It’s no wonder Wine Country attracts more visitors annually than Disney Land… There’s so much to see, do and taste that you could literally spend weeks here and never finish! This page contains just a few nearby attractions and servces within close range of the Creekside Studio.
For a detailed Service and Attractions Directory, scroll to the bottom of this page. And, if you ever find a link that doesn’t work or a recommendation we should re-think, please let us know.
Wine Bus Tours
Driving Distance from Creekside Studio to…
Bodega Bay- 25.0 miles
Calistoga- 19.5 miles
Cotati- 7.3 miles
Guerneville- 21.4 miles
Healdsburg- 17.4 miles
Marin County- 25.0 miles
Napa- 39.3 miles
Petaluma- 15.0 miles
Rohnert Park- 6.5 mile
San Francisco- 53 miles
Santa Rosa (downtown)- 3.1 miles
Sebastopol- 8.7 miles
Sonoma- 24.3 miles
Sonoma State University- 5.1 miles
The Golden Gate Bridge is less than an hour away.
Golf in Santa Rosa
(Shown above) BENNETT VALLEY GOLF COURSE (Public), 3330 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95405-8647 | Phone: (707) 528 3673
FOUNTAINGROVE RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB (Resort), 1525 Fountaingrove Pkwy , Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | Phone: (707) 579 4653
SANTA ROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB (Private), 5110 Oak Meadow Dr , Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | Phone: (707) 546 6617
WIKIUP GOLF COURSE (Public), 5001 Carriage Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | Phone: (707) 546 8787
MAYACAMA (Private), 1240 Mayacama Club Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | Phone: (707) 569 2900
OAKMONT GOLF CLUB (Semi-Private), 7025 Oakmont Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 | Phone: (707) 539 0415
Santa Rosa Tennis Courts
La Cantera Racquet & Swim Club (707) 544-9494 3737 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Directions: Go right on Yulupa, right on Montgomery. Total distance from Creekside Studio- 2.3 miles
Description: Sonoma County’s Largest Club, 12 Courts-4 lighted, 4 swimming pools, state of the art fitness facilities, active junior tennis program, beautiful creekside setting, tennis and swim instruction, a full service tennis club.
Tennis Courts at Galvin Community Park, 3330 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa CA, 95405
Directions: Go left on Yulupa, it’s 1.4 miles on your left. Total distance from Creekside Studio- 1.5 miles.
Description: 12 lighted tennis courts are available and open daily from 6:00 am to 10:00 p.m. These courts are for tennis only. Bikes, skates, skateboards, animals, food and drinks are prohibited.
Santa Rosa Area Parks
Howarth Park is a great destination for everyone, including families.
The Santa Rosa area is home to several spectacular parks, three of which are within easy biking distance from Creekside Studio. All offer hiking, biking and picnicking, while some feature fishing, boating and a variety of family activities.
Howarth Park– Offering a wide variety of attractions, Howarth Park is a great destination for families, including those with very young children. Located within the park, Lake Ralphine spans 25 acres and features boating lessons, boat rentals, fishing and more.
The lake is home to trout, bluegill, catfish, bass, and a variety of ducks and geese. Howarth also features various rides and attractions, including a miniature steam train, carousel, jump house, animal barn and pony rides.
Annadel State Park– The park offers miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail riding. For wildflower lovers, Annadel Park offers a great variety of flowers from early Spring until early Summer, especially on a hike around Lake Ilsanjo.
Annadel State Park is a favorite for hikers and nature lovers.
The best months to see the park’s wildflowers are April and May, but there are some plants in bloom as early as January and as late as September.
Within the park, Lake Ilsanjo offers excellent fishing for black bass and bluegill. Black bass weighing nine pounds and more have been caught here. A purple plastic worm is a favored bait for the bass, while the bluegill favor garden worms, small crayfish, and grubs.
Note: If you are 16 years of age or older, you must have a California fishing license. Ledson Marsh dries up by late August or early September, and so no fish are found there at that time of year.
Location – The park is located east of Santa Rosa and south of Highway 12 at 5201 Channel Drive (enter via Montgomery Drive), Santa Rosa, CA 95409
Facilities and Activities– Horses and bicycles are allowed only on designated trails. Off-trail riding is not permitted. Drinking water should be carried on the trails. The water in Hunter Springs is suitable for horses only. Motor vehicles are allowed only on the entrance road and in the parking lot within the park. Dogs are allowed only on Channel Drive and in the parking lot. They must be kept on leash at all times and are not allowed on the trails.
Due to its moderate climate, great weather and beautiful countryside, Sonoma County has become a favorite of biking enthusiasts from around the nation and even abroad.
Santa Rosa is bike-friendly, with bike lanes criss-crossing the city and ample bike paths and bikeable parks to keep bikers busy for quite a while. Some guests have even biked to nearby wineries, although it’s enough of a distance that we wouldn’t suggest it–especially if you plan to do some wine tasting on the same trip.
In May 2013, a Creekside Studio guest from Switzerland came here specifically for the biking and logged over 2,000 miles during his five-week stay.
You can read Oliver Groning’s diary of his bike vacation, which included day trips to the California Coast, San Francisco and a century ride around Lake Tahoe. He left a great blog for bikers to read, complete with maps, photos and commentary about his experience
Lying between Jenner and Bodega Bay, California Pacific Coast Highway One leads to at least ten Pacific beaches. You’ll enjoy stretches of unspoiled pristine sands that are home to fascinating tide pools, birds and miles of hiking trails along the bluffs of the Northern California Coast.
Book a whale watching tour January through April and experience the magnificent presence of a gray whale, or watch the curious seals and sea otters along the shoreline year-round.
The river estuary at Jenner and other rich wetland areas provide some of the best bird watching opportunities on the Northern California coast.
Located on Sonoma County’s western short is the only commercial fishing port between San Francisco and Fort Bragg in beautiful Bodega Bay.
This quaint fishing village is a treasure trove of art galleries, gift shops, and wharf-side restaurants, but if you fancy deep sea fishing, sportfishing or whale watching excursions, this is the place for you!
Book a sportfishing excursion and find yourself standing on the deck of a sleek fishing vessel, proudly holding up your catch.
In these waters land Salmon, Halibut, Ling Cod, or even pots filled with Dungeness Crab! Click here for more information on planning your fishing excursion.
Hot Air Ballooning
Wine Country Balloons is Sonoma County’s original, oldest established Hot Air Balloon touring company, offering the highest five star rated, FAA-PUC safety-certified service with 35 years experience.
You can often view the redwoods, Russian River, Majestic Mountains, the Pacific Coast, S.F. Skyline and lush vineyards. There is no sense of motion or perception of height as you drift with the gentle early morning wind currents.
After your ‘Nature Walk in the Sky’ celebrate with a gourmet champagne brunch, chosen from a full menu, accompanied by your pilot. Private flights for two can be accommodated along with larger groups. Weddings and special event coordination available
Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayak right from your rooms! Kayaks may be rented for all or part of your retreat. Imagine kayaking the calm flowing waters of the lower Russian River. There is plenty of user-friendly, flat water kayaking. No experience is necessary! Overnight boat storage is available at the compound, so you can set out in the moonlight, or at dawn, or sunset, or whenever the spirit moves you.
A quiet paddle among the osprey, pelicans, harbor seals and river otters, is an extraordinary, life-affirming experience. Try Water Treks, or call John with Lotus Kayaks at 707-865-9604.
Enjoy a leisurely paddle down the Russian River from Burke’s Canoe Trips in nearby Forestville. Burke’s provides canoes, paddles and life jackets for your trip through the redwoods to the town of Guerneville. View the scenic Russian River, marvel at the wildlife and stop to picnic and sunbathe on a sunny beach. Burke’s shuttles weary paddlers back to their cars every half-hour until 6:00 pm. The best months for canoeing are generally May through October.
Towns of Interest
Bodega Bay – This scenic coastside town is a short 15 minute drive from Jenner.Between Jenner and Bodega Bay, find miles of sandy beaches and tidepools awaiting your exploration. Bodega Bay is home to small fishing crafts, serene parks, campgrounds, tasty restaurants, wine tasting shops, art galleries, and a UC Davis marine laboratory. Many visitors make the trek to Bodega Bay just to see the school house site of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Occidental – Occidental lies within the rolling hills that surround the mighty Russian River. The town’s quiet, relaxed setting calls you to enjoy their unusual shops and boutiques, art galleries, and foliage filled nurseries.
Guerneville – Only 25 minutes from Jenner, Guerneville is the heart of the Russian River Resort area. It is home to a variety of restaurants and shops, all in close proximity to Russian River, Alexander and Dry Creek Valley wineries. Guerneville also plays home to the Russian River Wine & Food Festival, Russian River Blues & Jazz Festival on the River, and more!
Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve is a majestic hidden grove of ancient redwoods, left standing when the rest of the area’s trees became the railroad ties for the Transcontinental Railroad in 1868. Armstrong Woods has wonderful trails for walkers, hikers, cyclists and horses. The reserve is 805 acres of old growth redwood trees and you’ll find it easy to spend the day taking in the natural beauty there.
While visiting, be sure to seek out these interesting local sites and attractions:
The Oldest Tree The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree in the grove, estimated to be over 1400 years old. It is named after a lumberman who chose to preserve this portion of the park in the 1870’s. Colonel Armstrong Tree is only a half-mile walk from the park entrance
The Icicle Tree This tree shows the unusual burl formations often found on redwood trees. Burls can weigh many tons and grow hundreds of feet above the forest floor. Why these growths occur remains a mystery.
The Discovery Trail This trail offers a wheelchair accessible pathway, interpretive panels in Braille, and tree hugging platforms.
Armstrong Nature Trail his self-guided nature trail is an easy stroll through the Grove and is also wheelchair accessible. Guides are available at the visitor center.
The Tallest Tree The Parson Jones Tree is the tallest tree in the grove, measuring more than 310 feet in height. This is longer than the length of a football field! It’s only a 0.1 mile walk from the park entrance.
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) is a non-profit organization that partners with the Russian River Sector of California State Parks. The sector includes Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (outside Guerneville), Austin Creek State Recreation Area, Sonoma Coast State Park (from Bodega Bay to Jenner) and includes the Willow Creek watershed.
Route 1, Bridge over Russian River, Sonoma County, California
The Russian River rises in the coastal mountain ranges of Mendocino County in Northern California, flows through valleys in Mendocino County and Sonoma County, and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner-by-the-Sea.
The river takes its name from Russian trappers who explored the river in the early 19th century, when Russia maintained trade colonies along the Northern California coasts. In the late 19th century, loggers were drawn to the river for the redwoods that line its shores. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Russian River Valley became a popular summer resort destination for vacationers from San Francisco and Napa. The main resort town on the river is Guerneville.
Swimming– Hardy swimmers enjoy the open waters of the Russian River Estuary here in Jenner. Those who prefer warmer water will find plenty of places to enter the river upstream along Highway 116, within a 10-15 minute drive in the town of Monte Rio. There you’ll find a riverside beach, perfect for sunbathing, building sand castles and swimming.
If you plan on boarding a whale watching excursion, consider the Oceanic Society Cruise led by expert naturalists.
Their whale watching boats give the viewer a unique look-out point from which to spot the incredible migration of the magnificent gray whale.
Their trip rounds out at 12,000 miles between their Artic feeding grounds and Baja, California breeding grounds.
Services and Attractions Directory
Check the list below for additional things to do and services you may need while in the area.
Karen Vyner-Brooks, certified Medical Qigong practitioner and bodyworker (707) 326-5100, Email Karen
Six Flags, Vallejo: huge family amusement park with great rides, etc. see their website
Scandia Family Fun Center- miniature golf, batting cages, racing cars, arcade, more. see website
A wonderful sampler of a 4-8 hour day in Sonoma County, including a Redwood forest, the Russian River, driving scenic Highway 1 on the stunning California coast and visiting some interesting local towns. Click here to download the PDF.