Sonoma Overlook Trail
If you are new to hiking and looking for an easy route, this one’s for you. Try this 2.5-mile kid-friendly trail and enjoy the beautiful views of nature. The route is a bit rocky, so choose footwear accordingly. For this one, please leave your dogs at home.
Pomo Canyon Red Hill Trail
This beautiful redwood trail uphill is a 6.2-mile loop and is considered moderate. If you are into bird watching and nature tripping, you will definitely love this. Enjoy the hike alone or with family and friends. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed.
Umbrella Tree Trail
Short, sweet, and strenuous! This trail is perfect for keeping the children (and children-at-heart) off the computer and enjoying the real world. Finishing the two-mile loop will surely squeeze the endorphins out of the body and bring an enchanted feeling because of the consistent elevation and a fantastic view at the top.
Fitch Mountain Park & Open Space Preserve
Need some muscle stretching together with your four-legged buddy? Try this three-mile loop to find a beautiful forest at the end of the trail, perfect to practice solitude. Just don’t forget to snap a pic of your map before you head out, as the trailhead is quite tricky. An added adventure for you and your best friend!
Helen Putnam Outer Loop
One of the best reasons to get your heartbeat up is to take this short outer loop with your family (including your favorite pooch). Enjoy a break with beautiful benches on top of the hills. This 2.2-mile loop is worth the workout because of the wildflowers and countless oak woodlands that will quickly capture your attention. A sun-kissed skin after the hike is a plus!
West Ridge Trail
Anxious about navigation? Worry no more with this 8.2-mile West Ridge Trail. This offers a well-signed, open, trail that can be friendly for first-timers (and even the hiking champions). Worth the effort because of the lake and gorgeous views of Sonoma County. Excellent for biking and trail running as well. You can bring your dog on a leash!
3 Bridges Vista Point via Causeway and East Ridge Trail
Blue sky, green grass, cooler temps, and a heart full of gratitude – these are the things you will expect as you take this 5-mile trail. This is perfect for bird watching and nature tripping with your kids and dogs as the trail has a slight elevation. It’s not generally crowded, you can find your groove!
Cucina Paradiso – Italian restaurant in Petaluma (http://www.cucinaparadisopetaluma.com/)
Pasta, wine, and gnocchi? Divine. Absolutely a taste of Italy where the food excels along with the service and the ambiance. Perfect place to impress your friends. An outdoor patio is a plus if you are worried about a crowded place.
FolkTable Restaurant – Female run restaurant in Sonoma’s cornerstone marketplace (https://folktable.com/)
Heaven in the first bite? It’s possible at Folktable Restaurant! A healthy and delicious gem in Sonoma’s cornerstone marketplace featuring its organic, fresh, local, seasonal food. Aside from the flavorful food, this female-run restaurant offers a variety of food choices perfect for family and friends.
Blue Ridge Kitchen – one of the best in Sebastopol’s Barlow location (https://brkitchen.com/)
Another farm-to-table that is perfect for the health-conscious who still don’t want to miss the tickle on the tongue. Every dish creates a flavor bursting memory. The owner is passionate and friendly. You will not be disappointed.
Della Fattoria (Downtown Petaluma) – beautiful brunch location & great atmosphere in Petaluma
Woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Della Fattoria has your back! With its best pastries, bread, and salad together with the most inviting coffee, your morning will surely turn around. Too bad that it’s not open 24 hours to serve you, but you can always enjoy their food from 8 AM to 2 PM and take some treats to go!
HopMonk Tavern (locations in Sonoma and Sebastopol) – Live music and kid-friendly! (https://www.hopmonk.com/sonoma)
Relaxing tables under the trees, distinct bar music, great beer, and mouthwatering food with excellent service rolled into one restaurant. Oh yes, it’s possible! And did I say that this is kid- and vegetarian-friendly too? Be ready to go back!