5 Fun Outdoor Adventures — Beyond Tasting Wine

It’s pretty obvious that the Sonoma Wine Country is known for … well … for wine. This is home to award-winning wines of world renown. And a day of wine tasting in the beautiful valleys surrounded by rolling hills — hey, it doesn’t get much better than that. But if you aren’t keen on sipping the grape, consider these fun outdoor adventures in Wine Country.

Canoe down the Russian River

The Russian River flows right through the Alexander and Russian River valleys, across the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country. Redwood-studded riverbanks are dotted with sandy beaches and places to rest and take in the magnificent surroundings. Oftentimes, the only way to reach these secluded destinations is via the river. So if water sports is your thing — or you’re feeling adventurous — rent a canoe. It’s a great way to cool off in the summer, and it’s always fun for the whole family. And, don’t worry — no white water rapids here!

Canoe and Kayak rentals
River’s Edge Kayak and Canoe Trips, Healdsburg

Burke’s Canoe Trips, Forestville

Stroll through the redwoods

California Coastal Redwoods are the tallest trees on the planet. Majestic, stately, and awe-inspiring, redwood forests conjure a magical beauty. With their corded bark and fragrant needles, the giant trees are not to be missed. Fortunately, we have Armstrong Woods Park close by in Guerneville, just south of Healdsburg. The park is home to redwoods, some over 1,000 years old! Carefully maintained trails let you meander for a couple miles under the shady redwood canopy, and there are plenty of picnic tables. And if you’re in for hiking several miles, pack your water bottle and head up one of the rugged trails. The vistas are breathtaking!

Armstrong Woods State Natural Preserve

Float above the vineyards in a hot air balloon

There’s nothing like seeing field after field of vineyards from above. Ballooning gives you a bird’s-eye view of our fertile and abundant agricultural valley. You’ll understand just why this area is a foodie’s paradise. This one-of-a-kind experience isn’t for those afraid of heights, but when the flame that lifts the balloon is turned off, the quiet at 1,000-plus feet is truly unbelievable. Most flights take off very early in the morning when the wind is still.

Sonoma Valley Balloons

Wine Country Balloons

Beachcomb the Pacific Coast

With more than 55 miles of spectacular shoreline, Sonoma County offers plenty of “natural” entertainment. Search for seashells, fly a kite, hike the Kortum Trail, or simply watch the waves splash the shore. There’s a good chance you’ll see white plumes in the distance. Whales migrate from Alaska to Baja from December through April, but you may see whales spouting offshore any time of the year. The northern coastal profile doesn’t feature warm, white sandy beaches, but there’s plenty to enjoy for the whole family. Check out our earlier blog post for more information.

Sonoma Coastal Beaches — A Refreshing Escape

Bike across the countryside

Sonoma County is a top destination for bicycle enthusiasts from around the world. With well-carved paths and off-grid trails, there’s something for every level of cycler. Whether you prefer to ride solo, in a group, or compete with others — bike routes abound. And for lots of fun, you may want to plan for the next Tour d’Organics annual event —held every summer. For more local info on bicycling tours and rentals, check out Sonoma County.com.

Sonoma County.com

Tour d’Organics

If you’re staying at one of The Wine Stay’s comfortable vacation homes, find out about our Concierge Services. We make it simple for you by handling all the arrangements for your Wine Country adventure.


The Wine Stay offers luxury vacation rentals in Sonoma and Napa. And to elevate your wine country vacation experience, check out our personalized guest services. Whether it’s an intimate dinner prepared by a 5-star chef, personal yoga instruction, or a professional massage, we can arrange for you to enjoy it in the privacy of your Healdsburg vacation rental! Want to go wine tasting in Healdsburg, Dry Creek or Alexander valleys? Let our in-house sommelier customize a wine tasting tour just for you. The Wine Stay team is dedicated to making your California Wine Country vacation unforgettable!