How to have a great long weekend running in Sonoma wine country

Sunrise in Sonoma

Step one:

Rent a place off AirBnB at a private vineyard. How many times in your life will you be able to stay at someone’s private wine heaven?

Step two:

Stop by the Windsor Tasting Room in downtown Healdsburg for wine tasting. Talk to Paul. He pours wine, has silver (by choice, not age) hair that stands up 6 inches on his head (also by choice), and recently lost 50 pounds.

Step three:

Head over to the Healdsburg Running Company (HRC). Talk to James or any of the people who work there. They will welcome you, offer you a beer or wine, and ask you to just hang out. It’s that kind of store.  They will also invite you to join their group run on Saturday.

Step four:

Join the 8AM Saturday group run with the HRC. We did it and got to trail test the Montrail FluidFlext ST for 4 hours! Which we loved. And then bought.

Step five:

Head over to the South Lake Trailhead of Lake Sonoma. We did an 18 mile out and back. It was pretty, lots of ups and downs, and very hard to get lost. Bring plenty of water as there is no place to refill (at least for the first 9 miles).

Step six:

Enjoy dinner at Scopa. Unless you made reservations, you need to get there about 20 minutes before they open if you want a seat. They only have 6 seats at the bar for people not on the list and it’s first come first serve.  If you are a vegetarian, order the Pizza Bianca. You’re welcome.

Step seven:

Wake up leisurely on Sunday morning and run through the small private vineyards that are all around you. We did a lovely, lazy 10 miler. 5-miles into Healdsburg. Stop for coffee and baked deliciousness. Sit at the park. Run 5-miles back to our vineyard home.

Step eight:

Make sure you visit at least one of the big famous wineries. We almost forgot! We went to Coppola before heading home, which was sort of surreal but it ended up having our favorite wine of the trip and we bought three bottles.

Enjoy!

Meeting the HRC for a group run on Saturday
Meeting the HRC for a group run on Saturday
Running Lake Sonoma. You can just make out Scott in the top left.
Running Lake Sonoma. You can just make out Scott in the top left.
The lake is so low but still peaceful. Made us think of a bayou because of the color.
The lake is so low but still peaceful. Made us think of a bayou because of the color.
Our home for the weekend. Pony Ranch Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg
Our home for the weekend. Pony Ranch Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg
Sunday morning winery run. So many choices!
Sunday morning winery run. So many choices!
Views along our winery run
Views along our winery run
We stopped at mile 5 for coffee, pastries, and sitting in the park
We stopped at mile 5 for coffee, pastries, and sitting in the park
A few more minutes of peace and wine at Coppola before heading home
A few more minutes of peace and wine at Coppola before heading home
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