Weekend getaways in Sonoma County

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Easy weekend getaways pack a lot of vacation punch. Travel enthusiast Dana Rebmann has some her favorites in Sonoma County wine country.

Dana found that after last month’s flooding, Guerneville is open for business again, and now is a great time to visit. It’s the bubbles that bring most visitors to Korbel Winery, but take the free tour and the history you’ll learn along the way gives you a new perspective on this slice of wine country.

The Korbel Brothers operated a sawmill here, making cigar boxes from the redwoods, but they knew they had to find another way to make a living from the land. They started planting things.. olives, plums, even tobacco.. through trial and error wine became the winner.

There’s a unique assortment of both old and new equipment on display, and everyone’s favorite part, all tours end in the tasting room with samples. Tours last about an hour and take place numerous times a day.

You don’t need to make a reservation, you just show up.

Dana likes the Russian River Valley, and Guerneville especially because it offers so many other great things to get outside and do.

Hiking Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve is a must-do. Even on a busy day, its crowds seem small.

Dana says there’s a trail for every ability. Downtown Guerneville is small, but it’s fun to explore. It’s easy to do on foot and has an old-school feel, thanks to spots like the 5 & 10.

There aren’t a large number of restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you won’t eat well. Pop up dinners are happening four nights a week at spots including Big Bottom Market and Stumptown Brewery.

If you’re craving soul food or Indian, you don’t need to leave town. You could visit Guerneville as a day trip, but it’s a lot more fun to stay for the night at AutoCamp.

23 custom-designed Airstream trailers and 10 luxury tents offered April 1 through October 31st.

The sheer coolness factor aside, the Airstreams are loaded with bells and whistles. Queen beds, kitchens with sink and refrigerator, and a spacious bathroom. There are even heat and air conditioning.

The luxury tents have queen beds, complete with electric blankets for chilly nights. Bathrooms and showers are located in the AutoCamp clubhouse.

Both the Airstreams and tents have an outdoor patio area with a sitting area and a fire pit with a grill top.

So, after you go out to dinner down the road in Guerneville, plan on making s’mores later. Rates at AutoCamp Russian River start at $290 per night in the Airstreams and $210 per night in the luxury tents.

Wi-Fi and parking are complimentary.

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