Outdoor Recreation and Parks
The Great Outdoors at Our Doorstep
Explore the great outdoors at the many Santa Rosa recreation and parks near our hotel. With over 50 state and regional parks and 150 miles of natural beauty waiting to be explored, there’s no end to outdoor recreation activities in the region. Typical outdoor recreation activities like fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking are anything but in the stunning Sonoma Valley. Discover some of the best outdoor activities in Sonoma County, many just a short drive from the Sandman.
Saddle up for a scenic ride along coastal state parks or at private ranches in Santa Rosa and the surrounding region. With a plethora of open spaces and scenic trails, our home region is ideal for equestrians.
- Triple Creek Horse Outfit - (707) 877-8700; Guided rides from Glen Ellen through the wine country
- Horse N Around Trail Rides - (707) 875-3333; Offers trails rides along the beach in Bodega Bay
- Wine Country Trail Rides - (707) 494-0499; Operated from Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg
Walking & Hiking
Prefer to take in the scenery on foot? Sonoma County offers some of the best trails and natural reserves for leisurely strolls and more rigorous hikes. Pack up for a day out at one of these popular walking and hiking destinations near our hotel:
- Howarth Park
- Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve
- North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve
- Annadel State Park
- Shiloh Ranch Regional Park
- Taylor Mountain
- Armstrong Redwoods
- Petrified Forest
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Rides
Get a bird’s-eye view of the gorgeous greenery with a thrilling hot air balloon ride. A popular activity for tourists and locals alike, this is one of the most unique ways to enjoy the majestic scenery of Santa Rosa and Northern California Wine Country. For a once in a lifetime memory, include a ride in your itinerary or plan your visit around the annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic each summer.
We recommend Up & Away Ballooning operated out of Santa Rosa. (707) 836-0171
Take a ride through beautiful byways and highways with some of the most scenic drives in Northern California found in Santa Rosa and surrounding Sonoma County. Starting from our perfectly-located hotel sitting just off Highway 101, every direction provides another opportunity to take in the region’s natural beauty.
Head west towards the Pacific Coast for Highway 1 and breathtaking ocean views, or slightly south onto Route 12 (Luther Burbank Memorial Highway) for colorful cross-county rides through vineyards and miles of lush greenery. For longer scenic drives in Northern California, chart a course along the many creeks and the byways that line riverfronts including the Russian River and Lake Sonoma.
Scenic Drives in Sonoma County
- Bennett Valley
- Bohemian Highway
- Bodega Bay
- Dry Creek
Other Outdoor Adventures
- Old Faithful Geyser