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Farther Afield

Adventures, north, south and east of San Francisco

Straus Family Creamery/Local, Organic, Sustainable

Pros: Owner, Albert Straus, runs a brilliant dairy business, with family values
Cons: The challenge of re-programming America to grow and eat healthy foods
Best For: Mighty flavorful dairy products, produced with environmentally sound practices

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve/Ukiah

Pros: Walk Amongst the tallest trees in the world
Cons: You feel small here
Best For: People who like trees

Wine Tasting at Unti Vineyards/Healdsburg

Pros: Red varietals, fruity, full-bodied, produced by artisanal methods
Cons: None
Best For: A family-owned winery, boldly innovative and yet old-world

Vichy Springs Resort/Ukiah

Pros: A real getaway, two hours north of San Francisco
Cons: None, unless de-stressing is a bad thing
Best For: The naturally warm, effervescent mineral baths

Blue Waters Kayaking/ Tomales Bay/North of SF

Pros: A water adventure
Cons: The winds come up in the afternoon, making for a strenuous return
Best For: Paddling 1 mile across the bay to a secluded beach

Berry Picking At Glashoff's Berry Patch/Suisun Valley/NE of SF

Pros: A visit to Maria and Larry Glashoff's farm is a real treat
Cons: Store-bought berries will no longer look appealing
Best For: Hand picking the stellar ingredient for your next berry pie

Cheese Tasting at Nicasio Valley Cheese Company/North Bay

Pros: A great cheesemaker open to the public on the Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail
Cons: Nothing negative can be said about the flowering of artisanal cheesemaking so close to SF
Best For: Enjoying the countryside, tasting and buying cheese to take home

An Easy Redwood Forest Walk In Muir Woods National Monument/North Bay

Pros: An old-growth stand of redwood
Cons: Weekend congestion
Best For: A weekday morning walk among giants

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