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Activities & Sights in West Sonoma County

Activities & Sights in West Sonoma County

ACTIVE RELAXING

If you are wondering what to do during your stay at Zegarra Estate, it might be more useful to think about what you do not want to do because there are too many options for one vacation. Whether you're looking to chill out or go full throttle with outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone. Here are our some of our perennial  favorites:

  1. Osmosis Day Spa (Freestone)- This Japanese-style spa located in Freestone offers a variety of relaxing treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps. The spa also features a unique cedar enzyme bath that is said to help detoxify the body and boost the immune system. You will be buried up to the neck but it is relaxing, trust us. Plus, you’ll be in Freestone which is a super charming town.
  2. Bliss Organic Day Spa Bath House (Sebastopol) - This organic downtown day spa offers a variety of treatments, including massages, facials, and body scrubs. The spa's highlight, in our opinion, is its bathhouse, which features private tubs filled with mineral-rich water sourced from a nearby spring. You can go from cold plunge to steam room to dry sauna at your own pace.
  3. Sonoma Zipline Adventures (Occidental) - Located in Occidental, with a very woodsy, river vibe, Sonoma Zipline Adventures offers a thrilling outdoor adventure with zipline courses through the redwood forest. The tour includes seven ziplines and two sky bridges, with views of the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean.
  4. Bodega Bay Surf Shack surf lessons (Bodega Bay) - Learn to surf with the Surf Shack, which offers lessons for all levels of experience. The friendly and knowledgeable instructors will have you riding waves in no time. And if you are already a surfer, there are miles and miles of surfable coastline.
  5. Velo Verdé Recumbent and Electric Bikes bike rental (Sebastopol) - Explore our beautiful rolling hills on a bike rental from Velo Verdé. The shop offers recumbent and electric bikes, as well as regular bikes, so you can choose the perfect ride for your needs. Sonoma County is one of the world’s most popular cycling destinations because of the beauty, quiet roads, and varied terrain.
  6. Hiking in Point Reyes National Seashore (Point Reyes Station) - Just a short drive from Sebastopol, Point Reyes National Seashore offers miles of hiking trails with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Tomales Bay, and the lush oceanic landscape. The park also features a variety of wildlife, including rare Tule elk and gray whales.

After all this fun, there is a hot tub and hammock waiting for you at Zegarra Estate. Feel free to ask us if you have a particular interest (and check out our Food & Wine faves if sipping is your sport).

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Natural Beauty of West Sonoma County

Natural Beauty of West Sonoma County

BEAUTY ABOUNDS

Welcome to Zegarra Estate, the perfect home base for exploring the diverse natural beauty of Sebastopol, California, and its surrounding areas. Whether you're a seasoned outdoors enthusiast or just looking to soak up the lull of west Sonoma County, we have plenty of options. Here are our top picks for places to connect with nature during your stay:

  1. Bodega Bay beaches - Located just a short drive from Sebastopol, the beaches of Bodega Bay offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a chance to spot seals, dolphins, and even whales. Some of the most popular beaches include Doran Beach, Salmon Creek Beach, and Goat Rock Beach. You can hit Highway 1 and pull over when you find a spot that calls to you.
  2. Point Reyes National Seashore - West Marin County is blessed with this national park area that includes 80 miles of shore. Some of the beaches are on the Pacific, and some (like the very kid-friendly Heart’s Desire) are on Tomales Bay, so there are no big waves. From the lighthouse to epic hikes, there is a lifetime of exploring to do here.
  3. Armstrong Woods - This state park located in Guerneville offers over 800 acres of old-growth redwood forest to explore. Visitors can hike through the forest on miles of trails, including the one-mile Pioneer Nature Trail, which is wheelchair accessible. The hikes are very gentle and it is a spiritual experience to be amongst these ancient giants.
  4. Wineries with walking trails - Several wineries in the area offer walking trails that allow visitors to explore the vineyards and absorb the Sonoma-ness of it all. Some wineries with walking trails include Lynmar Estate, Gary Farrell Winery, and Benovia Winery.
  5. Russian River - This scenic river runs through Sonoma County and offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. The river is also home to a variety of wildlife, including river otters, bald eagles, and great blue herons. While it sometimes runs high, it is generally pretty shallow in the summer, which makes it ideal for the littlest kids to splash around.
  6. Da Vero - This biodynamic farm and vineyard located just west of Petaluma offers tours that allow visitors to explore the farm's gardens, vineyards, and orchards. The tour ends with a wine tasting of the farm's award-winning wines. This is a great place to take in the pastoral beauty of west county.

No matter what type of outdoor experience you're looking for, Sebastopol and its surrounding areas are bursting with beauty. And we like to think of Zegarra Estate as a microcosm of Sonoma County’s splendor, as we have redwoods, Purrington Creek, rolling hills, and vineyards in our very own backyard. Happy adventuring!

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Dining Out in West Sonoma County

Dining Out in West Sonoma County

EAT ON REPEAT

We love to cook, explore farmers’ markets, forage, and feast. In fact, owner Vanessa Zegarra Higgins is co-owner of Mill Valley’s Playa (if you’re in the mood for margs and Mex, you must check it out!). From farm-to-table dining to international cuisine, west Sonoma County has a food scene that is bar none. Here are our some of our recommendations, from fancy to relaxed, to try during your stay:

  1. Single Thread (Healdsburg) - If you want to really do it up (and you have made a reservation months ahead of time) Single Thread is a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers a multi-course tasting menu that changes with the micro-seasons. The restaurant also boasts an onsite farm where many of the ingredients used in the dishes are grown.
  2. The Matheson (Healdsburg) - Housed in a historic building on the charming square, The Matheson offers modern American cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant's seasonal menu features dishes such as grilled octopus, handmade pasta, and roasted duck breast. There is also a fab tasting wall and rooftop bar.
  3. The Barlow (Sebastopol) - This outdoor marketplace is a foodie's paradise, with over a dozen restaurants and food vendors to choose from. Some highlights include The Farmer's Wife, which specializes in artisanal sandwiches and Fern Bar, which has a groovy 70’s vibe and a mixology menu that is thoroughly modern.
  4. Willow Wood Market (Graton) - This sweet cafe and market in Graton serves up breakfast and lunch dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. The menu includes items such as house-made granola, breakfast sandwiches, and creative salads. And it is a great focal point for a visit to Graton, which is a tiny, artsy town.
  5. Stellina Pronto (Petaluma) - This casual Italian eatery has incredible pastries and pantry goods. Their cappuccino is chef’s kiss, too.
  6. Street Social (Petaluma) - A real hidden gem with elevated cuisine in a tiny space instead a historic, stone building. Fusion food that naturally becomes a cuisine that is distinctly Californian- fresh, ingredient-forward, and inventive. 
  7. Ramen Gaijin (Sebastopol) - Authentic-ish Japanese ramen made with locally sourced ingredients. The menu also features small plates such as pork belly bao buns and chicken wings. The bar scene is energetic on the weekends.

You can always shop the Sebastopol Farmers’ Market every Sunday or one of Sebastopol’s fantastic groceries to whip up something in our Chef’s Kitchen. But if you do decide to go out, the options are endless.

P.s. We love Heather Irwin’s Bite Club Eats for up-to-date recs from someone who knows Sonoma County’s food scene.

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