August is a magical time in California's wine country, and for locals, it's a fantastic opportunity to savor the region's beauty, flavors, and activities. Whether you're a long-time resident or a newcomer, the towns of Sonoma, Napa, Calistoga, and Bodega Bay offer a plethora of experiences that capture the essence of summer. Here's a curated list of things for locals to do in these enchanting destinations this August.
Sonoma Plaza Gather some local artisanal cheeses, wines, and delectable bites from the Sonoma Farmers' Market or the Sonoma Cheese Factory and head to the historic Sonoma Plaza. Spread out a cozy blanket and relish a breathtaking sunset with friends and family. Explore the renowned wineries of Sonoma Valley. See who made the 2023 list of the best Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting rooms. Many local wineries offer exclusive tastings, tours, and events where you can indulge in exceptional wines while learning about the art of winemaking. Hiking at Jack London State Historic Park - embark on a scenic hike through the rugged beauty of the Jack London State Historic Park. The park's trails offer stunning vistas and a chance to connect with nature.
Experience Napa's stunning landscapes from a new perspective with a Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Napa Valley. Soar above vineyards and rolling hills as the sun paints the sky in hues of orange and pink. Enjoy a Napa River Adventure - rent a kayak or paddleboard and navigate the gentle waters of the Napa River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle past vineyards and alongside historic buildings. Satisfy your taste buds at the Oxbow Public Market, a foodie haven offering everything from gourmet chocolates to farm-fresh produce. Don't miss the chance to sample local wines and artisanal cheeses.
Unwind in mineral-rich hot pools and indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation of the Calistoga Hot Springs. If you’re lucky enough to spend three days in beautiful Calistoga, here is a 3-day itinerary. Witness the natural wonder of the Old Faithful Geyser as it shoots plumes of water into the air. The surrounding park also features picnic areas and walking trails. Discover unique souvenirs and treasures to commemorate your visit as you explore the charming boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops along Calistoga's Lincoln Avenue.
August marks the peak of Blue Whale – the largest mammal on Earth - watching in Bodega Bay. Join a guided boat tour to witness the awe-inspiring sight or just go to the Ocean Overlook at Bodega Head. Spend a day at Doran Beach, part of Doran Regional Park, where you can enjoy sunbathing, beachcombing, and picnicking against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Don’t leave Bodega Bay hungry – there are numerous places to get exactly what you want, regardless of your budget. See the best of them here. Indulge in the freshest seafood at the Spud Point Crab Company, get a great glass of wine and brussel sprouts ant Gourmet Au Bay, of get fancy, and maybe spend the night, at The River’s End, in neighboring Jenner.
As a Marin County resident, August in Sonoma, Napa, Calistoga, and Bodega Bay is a time to immerse yourself in the region's diverse offerings, from scenic outdoor adventures to culinary delights and cultural experiences. Keep this list of places handy so you can seize the opportunity to rediscover these gems and make the most of the warm summer days within an hour or two drive of home. If you'd like to share your favorite haunt, please let us know! We can all agree that living in Marin is an absolute joy. And if you are looking to invest in the beauty and space that only Marin can offer, I can help you find your new home. Contact me to get started - Tracy Curtis, Coldwell Banker Realty, [email protected].