Kayaking and Paddling Wine Country

The weather is warming up so it’s time to hit the water; it’s a great way to beat the heat while enjoy the natural beauty of the region.  There are a host of great locations throughout Wine Country to kayak, canoe and even paddleboard.  The most popular nearby locations for getting on the water are Lake Sonoma and Spring Lake and, of course, the Russian River.  For those wanting to explore the coast, Bodega Bay is the place to be.  Tomales Bay, in neighboring Marin County, also draws kayakers from across the nation.

To get out on the water, you will need equipment, which not a difficult problem to overcome.  There are a number of rental options to get you on the water in no time.  Kayak, paddleboard, and pedal boat rentals are available for $12/hour at Spring Lake through Labor Day. Paddleboards rentals and guided paddleboard tours are available at Riverfront Regional Park in the summer by appointment. For more information, visit russianriverpaddleboards.com.  There are also a number of private kayak rental locations throughout the region.

Paddling the Russian River
The Russian River runs through Sonoma County from Cloverdale in the north to Jenner in the west and has seven Regional Parks located along the shore which provide launch points for kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. Paddling season is typically May through September. As you cover more area when paddling a river, it is great for nature watching allowing people to experience such animals as ospreys, bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, turtles, otters and other birds and wildlife you may not notice on land. Below are some travel times by kayak, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks.

Travel Times by Kayak
Del Rio Woods to Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – 1.5 to 2 hours
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach to Forestville River Access – 4 to 6 hours
Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach – 2 hours
Steelhead Beach to Guerneville River Park – 4 to 5 hours
Guerneville River Park to Monte Rio – 1.5 hours
Monte Rio to the Highway 1 bridge in Jenner – 3-4 hours
Note: If traveling by canoe, add 1 to 2 hours to the kayak times.

Want to explore more?  Here is a quick list of paddling destinations throughout the region, courtesy of Sonoma County Regional Parks:

Riverfront Regional Park – Windsor
Steelhead Beach – Forestville
Sunset Beach – Forestville
Doran Regional Park – Bodega Bay
Spring Lake Regional Park – Santa Rosa
Cloverdale River Park – Cloverdale
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach – Healdsburg
Del Rio Woods – Healdsburg
Westside Regional Park – Bodega Bay

Looking for more adventure?  Here is a great link showcasing numerous additional kayaking and canoeing locations throughout Sonoma County.

So grab that gear and hit the water for a memorable and relaxing adventure the whole family will enjoy.

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.

 

Microadventure: Explore Cloverdale

Looking for a day trip in Wine Country?  Take a short trip North to the town of Cloverdale.  Enjoy the warm and inviting charm of this quaint, small town.  It’s a perfect setting for a relaxing day for you and your family to explore and embrace all that Wine Country has to offer. Located a short 18 miles north of Healdsburg the small community of Cloverdale is often overlooked but still boasts charm and character, offering a nice microadventure for you and your family to enjoy.

9:00 – Arrive in Downtown Cloverdale
Head to Plank Coffee (227 N Cloverdale Blvd) for your favorite caffeinated beverage and baked good to start your day.  Get cozy in one of the large leather chairs and take some time to enjoy your beverage and unwind in a town known for its relaxed and casual attitude.  One Facebook reviewer had this to say about Plank Coffee: ‘The baristas and staff who take my orders are always so welcoming and friendly. Great service, delicious pastries and the best organic coffee and teas. If you like cinnamon, must try the Cinnabang coffee drink!’

10:30 – 12:00 – Explore the Retail Scene
Specializing in one-of-a-kind vintage industrial and mid-century pieces, 14feet. (229 N Cloverdale Blvd) is a sophisticated and elegant home and gift store where you will find a perfect gift for friends, family or even yourself.  They offer relaxing bath and body products as well as home decor items, furniture and kitchen items too.  Enjoy a wonderfully curated retail experience at this eclectic shop.  Nearby Bolt Fabric + Home (219 N Cloverdale Blvd) offers an exciting mix of home decor to blend with high quality quilting fabrics adding a dimension that few fabric stores can boast.

12:00 – 5:00 – Experience Cloverdale
Explore the Past. Explore Cloverdale’s history at the Gould-Shaw House Museum, an authentic 1870s Gothic Revival Cottage, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The adjacent 2,000-square-foot History Center houses a vast artifact collection of the Cloverdale Historical Society.

Experience the Art. Cloverdale, in partnership with nearby Geyserville, has created a trail of high quality outdoor sculptures to peruse. New sculptures are installed each May, and stay in place for a year, when the next set of artworks is put in place.  A total of 34 sculptures are in place for 2016-17.

Taste the Region.  Cloverdale makes a great start for visiting unique tasting rooms in the nearby Alexander and Dry Creek valleys. Plan your trip with a little help from Sonomacounty.com.

Enjoy the Thrill.  For those seeking the ultimate outdoor experience, head to NorCal Skydiving  and experience the adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places in the world. When you jump from more than two miles up, you’ll be falling at 120 mph toward the Russian River which snakes through the Alexander Valley… an unforgettable experience!

5:00 – 7:00 – Dinner in Town
Head back into town and experience some great dining options in this small town packed with so much charm. One recommendation is Savvy on First. Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, with Potato Salad and Pickled Vegetables or the Grilled Spiced Pork Tenderloin, with Ancho BBQ Sauce, White Bean Garlic Puree and Summer Vegetable Succotash. If you are craving Italian, head to Piacére. Try the Gnocchi “Piacére”, House potato ‘dumplings’ in a fresh tomato and light cream sauce combined, or the Chicken Veneziana, Breast of chicken with artichoke and mushrooms in a light marsala sauce. If you find yourself with a hearty appetite after your eventful day,  stop by Hamburger Ranch & Bar-B-Que and try the Baby Back Ribs or Brisket Plate.  You won’t be disappointed.

All in all, a wonderful day full of adventure the whole family will enjoy.  Happy travels!

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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