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Rohnert Park, CA fire damage

MD
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Rohnert Park, CA fire damage

I am considering accompanying my husband on a business trip to Rohnert Park, CA at the end of February 2018. Has the area been damaged by the wildfires to a point where this might not be the best time to visit? How is the area for hiking, birding, photography opportunities?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Rohnert Park, CA fire damage

Rohnert Park was virtually untouched by the fires. It's the home of Sonoma State University, several large corporate parks and the Graton Casino and Hotel. I am not sure how many birders visit it. However, the coast is a short distance away where there is an abundance of hiking, birding, and photo opportunities.

Edited: 15 November 2017, 22:48
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2. Re: Rohnert Park, CA fire damage

Are you planning on staying right in Rohnert Park? Or in a more tourist friendly location?

MD
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3. Re: Rohnert Park, CA fire damage

Thanks. The conference hotel is there. Maybe we'd go somewhere nearby for a couple days when it is over. Do you have a suggestion?

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4. Re: Rohnert Park, CA fire damage

Healdsburg if you want a wine country town with easy access to lots of wineries. Bodega Bay if you want to be on the coast.

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5. Re: Rohnert Park, CA fire damage

The DoubleTree is lovely to stay in and convenient with the Airporter, with good restaurants, nice rooms, and nice grounds. Rohnert Park is a residential planned community, but if you stay near the university when not at your hotel, it looks like the rest of Sonoma County since that part is literally a block from Penngrove and/or Cotati. There was no fire damage in the area except to Crane Creek Park, although it's not that extensive, and the birding is excellent there! It's one of my preferred birdwatching spots in county. Likewise, Taylor Mountain Park, although the trails are steeper, and I have never been birdwatching there.

I like this area because you can get anywhere, fast, by taking Petaluma Hill Road instead of the freeway, so in 10-15 minutes, you can be in Santa Rosa... or Petaluma... or you can cut through Penngrove, take Adobe Road, and wind up in Sonoma in about 30 minutes. Similarly, it's easy to get to Sebastopol in 20-25 minutes through Cotati. Healdsburg is just a few exits up, but normally I don't take the freeways in Sonoma County since the backroads are near to as quick and much more scenic, with lots of small finds along the way.

There are good restaurants along E. Cotati Ave. near the University as well as near Oliver's Market, in Cotati downtown, and in the Double Tree area for more high end spots.

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