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We're planning to go to that area on the weekend of 2/18 to visit family and to catch a day of the Tour of California, which hits Santa Rosa Monday, 2/20. CSC and Discovery will be there, with some big-name Disco Team riders scheduled for the race. The finish in Santa Rosa includes a 3-lap circuit through town. Anyone else going?
 

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Santa Rosa not as lovely as Sonoma

more developed,less charm BUT 20 minute drive east on HWY 12 and you are in Kenwood and Glen ellen wine country (west Sonoma Valley)
15 minutes North on HWY 101 and you enter Alexander Valley Wine Country.
also from 101 North Head west on River Road.Right through the Redwoods along the Russian River. Drive/ride it all the way to the coast at Jenner.Delightful.
Sonoma - if you stay there 2 days (again only 20-40 minutes from S-R) do East Side Wine Tour 1 Day and then go to Glen ellen/ Kenwood the next.
 

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atpjunkie said:
more developed,less charm BUT 20 minute drive east on HWY 12 and you are in Kenwood and Glen ellen wine country (west Sonoma Valley)
15 minutes North on HWY 101 and you enter Alexander Valley Wine Country.
also from 101 North Head west on River Road.Right through the Redwoods along the Russian River. Drive/ride it all the way to the coast at Jenner.Delightful.
Sonoma - if you stay there 2 days (again only 20-40 minutes from S-R) do East Side Wine Tour 1 Day and then go to Glen ellen/ Kenwood the next.
Masters Nationals were in Santa Rosa in 1996. The riding was great except for the racing since all of that was a blur. Hopland was nice, the time trial was at the Fetzer Vineyards and followed the Russian River. Very scenic even in oxygen debt. Didn't that area get hammered by flooding not long ago? If not, well worth the trip.
 

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If you really want to escape civilization...

Kristin said:
I would enjoy meeting anyone from here anytime. So all anyone has to do is speak up. I won't have a bike with me; but I will have two feet, a friendly smile and a rental car...and a friend named Helen. (All right, that didn't sound the way I meant it. Scratch that last part...except that she will be with me, just not... Nevermind.)

So, is that area, Pescadero, pretty? I'm the anti-tourist. I really, REALLY want to escape people. Is there enough hiking to keep us busy for 3 days? I also must avoid spending money. Going into the woods is good for that...unless I start playing poker, in which case the $3000 wine tour will look like a bargain.
to a very scenic place, stick with your Pigeon Point Hostel plan.

<img src="http://www.royeagle.com/gallery/images/Pigeon%20Point%20Lighthouse%20Large.JPG">
 

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always gets hit with floods

recovers the quickest as folks are used to it. Now Marin got hit in more populated areas.
yes,lovely even when bledding out your eyeballs
 
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