Walk, Wag, Wine

It’s time for another Kinde Vineyard dog walk around the vineyards.  I’ve done this hike a few times, and it is one of my favorite dog walks.  The hike is led by Kunde wine grower  Jeff Kunde and his dog.  Be prepared to hike 4-5 miles through the hills and vineyards of the Kunde Winery.  The hike is strenuous, reaching altitudes of 1400 ft.

Every mile or so there is a place to stop and rest under an oak tree, and  to enjoy a Kunde varietal wine.  Starting with cool whites, moving to reds and blends.  Enjoy seeing the 100-year-old vines and beautiful views of the Valley of the Moon all while letting Fido run leash free through the vineyards.

The hike sells out, so make your reservation soon.  A portion of the hike benefits the Sonoma County Humane Society.

  • What: Kunde Vineyard Dog Hike
  • Where: Kunde Vineyard 9825 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood
  • When: Saturday Sept 30 9am
  • Cost: $75
  • More info :Dogs

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

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  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Maddie and Emma, my newest foster beagles

Rescue for North Bay Beagles brought me 2 new dogs to foster until they find their “forever home”.  Emma (left) and Maddy (right).  Not sure what their history is, but both are very scared of a tall man.  It took a good 30 minutes to get them to come inside last night because they are so afraid of me.  Eventually I got them in, and they chose to sleep on the couch last night.

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Rescue beagles Emma and Maddie

Hopefully before they get adopted, I can get them use to being held, and touched.

If your interested in adopting or providing foster care for a rescue beagle, contact Pam at Rescue for North Bay Beagles at:

 

 

 

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Certified Tourism Ambassador

 

Rincon Valley’s Spring Lake

Rincon Valley has one of the BEST parks in Santa Rosa!  If you are trying to decide what part of Santa Rosa to move to, this article will give you one more reason to want to live in Rincon Valley.  

Spring Lake is a 320 acre county regional park located in eastern Santa Rosa between Summerfield Rd. and Montgomery Drive.  Spring Lake was originally built in 1961 as part of global flood control program for Rincon Valley, Bennett Valley, and downtown Santa Rosa.  In 1974 Spring Lake was further developed into what is now one of Sonoma County’s most used parks.

Spring Lake really is your “one stop” park.  You can find almost any park activity you want here.  

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72 acre Spring Lake

Spring Lake: is the parks biggest attraction.  The 72 acre lake which (except during extreme drought) is usually full year round is a great place to boat, fish, kayak, paddle board, and bird watch.  There is a 2.3 mile paved trail that circles that lake, great for walking, biking, and jogging.   The trail is wheel chair accessible.  Boats are available to rent at the lake.  No swimming or gas-powered engines are allowed in/on the lake. 

Boating: Sailing, kayak, stand up paddle board, and small boats with electric motors may use the lake.  A boat ramp can be accessed off the Newanga entrance at a cost of $4 per boat.  Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and peddle boats can be rented during the summer months near the Violetti entrance.  No swimming is allowed in the lake.

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Boats available for rent

Fishing:  Big mouth bass, Sunfish, Catfish, and other fish can be caught in the lake.  Fishing poles can be rented from the concessionaire off Violetti Rd.  Fishing license is required.

Fishing on Spring Lake

The Lagoon:  The swimming lagoon is a 3 acre spring fed swimming area adjacent to Spring Lake.  The swimming lagoon is open to the public Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  It is surrounded by sandy beach with lots of manicured lawn and mature trees to sit under on a hot day.   Picnic tables and some barbecue pits are available for use.  It’s the perfect place to escape hot summer days.  The lagoon is lifeguard protected.  Recently an inflatable playground was added to one end of the lagoon where kids can play for an additional fee.  Inner tubes can be rented at the concessionaire stand.

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Inflatable floating playground at the Spring Lake swimming lagoon

Picnicing & barbeque:  There are 200 picnic tables throughout Spring Lake including 5 group sites that are wheelchair accessible. Some sites have barbeque’s

Group picnic area at Spring Lake

Group picnic area with BBQ

The Otter Cafe:  Serves affordable lunch and dinner items, along with snacks and beer & wine.  There is an outdoor seating area with lounge chairs and tables where patrons of the cafe can sit and look over the lagoon. 

Camping: Spring Lake offers camping with 31 sites that can be reserved.  RV’s, trailers, and tent camping is popular.  There are 3 cabins that have recently been added and a site for group camping that can accommodate up to 75 people.  Camping is accessible from the Newanga entrance.  Camping is daily Memorial Day – Labor Day, and weekends and holidays only during the rest of the year. 

Camping at Spring Lake

Spring Lake campground

Hiking/walking/jogging/biking: There are 10 miles of hiking and biking trails around Spring Lake.  There is one main 2.3 mile paved trail that circles the lake.  

Spring Lake Trail

Paved 2.3 mile trail circles the lake

Environmental Discovery Center: The Environmental Discovery Center is a hands on interactive science museum designed for elementary school aged children.  Open Wed – Sun, 12 to 5pm.  Access the Discovery Center from the Violetti entrance.

Summer Camp: Spring Lake is host to many kid’s summer camps through both the city of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Parks.  Visit their websites to see what is available.  

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Kids attend Lifeguard Camp at Spring Lake

Other Events: Sonoma County Parks hold other events at Spring Lake such as:

  • Water Bark
  • REI equipment boat trials
  • Fishing lessons
  • Intro to SUP
  • Science Saturdays
  • Paddle Board Yoga
  • Event Calendar

 

Where: Spring Lake

  • South entance 5585 Newanga Ave Santa Rosa (camping, boat ramp, Horse trailers)
  • North entrance 393 Violetti Road Santa Rosa

When: 

  • Park is open year round 7am – sunset
  • Swimming lagoon & Otter Cafe Memorial Day – Labor Day

Cost:

  • $7 per car
  • $4 per boat
  • Both are free with park membership.
  • Park Membership: $69

Dogs: yes with some restrictions see park web page for more info

Ranger: 707.539.8092

More info:  Spring Lake

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Meet Bella my latest rescue beagle available for adoption

 

This is Bella my most recent foster beagle. She was surrendered to Rescue for North Bay Beagles by her owner. I’ve only had her for 24 hours, and have seen that she is a sweet loving dog who enjoys walks and being held. She is totally house trained, and loves sleeping quietly on the bed or in her crate. She is a very small beagle/dachshund mix who is looking for her forever family.

If you are interested in adopting Bella, contact Pam at Rescue for North Bay Beagles.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Get out of the house! 5 things you can do tonight!

Summer isn’t going to last forever. Here are 5 things you can do tonight

1. Funky Friday

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Enjoy music and food in a family friendly environment at the Hood House.  If you haven’t been yet, there are only 2 shows left after tonight’s show.  Tonight, The Soulside Blues Band.

When: Tonight (Friday) 7pm – 9pm +/-

Where: Hood Mansion N. Pythian Santa Rosa

Cost: $10 plus parking unless you have a Son. Co. Reg. Park pass

Food: Beer, wine, food available for purchase

More info: Funky Friday

2. Friday Night Live in Cloverdale

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It’s a drive, but well worth it.  Great outdoor venue, warm weather, tons of food for purchase at the outdoor market on Cloverdale Blvd.  Tonight, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a latin big band.

When: Tonight (Friday) 6:30 – 9:30 +/-

Where: Cloverdale Blvd plaza

Cost: Free

Food: Wide variety of food and beverages available to purchase, or bring your own.

More info: Friday Night Live

3. Rincon Valley Dog Park social

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Bring your best friend to the Rincon Valley Dog park for human food and beverages.  Well behaved dogs can play in the fenced park while adults socialize over pot luck type food and snacks.  Bring something to share.

When: Tonight (Friday) 5:30 – Dark

Where: Rincon Valley Community Park Montecito Blvd (near the library)

Cost:  Free

Food: Bring a beverage of snack to share

4. Sebastiani Friday Night Concert Series

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Food trucks are available on the last Friday of the month, otherwise, bring a picnic and buy a glass or bottle of wine and enjoy a meal out by the fountain in front of the tasting room.  Inside the Blues Burners will be entertaining an enthusiastic audience with danceable hits from the past.

When: Tonight (Friday) 6pm – 9pm

Where: Sebastiani Winery 389 Fourth St Sonoma

More info: Sebastiani Friday nights

5. Movies in the Park

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Bring the family and a picnic dinner to Howarth Park and catch Lego Batman.

When: Tonight (Friday) 7:30 – 10pm

Where: Howarth Park 630 Summerfield Rd

Cost: Free

More info: Movie

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert. Tourism Ambassador 

Wine Country Horse Racing

It’s fair time in Sonoma County. The fairgrounds in Santa Rosa are alive with food vendors, carnival rides, livestock exhibits, concerts, the famous Hall of Flowers, and of course Wine Country Horse Racing.

The fair runs from now until Aug 13th and is located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds 1350 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa, CA.

Horse racing dates:
Aug 3-6
Aug 10-13
Aug 18-20 (post fair race)

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Hat Day at the Sonoma County Fair

This photo was taken of Gwen and me at the track on opening day. We attended a special “Hat Day” event which included lunch, grandstand seating, and a hat competition. The photograph was taken by WB Photography of Santa Rosa who always does an outstanding job capturing the fair’s excitement.  Click on the link to see more great picture of the fair and opening day: WB Photography

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

Rincon Valley Library

We are so lucky in Rincon Valley to have one of the newest regional libraries in the city. Built in 1994, it resembles a modern country barn. It is simple but elegant. The inside is a “great room” concept with a kids section at one end. There is ample room to sit and read, or to do research at a table.

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The library is conveniently located between the Rincon Valley Community Park, and Maria Carillo High School.
The library offers the following services:

  • 19 one hour computers
  • video relay for the deaf
  • public printer
  • 2 copy machines
  • 6 one hour computers for kids
  • Cd listening station

The Rincon Valley Library offers the following programs:

Hours:
Open every day 10 am
Closed Sundays
Closes at 9 pm Mon & Wed
Closes at 6 pm Tue, Thurs, and Frid
Closes at 4 pm Saturday
Location: 6959 Montecito Blvd Santa Rosa, CA
Phone: 707.537.0162
More Info: Rincon Valley Library

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

 

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa

 

 

 

 

Hey mister, can you help a dog out?

img_0442Thinking about getting a puppy or dog for yourself, or the family? Consider getting a Beagle. There is a beagle rescue center in Bennett Valley called Rescue For Northbay Beagles. I know the founder, and she accepts beagles from around the country. Lots come from the south (Mississippi, Alabama etc).

She gets them in batches of 2-8 weekly. I have 2 beagles of my own so I volunteer to foster them at my house if Pam runs out of room. They range in age from puppy to senior. Seems the majority are 3yrs – 7 yrs.

Take my word that beagles are the sweetest, kindest dogs. They love to be held and touched. Generally, they are great walkers (on leash) and love socializing at the local dog park. In my opinion, the only downside is that they are ruled by their noses. That means it’s hard to keep them out of the trash, off the counter, and if they get out, frequently they won’t come when they are called. The cure… if you want a beagle, you need to have a secure place for your kitchen garbage can. You need a completely fenced yard at least 4’ high that a beagle can’t jump over, and you need to pay attention to them. They will want to put their heads in your lap as soon as you sit down. They are hounds so most bay when they are excited. Baying sounds like “Arrrrroooooooo” vs. “woof “or “bark”. It’s cute, and most people at the dog park laugh when mine start baying as they chase and play with other dogs.

If you are interested in adopting a beagle, or just fostering one like me, you should contact Pam at Rescue For Northbay Beagles at (707) 360-7539

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I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert. Tourism Ambassador 

What Buyers Want

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I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert. Tourism Ambassador