Sonoma County Journals

The Good Life in Sonoma County, California

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An August 1998 trip to Sonoma County by bjoelle@msn.com

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Quote: People who live in Sonoma County are very lucky. Most famous for its wine industry and vineyards, Sonoma County is really much more.

The Good Life in Sonoma County, California

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My favorite thing about living in Sonoma County is that I'm able to enjoy all the best parts of Northern California. Sonoma County rests in the lap of California Wine Country. To the north are the famous groves of giant California redwoods. To the west are the rocky cliffed coasts. Just to the east is the Sacramento Valley, and beyond that is fabulous Lake Tahoe, ringed by many fine ski resorts. South of us is the cultural city center of San Francisco. Treasures can be found everywhere you turn. People are coming in droves to live in this area—and if you've visited, you know why.Quick Tips: If you're coming here for wine-tasting, try to get beyond the vineyards. Ask the folks at the wineries ...Read More
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Langley's is famous. Where I work, we all know what's on the menu during what season. My coworkers recommended it, and now I'm just as hooked as they are. Everything I have ever ordered or tasted has been impressive. I mean, their dishes leave your mouth wondering how it is possible to blend imaginative flavors, quality of ingredients and perfect balance and quantity. Wow! Before serving the entree the server brings out a 'taste from the chef', a sample of something exotic not even available on the menu. And after every meal each guest is given a small bag with a fresh pastry for the next morning to remember Langley's by. It's those little extras that make the place so memorable. Oh,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Langley's on the Green
(closed) 610 Mcclelland Drive
Windsor, California 95492
(707) 837-7984

Yao Kiku

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Restaurant

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I have been coming to Yao Kiku since I moved to the Santa Rosa area in 1998 (I used to live down the street). Since then, I have tried every Japanese restaurant this county has thrown at me, and I still find Yao Kiku to be the best. Don't be fooled - Yao Kiku is located in a shopping center tucked away next to a Long's Drug Store. You might even miss it on the first pass. Even on the inside it's tiny. For that reason, for a Friday or Saturday dinner, you might want to make reservations. Even the menu isn't as huge as some others I've seen. But you don't go to Yao Kiku to load up on mediocre food. It's enough to order one item, one sushi roll, and one desert... and you'll be in heaven. When I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2005

Yao Kiku
2700 Yulupa Avenue
Santa Rosa, California 95405
(707) 578-8180

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Besides being a wonderful place to sample many speciality home-brewed ales, The Aleworks (as most people call it) offers fine food at good prices. The daily specials are always tempting enough that I've rarely ordered off the regular menu. I've had a killer pumpkin fennel soup and fresh butternut squash raviolis. There is also an open-faced crabmeat and artichoke sandwich. Try it with any one of the delicious sides; my favorites are the sinful garlic-crusted french fries or the mashed potatoes (again, garlic added).Hands down, the best part about The Aleworks is Wednesday night, when BBQ'd oysters are on the menu. These bad boys come in a thick garlic butter sauce, creamy pesto...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2005

Third Street Aleworks
610 3rd Street
Sonoma County, California 95404
(707) 523-3060

UNI Sushi

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Restaurant | "U N I Sushi"

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This is a sushi bar that my boyfriend and I frequent. Most of the time, going out to eat sushi means an expensive meal, but not here. UNI is great because of their all-you-can-eat option. It's the best value and always delicious. All-you-can-eat takes on a whole new meaning at this restaurant, because the entire menu is offered. This means that folks who don't love sushi as much as I do can still get a great meal. Appetizers, including miso soup, cucumber salad, seaweed salad, chicken teriyaki, dumplings, mussels, tempura, and a variety of other choices are all offered as all-you-can-eat selections. My favorite from this part of the menu is the ienoki which is a delicious sizzling pla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2005

UNI Sushi
199 Southwest Blvd.
Sonoma County, California 94928

Safari West Wildlife Preserve & Resort

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Attraction | "Safari West"

Safari West Wildlife Preserve & Resort Photo, Sonoma County, California
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Safari West is a zoo/preserve in the Mark West Springs area of Sonoma County. On a tour, guests are able to go on real safaris through the large animals' enclosures, allowing close contact with rare and beautiful creatures, most of which are endangered. At Safari West, there are animals everywhere you look--even outside the enclosures! The most popular way to see the animals is by the 3-hour tour by safari vehicle--a two-level jeep-type vehicle that easily tackles the toughest terrain on Safari West's property. Beyond this, there is a walk-through bird sanctuary. Birds of all different types--many I'd never even seen--scramble under your feet and fly all around your head. There's a n...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 18, 2005

Safari West Wildlife Preserve & Resort
3115 Porter Creek Rd
Sonoma County, California 95404
(800) 616-2695

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma County

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Attraction

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Whether you want to relax or embark on one of the many hikes available at the park, Sugarloaf is a beautiful spot. The drive there alone, through the wine country and finally up a shady canyon full of wildlife, is just gorgeous. The views from Sugarloaf are amazing. Even if you don't leave the campsite area, you'll be able to enjoy the quiet and clean stream that goes through the park. Each site also enjoys nice views of the mountains and hills of the park. I suggest taking the "Canyon Trail" through the woods among mossy boulders and meandering streams to a gorgeous 25-foot waterfall. Start the trail a small ways down the main road from the front entrance. The hike is less than a m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 27, 2005

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma County
2605 Adobe Canyon Road
Sonoma County, California