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Sonoma Staycations with a Twist

Sonoma  Staycations with a Twist


Had enough of staying close to home? Seen all the tourist attractions, ocean views, and historic sites in Sonoma County? Just in time to get you back on the road again, a local author, Karen Misuraca, has come up with a new book, Secret Sonoma: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure.

A Sonoma County native and veteran author and travel journalist, Misuraca discovered more than eighty lesser-known nooks, crannies, and oddball curiosities in the county, from a hidden museum of militaria and signs of Ice Age mammoths to Russian totem poles, and the largest privately owned museum of Star Wars memorabilia in the galaxy.

Have you ever wanted to climb into the cockpit of a fighter jet or a WWII biplane, or try out the Sonoma Raceway track in your own car? How about hanging out at a Gold Rush-era roadhouse from which, in 1865, militiamen marauded across the countryside?

Secret Sonoma is the key to exploring Glen Ellen and Kenwood, too. You’ll find a charming “history center” in a hallway at Jack London Village, and find out about the raucous annual Jack-to-Jack Yacht Race on Sonoma Creek.

Still tucked away in Kenwood, as it has been since 1886, the grand Richardsonian Romanesque-style Kenwood Depot was Sonoma Valley’s primary railroad station for more than three decades, welcoming San Franciscans who arrived on narrow-gauge trains, headed out on hot springs bathing expeditions to what is today Morton’s Warm Springs Resort.

Secret Sonoma: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure, is on sale at Readers’ Books in Sonoma, Barnes & Noble in Santa Rosa, and Copperfield’s bookstores.