8. See Jack London’s ranch, where the famous writer lived from 1905 until his death in 1916. Jack London State Park has 26 miles of hiking and biking trails, self-guided and guided tours, picnic areas, a museum and horseback riding. Be sure to bring your walking shoes and a picnic and spend some time hiking around the ruins of the property. If you’re feeling energetic, do the challenging hike to the top of Sonoma Mountain for some wonderful views of the Bay Area on a clear day. There is a park fee.
9. Are you a Peanuts fan? If so, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to visit the Charles M. Schultz Museum. See original Peanuts comic strips and books, among many of Schultz’s personal items. Should you get the urge to go ice skating while you’re there, just cross the street to Snoopy’s Home Ice for a few laps around the rink and a hot chocolate at the Warm Puppy Café. Museum admission for adults is $10.00.
10. Take in a concert at the newly opened Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. I recently attended a choral concert at sunrise on opening weekend to see my stepdaughter perform. It is a gorgeous venue with state-of-the-art acoustics, incredibly high ceilings and enormous windows. Ticket prices vary.
As you can see, there is no shortage of cultural destinations here in Sonoma Valley. From comedy to history, cartoons to concerts, art to airplanes, we have it all!
The next and final article in this series is for the Foodie! I’ll tell you my favorite places to feed myself, from the pricey to the cheap, in Sonoma Valley.
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