I spent the day among the redwoods and along the coast today. After a rejuvenating ten hours of sleep, I went for a non-sugary breakfast (I know, what’s wrong with me?!) at the hotel and then set out for Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville. I have been to Muir Woods before, and Armstrong Redwoods has the same beauty without the crowds. There are several trails you can take, but I settled for a loop walk on a couple of shorter trails. I am always amazed by the sheer size of the giant trees and the knowledge that those same trees have been in the same spot for centuries.
After my walk through the redwoods, I headed for the Sonoma coast. As is often the case, the coast was shrouded in fog. I drove the short distance between Jenner and Bodega Bay before turning back inland to Sebastopol. Not being a wine drinker, I had found a winery in Sebastopol that also makes their own cider. I enjoyed a nice afternoon in the garden at Horse and Plow with a cider flight and charcuterie plate.
Back to the hotel for a quick swim, and then I hit KIN for dinner. Golden State Cider and mac and cheese made for a nice dinner, but let’s be honest… it was the incredible baked hot chocolate that I was really there for!