Near Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg, Lake Sonoma is forty miles of trails that wind through 3,600 acres of redwood groves and oak woodlands that surround the lake. There is swimming, camping, boating, and a fish hatchery at Lake Sonoma. The views are stunning. You are one ridge over from Korbel Champagne and all her lovely rolling acres.
Dry Creek Valley is hot and so is Lake Sonoma. The water and her hidden pools are a sweet relief. (If it gets too hot, you can always drive to the ocean. It’s generally 20 – 25 degrees cooler there. You may want to run back to the lake!)
If you visit Healdsburg, or if Healdsburg is your base in Sonoma County, get out of town and experience the area. Between Healdsburg and the lake there are vineyards, old barns, small wineries full of character, and tales of the old wine country. (There are also more than a few eccentric characters. Enjoy their stories.)
The lake sits on top of ancient Indian ruins. The layer above that is an old pioneer settlement, complete with wooden sidewalks. Archaeologists carefully spent years culling and cataloging all the layers of animals, people and their artifacts that lived in this peaceful Eden.