Another 1.5-hour drive away is The Filoli Estate
. This historic home and garden offer a peaceful oasis during any season. With over 56 rooms, the house is an impressive estate—one of the best examples remaining from the early 20th century. The surrounding garden is over 16 acres and is open to visitors for walking, sitting, and admiring. Take in the endless rows of flowers, fruits, and vegetables that grow within the estate walls. You can even reserve a private tea to end an incredibly charming visit.
Just under 30 minutes from Marin County is Tomales Bay State Park
. This park is both forest and beach. Walk along with one of the many hiking trails and note all wildlife, including deer, meerkats, and foxes. The calm water here is ideal for water sports—kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are all possible in this outdoor paradise.
Wine lovers love the proximity of Sonoma Valley
. Pick a designated driver and head out for some tasting! With over 250 wineries in the area, you’ll have your pick. Pair a Bordeaux with some cheese at Chateau St. John
and take in the estate’s breathtaking home and views. The Benziger Family Winery
is known for its biodynamic farming and produces an impressive “green wine” portfolio. Just 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge is Calmére Estate Winery
. In French, “calme” means calm, and “mer” means sea. The name is fitting for this winery, which overlooks the beautiful bay.
Kids and adults alike love Safari West
, which is known as the “Sonoma Serengeti.” This wildlife foundation leads safari tours throughout the preserve. You can see over 900 animals from 90 species, including giraffes, antelopes, cheetahs, and flamingos! You can also turn your day trip into an overnight trip and stay in one of the park’s safari tents. Imported from Botswana, these tents take “glamping” to the next level. Each tent offers hardwood floors, beds, and deck views of the preserve.
is in Sonoma County and was once known for its plumb and apple orchards. Today, it makes for a great day trip destination. This laid-back town offers an array of eclectic shops and quaint cafes and restaurants. Grab a book and some tea at Many Rivers Books and Tea
. Head to The Barlow for lunch — this former apple processing plant is now a series of restaurants. The town is small and walkable, so you’ll find it easy to shop, eat, and explore within the day.