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“100 Things to Do in Sonoma County Before You Die”

“100 Things to Do in Sonoma County Before You Die”

Local travel writer from Oakmont, Yvonne Horn, to hold virtual presentation about her new book

Yvonne Horn, a third-generation Sonoma County resident of Oakmont, just published a new offering for the Reedy Press’ “100 Things to Do” series. She will give a virtual presentation on her new book, “100 Things to Do in Sonoma County Before You Die,” on April 29 at 7 p.m.

While not a guidebook in the traditional sense, Horn offers an “insider’s” nooks-and-crannies exploration of the entire county. Local attractions Transcendence Theatre, Imagery Estate Winery, Jack London State Historic Park, and the House of Happy Walls all made the cut. Quarry Hill Botanical Gardens made the list right before its name change to Sonoma Botanical Garden. Readers are invited to “View the Stars and Walk the Solar System at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.”

Horn faced a big challenge after she completed what she thought was her final draft. “I realized I actually had 104 entries instead of 100,” said Horn. She had to make the very difficult decision of what to cut. Horn declined to tell the Kenwood Press what those four unfortunate items were.

She tried to choose places and experiences that had something extra. For example, with 450 wineries in Sonoma County to choose from, she included places like Imagery, which has a gallery of wine labels in addition to wine tasting.

Horn wrote the book in a short four months during the summer of 2020. “The book gave me focus at a very difficult time,” she said. When she was done with the book she went out and discovered Sonoma County anew, following roads she’d passed by and enjoying what makes Sonoma County special all over again. Horn’s travel writing has appeared in such diverse national and international publications as Bon Appetit, Golf Digest, South China Morning Post, and in newspapers across the US including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Press Democrat. She’s won two Lowell Thomas Awards, considered the Oscar of travel writing, and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Bay Area Travel Writers, and Garden Communicators International.

To register for the free presentation on April 29 at 7:00 p.m., visit