“Right Here. In the Middle of Everything.”
Starks Steak House, Sonoma County
Levi’s Gran Fondo
Many people find the roads and routes within Sonoma County challenging so they leave the transportation and planning to us. Do the same, and you will have a safe experience from a local with inside information. Relax!
These are some of the adventures we have experienced:
Tracing the route of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank from his Home and Gardens
- Mountain Biking at Annadel State Park with bikes rented from our neighbors at Trek Bikes, followed by a brewery tour of Russian River Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Company and Third Street Aleworks.
- Tracing the route of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank from his Home and Gardens (just steps away) in Santa Rosa to his Gold Ridge Experiment Farm, with a stop at the Barlow and historic places in the West County. Included visits to organic farms and markets. We have used both bikes and motorcar for this adventure.
- Getting to know Santa Rosa citizen Charles M Schulz and the Peanuts Gang from the museum and research center, as well as viewing the numerous public domain sculpture throughout Santa Rosa
- Learning the history of Native Peoples (Pomo and Miwok) from this region by participating in basket making, powwows, and trips to both native art and cultural museums (experience the difference between the two).
- Kayaking in the Russian River Estuary and seeing seals, sea otters, bald eagles, steelhead, hundreds of types of birds and the occasional glimpse of whales passing by. Followed by a short hike to see where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean at dusk.
- Amazing and amusing ourselves over the life of Robert Ripley, creator of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Born here in our neighborhood on Christmas Day 1890, his museum is steps away in the Church of One Tree – a church made from only one redwood tree – Believe It or Not!
Kayaking the Russian River
Armstrong Woods Preserve, Sonoma County
- Hiking through thousand year-old Redwood trees in the Armstrong Woods Preserve and throughout the Russian River Valley. Followed by a farm-to-table meal on the Russian River and Austin Creek.
- Imagined living the life of writer Jack London by seeing his home and farm and visiting his favorite places in the Valley of the Moon.
- Tasting the wines produced from our 16 American Viticulture Areas in Sonoma County. Wine grape varieties included: (Reds – I liked them all) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, Charbono, Dolcetto, Barbera, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, and Petite Syrah; (Whites) Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Roussanne, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Marsanne, French Colombard, and my favorite, Viognier. While we have experienced many of our County’s wineries with tasting rooms, we look forward to tasting from all – over 200 – of them!
You name it, we will create a tour to meet your interests
(minimum 4 people, maximum 6)
Luther Burbank called Sonoma County “the chosen spot of all the earth as far as nature is concerned.”
- We also offer immersion tours based on cultural interest: Italian, Peruvian, Mexican, Chinese, British, Pomo, Miwok, Japanese, Russian, French, Korean, Ukrainian, and more.
- We offer sightseeing tours to all areas of Sonoma County.
- We offer wine tasting tours related to each of the 16 American Viticulture Areas (AVA) in Sonoma County.
- We offer enhanced food and dining experiences along many cuisine and food sourcing preferences: Farm-to-table, various cuisines, ultimate food truck, one-on-one with respected chefs, Intro to SRJC’s award winning culinary and viticulture programs, etc.
- We offer enhanced experiences for most of your favorite passions: food, wine, microbrew, spirits, farming, art, sports, natural and cultural history.
- Getting up close to bees and beneficial insects by hanging out at our favorite organic farms.
- Having a professional and accomplished musician or visual artist give us practical advice.
- Visiting a lapidary to work with our award winning jeweler to craft a unique piece of jewelry.
- Donating time to work on trails and beaches.
Our home is named after our leader – Bello! Bello is a mix of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Pekingese. “Bello” means beautiful boy in Italian (pronounced “Bell-o”), although sometimes we say if with Spanish pronunciation: “Bay-o”! Watch how this gentle dog becomes a therapy dog, in service to our community. He loves to entertain; play a harmonica or accordion and he will sing along, otherwise he hardly makes a sound without musical accompaniment – Believe It or Not!
Right Here. In the Middle of Everything!