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Culture on the Coast, Magic in the Redwoods

Whether you love the coast or the redwoods, this Saturday is the perfect time to check out the spectacular, natural beauty of Sonoma County.

Take a gorgeous drive up the coast—about 20 minutes north of Jenner—to the Cultural Heritage Day celebration at Fort Ross: It’s a great event in a wonderful setting.

Back in the early to mid-1800s, Russian trappers founded the settlement and the area was home to a number of cultural groups (Russians, Creoles, Native Alaskans, and Kashaya and Coast Miwok Native Californians). The Heritage Day event is a celebration of this cultural diversity and history.

You can walk around the fort and see traditional arts and crafts as well as participate in a number of activities. Although the festival has an educational bend, it is more lively and playful than similar events I’ve been to. Check out the video and pictures to get a sense of the spirited, fun-loving nature of this celebration.

19005 Highway 1; Saturday 10am to 5pm; $20 per car, $15 senior; 707-847-4777

While the Sonoma Coast is stunning, the redwood forests are absolutely captivating as well. Stroll through the area’s largest old growth redwood forest for the Armstrong Redwoods 75th Anniversary Gourmet Hike.

Enjoy gourmet appetizers prepared by local chefs and paired with Sonoma County premier wines. Docents will share some of the natural and cultural history of the park. And simply walk along the paths and allow the magic of the forest to seep in. The final stop is the historic outdoor amphitheater where birthday cake and champagne will be served as guests listen to music.

17000 Armstrong Woods Road in Guerneville, Saturday 1 to 5pm; presold tickets are $30 per person or 2 for $50. Tickets for just the birthday cake reception are $10 per person.


Don't forget, the Sonma County Fair starts on Tuesday. (Blog post coming.)