Featured Road Trip Archive

May's Road Trip


Starting in Marin, head to Lagunitas on Sir Francis Drake Blvd bovine bakeryfrom Hwy 101 is just over 12.5 miles and approximately 25 minutes for lunch at Arti Natural Organic Indian Café, with great reviews on YELP. Or for morning pastries and coffee try the Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station, just under 23 miles and 45 minutes from Hwy 101 on Sir Francis Drake/Shoreline Hwy/CA 1. 

If you get your pastries and coffee to go, you can enjoy them on the secluded beach at Millerton Beach State Park just under 5 miles and 8 minutes from Point Reyes Station on Shoreline Hwy/CA 1.

nicks cove viewOn your return trip enjoy dinner or even spend the night at Nick's Cove just over 15 miles and 25 minutes from Osmosis on CA 1. Or try the accommodations and gorgeous views of Ann’s View on Tomales Bay.

If you have time and an interest in the Conservation Science and Habitat Protection programs ofAudubon Canyon Ranch, public access is available to Cypress Grove Research Center by appointment only at cgrc@egret.org.

Or go kayaking on Tomalas Bay with Blue Waters Kayaking on CA 1. For something extra special plan your trip around the Blue Waters Kayaking posted summer dates and take the Bioluminescence Paddle Tours. For the bioluminescence dates and all other kayaking info Click Here.

blue water kayaking

 

June's Road Trip

 

Starting in Marin, head North on Hwy 101 towards Petaluma. gohan sushiTake exit 476 for Old Redwood Hwy toward Penngrove. Turn LEFT off the exit onto Old Redwood Hwy to head to Osmosis... but if you want to stop for lunch, there are a three great eateries just around the corner.

For lunch, turn RIGHT onto Old Redwood Hwy. You can enjoy a delicious, healthy vegan meal at Lydia's Organic Kitchen at the Sunflower Center just down the street on your left. If you turn right onto North McDowell Blvd., you can indulge in some delightful sushi at Gohan Japanese Restaurant or an exotic Himalyan spread at Namaste Kitchen.
namaste kitchen dumplings

After lunch, head back over the Freeway on Old Redwood Hwy for a scenic, country drive to your relaxation destination.

Take the first RIGHT onto Stony Point Road.

Just over a mile down the road, take a slight LEFT onto Pepper Rd. Travel along Pepper Road for 4.5 miles until you come to Walker Road.valley ford

Turn RIGHT onto Walker Road and travel along for nearly 3 miles when you will come to a stop at Valley Ford Road.

Turn RIGHT on Valley Ford Road and after about 8 miles you will come to the little town of Valley Ford.

Keep your eye open for a slight RIGHT turn onto the Freestone Valley Ford Road (there will be signs pointing to Occidental/Monte Rio).

This windy scenic cutover will come to a stop where you will turn RIGHT onto the Bodega Hwy/Hwy 12 (there will be signs pointing to Occidental/Monte Rio/Sebastopol). 

freestone at sunset
Just a 1.5 miles down Hwy 12, you will see a LEFT turn lane which leads you onto the Bohemian Hwy. Osmosis will be just a quarter-mile down the road on the right!


 

 

 

July's Road Trip

 

Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, head towards Occidental on the Bohemian Hwy. If you're hungry after your morning of spa services and want a nice place for lunch, you can stop in at Howard Station Cafe for a healthy, satisfying meal.

Once in downtown Occidental, take a left onto Coleman Valley Road. This ten mile scenic corridor winds its way through rolling hills and groves of Redwoods and Eucalyptus and eventually descends onto California State Route 1 just South of Jenner. Famed for its beautiful vistas, Coleman Valley Road has been featured in several major motion pictures and is often the stage for bicycle tours and races.

 

If you would like to enjoy a nice afternoon of beachside winetasting, travel South on Hwy 1 to Bodega Bay and stop in at Gourmet au Bay. Linger on the deck and soak in the view while you sample some local cheeses and taste some of Sonoma County's finest vintages.

 

 

For those interested in a weekend getaway, travel back to Occidental to the lovely Inn at Occidental for a quaint, relaxing respite. Overnight Spa packages including stay at the Inn at Occidental are available seasonally. Click here for more details. After settling in to your room, stroll over to the Bistro des Copains to enjoy an evening of delicious french-inspired cuisine.

August's Road Trip


This Road Trip features a scenic route through wine country leading you to beautiful downtown Healdsburg.

Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, turn left out of the driveway, then take another left onto Bodega Highway (Hwy 12). Travel a few  miles down the road, then turn left onto Ferguson Lane which will eventually end at stop sign. Travel forward onto Mill Station Road which will wind you out onto Hwy 116. Take a left onto Hwy 116 and head into Forestville. If you're hungry after your morning of spa services and want a nice place for lunch, you can stop in at Cork's Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards. Not only is the food and wine delicious, but the view and wine tasting options are fabulous.

Once in downtown Forestville, you may want to check out the local artist's exhibit at Quicksilver Mine Company Gallery. From Hwy 116 in downtown Forestville, turn right onto Mirabel Road. Travel along Mirabel until it ends and then turn left onto River Road. Drive along the Russian River, through stands of Redwoods until you cross the Hacienda Bridge. Shortly past the bridge, turn right onto Westside Road.

Now that you are on one of the prettiest wine roads in the county, you have your choice of some spectacular wineries as you head into Healdsburg: Gary Farrell (you must try the Pinot), Thomas George Estates (wine tasting in a cave), Arista (amazing Japanese gardens- see photo on left), Porter Creek Vineyards (delicious bio-dynamic wines) and lastly Alderbrook (their port is absolutely delightful). For something off the beaten-wine-path, stop in at DaVero for some delicious olive oil and jam tasting. 

After your day of spa services, sightseeing, winetasting and the like, head into downtown Healdsburg and check in for the night. There are several luxurious hotels within walking distance to the plaza which is brimming with festivities most evenings. Choose from the Healdsburg Inn, the H2 Hotel (with its yummy restaurant Spoonbar), or the Hotel Healdsburg. If you have never been to Healdsburg, you will be surprised by its plethora of art galleries, boutiques and top-notch restaurants. For a fun Summer evening feast, you might check out Barn Diva which has a lovely outdoor patio, the perfect setting for either dinner or cocktails. Also on the plaza is Scopa, a nice Italian eatery and  Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar, famous for its seafood tapas. 

If you are staying in town the next day, there are many exciting adventures to be found in and around Healdsburg. One of our favorites is Segway of Healdsburg, a unique way to sightsee! You can also explore Healdsburg through bike tours, walking tours and even gallery tours. Enjoy!

 

 

September's Road Trip

This Road Trip features a scenic route through the Olivet Road wine country.

Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, turn right out of the driveway onto the Bohemian Highway. Travel along through the town of Occidental. Just past the Occidental Community Center, turn Right onto Graton Road. Graton Road winds its way through the town of Graton and ends at a traffic light at Hwy 116. Head straight through this intersection onto Frei Road. For a delicious sampling of wine and beautiful gardens (photo right), you might want to check out Lynmar Estate Winery on Frei Road.

Frei Road will bring you to Guerneville Road. Turn Right onto Guerneville Road and travel just over a mile until you see Olivet Road on your left. Once on Olivet Road you have a nice selection of wineries to choose from. Several of these wineries have been producing award-winning wines since the 1800's! Every Spring there is an event centered around this small terroir The Taste of Olivet.

 

Some of our favorite Olivet Road wineries are:

De Loach Vineyards, and Inman Family Wines who both produce amazing Biodynamic Pinot Noirs,  Battaglini Estate Winery which is known for its award-winning hearty Zins, Hook & Ladder Winery  owned by famed winemaker Cecil De Loach (a former firefighter, hence the name) and Harvest Moon where you simply must try their selection of Gewurztraminers.

If time permits, there are a host of other stellar wineries just around the corner: Sunce, Benovia, Pellegrini Family Wines, Inspiration, Tara Bella, and Gamba Vineyards.

 

As your afternoon of sampling wines winds down, you will probably need a little nourishment. For a truly delicious, farm-to-table experience, stop in at Zazu Restaurant. This husband and wife team of chefs brings you comfort foods with flair. With its own organic farm, chickens, pigs and the like, Zazu's Michelin starred menu is fresh and healthy (they even host their own Farmer's Market behind the restaurant on certain days). Be sure to check out the chefs' side-project, the renowned Black Pig Meat Company which is famous for its Bacon! Reservations recommended.

 

 

 

October's Road Trip


This month's Road Trip brings you to one of our favorite towns nearby, Graton.

Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, turn right out of the driveway onto the Bohemian Highway. Travel along through the town of Occidental. Just past the Occidental Community Center, turn Right onto Graton Road. Graton Road delivers you right into the quaint downtown stretch of Graton. You can while away an entire afternoon here between the delicious restaurants and unique shops. After a morning of spa treatments, your tummy is likely grumbling. Stop in at the Willow Wood Market Cafe where "Good, down-home comfort food is dished up with genuine hospitality"  ~(Michelin Guide). Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

If wine tasting is on your menu, there are several great wineries just around the corner. Graton is located in the Green Valley area of the Russian River wine appellation which is known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Dutton-Goldfiend and Marimar Estate Winery  (photo left) are definitely worth a visit. Graton Ridge Cellars, which is just down the road, has a nice selection of varietals, all delicious. If you have time, you can also buy a nice glass of delicious wine to sip in the garden.

Graton has a pretty celebratory night life as well. The Underwood Bar & Bistro is famous for its delightful menu and delicious cocktails. Stay into the evening for a late-night tapas menu and bocce ball on the outdoor patio (Reservations recommended). And if you are in luck, Mexico Lindo will be hosting live flamenco dancers and music.

 

Graton/Sebastopol has so much to offer, you might want to make a weekend of your visit. Several nice Inns are available for overnight stays nearby. The Inn at Occidental is a local favorite, and it is conveniently just down the road from Osmosis. In addition, there is the luxurious Avalon Inn nestled in the trees along Graton Road. For a nice traditional Bed & Breakfast, the Vine Hill Inn, is quite lovely.

 

 

November's Road Trip


This month's Road Trip brings you through the quaint town of Sebastopol, just 10 minutes from Osmosis!

Starting at Osmosis Day Spa, turn left out of the driveway onto the Bohemian Highway. Travel 1/4 miles to where the Bohemian Hwy meets Hwy 12 (aka Bodega Hwy). At the stop sign, turn left and follow this winding, scenic road for 6 miles, passing through apple orchards and amazing vistas until you reach downtown Sebastopol. After your morning of spa services, you might like to get a bite to eat at the East West Cafe, right along Main Street. This healthy eatery boasts a lovely menu for both breakfast and lunch and is open 7 days/week.

 

If you just want a light meal and a nice cup of tea, Infusions Tea House is just around the corner. They have a plethora of herbs and teas for you to enjoy along with amazing gourmet chocolates prepared onsite by Sonoma Chocolatiers. After lunch, stroll along Main Street and you will find many interesting local shops for your Holiday needs. Silk Moon boasts a lovely variety of imported clothes and accessories while Artisana focuses on local artisans crafts (jewelery, pottery, etc). Copperfields Books has quite an extensive library to choose from ranging from obscure titles to best sellers. Spend an afternoon browsing and you will be sure to check some items off your Holiday shopping list.

 

Feeling like a nice relaxing glass of wine after shopping? Stop in the new Hook & Ladder tasting room on the corner of Main Street and Bodega Avenue or relax in the beer garden at the HopMonk Tavern and sample the local brews. You can either stay for a pub-fare dinner and live music or head down the street to K & L Bistro for a Michelin starred feast. If you are interested in a unique dining experience, check out the Starlight Wine Bar which is housed in a fully restored vintage railway car (photo right)... oh, and the food is great too!

 
Patrick Ball
An Evening of Celtic Harp and Irish Storytelling
In the magical Meditation Garden

Thursday August 14 * 6 - 9pm

$30 admission includes appetizers and wine pairing by Dutton-Goldfield, concert, dessert and enzyme footbaths
RSVP Required

 
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