Sonoma Wine Country ~ Things to Do

We offer complimentary concierge services. We are experts on the Sonoma Wine Region and Russian River Valley. We welcome the opportunity to help plan your itineraries, wine tours, activities and dining reservations. Below you will find ideas for filling your hours with rich experiences … and memories to last a lifetime.

Russian River and Sonoma Wine Country Activities

Russian River Beaches
Walk or drive the 1/2 mile to the Wohler Bridge and beach access to the Russian River. This semi-private beach area is an excellent place to escape the crowds normally seen on the Russian River.

Sonoma Coast Beaches
Known for its jagged coastline and cliffs, Sonoma County offers breathtaking views and scenery. The coastal towns of Jenner and Bodega Bay embody a simpler life; where fishing trawlers can be seen coming and going throughout the day. The state park and beaches at Salt Point and Goat Rock boarder each side of the Russian River as it empties into the Pacific Ocean. For surfing, consider Dillon Beach and Bodega Head located just outside the quaint town of Bodega Bay.

Looking for something more adventuresome? How about abalone diving? The Sonoma Coast has produced some record-breaking abalones. Learn more.

Armstrong Redwoods Preserve & Austin Creek State Park
Just minutes from The Inn, you will discover the largest grove of first-growth (up to 1,400 years old) Redwoods in California. The serene, majestic beauty of this Grove is a living reminder of the magnificent primeval redwood forest that covered much of this area before logging operations began during the 19th century. Armstrong Redwoods preserves 805 acres of the stately and magnificent Sequoia, commonly known as the coast redwood. These trees stand together as a testament to the wonders of the natural world. The Grove offers solace from the hustle and bustle of daily life, offering the onlooker great inspiration and a place for quiet reflection. Whether you choose to drive, walk or hike the numerous roads and trails, the experience will not be disappointing.

Downtown Healdsburg has an abundance of stores for window-shopping. Browse through antiques, jewelry, artwork, boutiques and, of course, wine-tasting shops. When you are ready for a break, visit Flying Goat Coffee or Oakville Grocery. Either sit inside or walk across to the town green.

Horse Carriage Tours
Enjoy a romantic and relaxing wine tasting tour in Sonoma County’s splendid Alexander Valley, just minutes from the historic town of Healdsburg and the beautiful Russian River. In a carriage drawn by elegant horses, travel leisurely along our scenic route through the vineyards which produce the award-winning wines you will be tasting.

Horseback Riding
Check out the list of local trails.

Getaway Adventures
Getaway Adventures is the premier tour operator of California’s Wine Country. We offer bicycling, kayaking, hiking and van tours in both Sonoma and Napa counties. We operate 7 days a week and offer several tour options every day in high season. 1-800-499-2453

Ace It Bike Tours
With Ace It Bike Tours you will enjoy the camaraderie of small, intimate groups plus a fun and knowledgeable local guide who will lead you on bike trails travelers never see. Tours are appropriate for all levels of bicycling experience. Our comfort bicycle seats make for an easy ride.

Things to do with kids in Sonoma County
California’s famous wine county is the star of Sonoma. Some of the world’s best wine is created at the city’s local wineries. Beautiful hillside vineyards, world-class lodging and exceptional dining make the city a popular tourist attraction in the states northern region. Visitors can also learn about the areas Mexican heritage by visiting the local Mission and museums.
There’s also lots to do with kids!

Guest Favorites

We enjoy hearing stories about our guests’ adventures while visiting the Russian River Valley … Sonoma Wine Country. The most common thing our guests tell us when checking out is “I wish we could stay longer!” There is a wealth of things to do when visiting The Raford Inn, so we encourage guests to stay longer and enjoy more! Here are some of their favorites … 

wine tasting room

Wine Tasting @ Sonoma Wineries

bicycle the wine country

Bicycle @ Russian River Valley


Take in the Scenery @ Sonoma Wine Country

russian river

Water Sports @ Russian River

armstrong woods

Hike @ Armstrong Woods

vast vineyards in russian river valley

Relax @ Sonoma Coast