Local Experiences

Adventure Awaits in Sonoma

From vineyard to coastline, there’s a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed around the area. Wander whichever way you please, or trust the team at the Stavrand to guide you with expert insiders' tips.

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Explore the Russian River Valley, a premier destination for wine lovers the world over. Stroll the half mile from the Stavrand across the historic pedestrian bridge directly into Equality Vines in downtown Guerneville.  Experience 25 separate tasting rooms encompassing Sonoma County’s best wines in nearby Healdsburg.  Or, take a scenic drive to the beautiful Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery In Sebastopol to experience a unique blend of Old World Catalonian wine imbued with California flavor and hospitality.  Round out your ‘women in wine’ experience with a visit to the much-lauded Merry Edwards Winery.

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Sonoma Zipline Adventures

Take a thrilling ride above the canopy of Sonoma’s famed redwoods, flying from tree to tree amidst panoramic views.  Multiple zip lines, sky bridges, and rappelling to the forest floor
are all part of the adventure.

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Parks and
Natural Vistas

Lose yourself in even more redwoods at the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, just 2.5 miles north of the Stavrand. Admire 1,400-year-old majestic trees and learn why insiders prefer this park to the more-touristed Muir Woods.  Take a quick jaunt to the Jenner coast to Goat Rock Beach, part of the 17-mile stretch of the Sonoma Coast State Park, where you can spot whale migrations and visit a bustling sea lion colony.  Or, pack a picnic lunch for the low-key Riverfront Regional Park with its small lakes, BBQ pits, and multi-use trails — dogs allowed!

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Golf Club

Consistently rated as one of the best short courses in the world, the Northwood Golf Club is only minutes away in Monte Rio, meandering down the Russian River.  Designed by the famous Dr. Alister MacKenzie (who also created the Augusta National), this unique and beautiful course is set amidst the towering Redwoods.

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Safari West

Visit the Serengeti, only 30 minutes away from the Stavrand.  One of only 6 accredited private zoos in the United States, Safari West combines conservation, education, and the ability to get close to giraffes, rhinoceros, antelope, cheetahs, zebras, hyenas, and other exotic wildlife in a one-of-a-kind Sonoma experience.

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Day Spa Sanctuary

Replenish and rejuvenate with a Cedar Enzyme Bath, a therapeutic body and massage treatment from Japan.  Meditate in the Zen Gardens and partake in a tea ceremony before your Enzyme Bath to make the most of your restorative experience.

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Cheese Trail

Visit the wide array of local producers along this beloved small-roads route.  Check out the herd of Alpine dairy goats at the Bohemian Creamery; experience proper British cheese at the nearby Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers; taste cheese in the style of the Portuguese Azores at the Matos Cheese Factory in Santa Rosa.

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SUP Odyssey

Explore the Russian River atop a stand-up paddleboard instead of a traditional canoe (or kayak) provided by the Stavrand. Offering lessons and instruction, this is a great introduction to SUP, and affords the chance to explore the river in a mindful way.