Life in Sonoma County provides opportunities for countless activities and excursions and many lesbian and gay specific options as well. Hiking and walking trails run the gamut from city parks and redwood groves to riverbanks and ocean beaches. Fountaingrove Lodge provides easy access to local markets, lesbian and gay clubs, wineries, and boutiques. There are miles of scenic back roads for bicycling and exploring by car. The Russian River, Spring Lake, and Lake Sonoma offer a variety of water activities.
For the sports enthusiast, the county boasts 18 golf courses. Museums pay tribute to General Vallejo, his Spanish troops, and the Sonoma Mission. Jack London is celebrated at Jack London State Park. Luther Burbank, the Native Americans, and the unique imagination of Charles Schulz are highlighted at other venues around the county. Continuing educational opportunities are available both on and off campus through Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.
The dynamic and innovative Santa Rosa Symphony inspires and engages the residents of the region with the finest musical performances. Theater productions are vibrant and varied and flourish in several events centers around the area. World-class wineries abound in the famous Sonoma and Napa Valleys and offer the possibility for a multitude of outings, events and tasting opportunities. San Francisco, an hour away, provides a more urban experience, with its night life and rich cultural events, while the Russian River LGBT resort and club scene is only 20 minutes away.