Trade Your Christmas Tree for Fresh Ferns: 4 Ideas for the Perfect Hike

If you’re having a hard time letting go of your Christmas tree and feel an overwhelming sense of longing for nature each time you so much as glance at it, you’re not alone.

Holiday nostalgia is in full-swing all around!

While you may not be ready to kiss those fresh green firs and cool gusts of wind goodbye, it’s time. Recover from festive fever with a bucolic countryside hike that will immerse you in nature and keep the Christmas longing away.

Read on for four ways to have the perfect outdoor adventure this January!

1. Pick the Right Place

While this may sound like a no-brainer, many of us tend to get it wrong. We get so carried away in the hype of planning an adventure that we forget to spend a good deal of time researching different options.

Take your time to read up reviews on different locations and pick what seems best based on your landscape preference and comfort level. California wine country offers a stunning range of options!

2. Take It Easy… or Fast!

Depending on your experience as a hiker, you may want to invest some time researching weather conditions, timings and trails for your intended location.

If you’re a newbie, we suggest going on an affordable guided hike. Your hiking adventure will be planned from scratch based on your preferences, so you don’t have to worry about insufficient research or lack of experience ruining your day.

Whether you want an easygoing hike on level ground or a challenging uphill trek, your guide will ensure your needs are perfectly met so you can make the most of your hiking experience without feeling inconvenienced in the least.

3. Don’t Forget Your Essentials

If you want to make the most of your hiking experience, go prepared.

Pack navigation essentials (i.e. a map and compass), a water bottle, snacks, a portable torch and SPF. If you opt for a guided tour, you’ll be provided all hiking amenities, so you don’t have to worry about what to take along depending on the location.

4. Function Over Fashion

While we all want to rock the hottest athleisure and wear a full face of makeup in case we run into our ex, this may not be the best idea.

Ditch anything that makes you compress your lungs for that gulp of air. Prioritize comfort, flexibility and ease by opting for thick pants, a warm, breathable top and a puffer jacket. You can opt for different layers as long as they’re comfortable.

When it comes to footwear, hiking boots are your best friend! Opt for lightweight options that offer excellent traction and prevent leg exhaustion.

Ready to gear up for your thrilling hike?

Get started by checking out five of the best hikes in Sonoma! Narrow down your search and get in touch with us for the perfect guided hike that’ll let you relax and take in the serenity of the bucolic countryside without any added stress or pressure.