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Wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike will find a great base of operations in the town of Kenwood (pop. 1,028), located in eastern Sonoma County at the north end of the picturesque Sonoma Valley. Wine tasting — and more — is available at in-town tasting rooms or in the world-renowned wineries along the outskirts of town. Sample the extra virgin vintages at the charmingly rustic Figone's Olive Oil store. Shop for hand-made folk art, artisan wine racks, and garden and pet supplies at Swede's Feeds. You'll recognize it by the colorful metal-welded animal sculptures standing in the store's front yard: at time the metal menagerie has included a 10-foot-tall dinosaur or 12-foot-tall giraffe.
Explore the outdoors at nearby Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, home to miles of trails, a waterfall, and Bald Mountain. It's also home to the Robert Ferguson Observatory. South of town, Wildwood Farm Sculpture Garden features sculptures scattered on trails throughout the nursery.
Kenwood offers a range of lodging options, including bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals, and winery cottages. The Kenwood Inn & Spa, a Mediterranean villa-style resort, consistently receives awards from Conde Nast Traveler and other travel publications. Pick up picnic supplies at the Kenwood Market. If dining out, enjoy relaxed dining at the Italian trattoria-style Café Citti, or burgers, barbecue, pizza, and other New American cuisine at Palooza Gastropub & Wine Bar, which features local wines and 16 micro-craft beers