miles) taking in views of Fitch Mountain, the Russian River, and the Mayacamas Mountains.  Dogs are welcome on paved trails only.  More information can be found here.

Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Sonoma Valley Regional Park is in the center of the Sonoma Valley, next to the village of Glen Ellen. The 202-acre park features several miles of trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding and offers the tranquility of a much larger preserve due the quality of habitat and surrounding open space. The park’s main path is a paved, 1.2-mile trail that begins near a wetland and meadow, winds through magnificent oak woodlands and follows a seasonal creek. The trail is ADA accessible, and picnic tables along the way are lovely spots to linger and enjoy the quiet beauty. Several unpaved trails on the hillsides and ridgetops offer looped hiking options. A beautiful 29-acre addition to the park’s northern boundary opened in May 2015, with a trail connection to the center of the park.  The park’s Highway 12 entrance features the off-leash Elizabeth Perrone Dog Park; a shaded, grassy picnic area, barbecues and drinking fountain. The one-acre dog park is fully fenced, with a double-gated entry, a drinking fountain for dogs and a shade gazebo.  More information can be found here.

Don’t forget to bring along plenty of water this time of year….it can get hot out there.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

Top Spots for Kid-Friendly Fun

Keeping the kids entertained can sometimes be a daunting task. Here is a little help to keep them busy, entertained and occupied with local venues the entire family will enjoy.

Scandia Family Fun Center
Spend an afternoon or entire day where the kids will enjoy two 18-hole, mini-golf courses, spinzone, arcade, batting cages, blaster boats with water sprayers and a Lil’ Indy Raceway with single and double cars so parents or older siblings can help steer.

Charles M. Schulz Museum and Snoopy’s Home Ice
A Sonoma County icon for over 40 years, Snoopy’s Home Ice offers a unique atmosphere for families to enjoy recreational ice skating. When it’s time to rest and get off the ice, head over to the Charles M. Schulz Museum and enjoy the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world. Visitors can experience Schulz’s original comic strips, learn about the art of cartooning, watch animated Peanuts specials and documentaries in their theatre and draw their own cartoons in a hands-on education room.

Safari West
An African adventure in the heart of California wine country. Experience an African Safari ride at Safari West, where animals roam free on a Wildlife Preserve. Encounter cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, rhinos and numerous other animals of the savannah. Tour by day or plan an overnight excursion…glamping redefined.

Full House Farm
Enjoy their Farm Life Tour, an educational 90-minute to 2-hour immersion in a small family farm. Meet the horses, chickens, goats, and sheep. At the end of each tour is a tasting of some farm products, such as goat cheese, or cheese cake and our sought-after wine jellies & jams. Tours are at 10:00 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday from May through November (off season tours are available weather permitting.)

Train Town
Located one mile south of the Plaza in Sonoma, Train Town features a quarter scale railroad on 4 miles of track. Each train trip lasts 20-minutes and goes through tunnels, over bridges and makes a stop in Lakeview, a miniature town and petting zoo. In addition to the train, they offer six amusement rides. Best to visit on the weekend in winter and spring, when all attractions are open, weather permitting. Summer open daily.

Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Mania
This Petaluma sticker shop offers 50 minute tours (Monday through Thursday 10:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 2:00) that teach children how stickers are made and ending in the making of a one-of-a-kind sticker art project. Children under 3 free.

Howarth Park
This 152-acre community park provides endless recreational opportunities with a beautiful lake for fishing & boating. Enjoy a softball field, tennis courts, picnic areas, unique playground structures, miles of hiking and jogging trails, and an amusement area featuring a miniature train ride, carousel, animal farm & pony rides. The kids will love it.

Jack London State Historic Park
Explore Jack London state Historic Park in nearby Glen Ellen. Walk, hike, bike, horseback ride, bird watch, take pictures, paint, picnic, relax, learn and enjoy nature!  The main attraction to the Park is certainly the life of namesake, Jack London, famous for his literary achievements as well as his dramatic exploits, exotic travels and adventures.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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