Home Sweet Home, Northern California!

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Managing Real Estate Broker CalBRE# 01433049

Home Sweet Home, Northern California!

The Active Rain blogging community has been challenged to showcase the state or province they live in ... a challenge that I am certainly up for because I absolutely love where I live.

For starters, California is a HUGE state, and NorCal is so different than SoCal. To tell you the truth, I rarely visit SoCal, so I would just be making stuff up if I tried to tell you what it is like down there. So here goes, this is Northern California ...

The vineyards - I've lost track of how many hundreds of thousands of acres are planted with wine grapes. When fall comes, the leaves turn colors very much like a maple tree. Every varietal has their own palette of colors.

Vineyards in the Fall - Healdsburg

The signage - we really don't care if you know the name of the road you are on, we just care that you find the tasting room you are looking for.

Tasting room choices in Sonoma Valley

 The Hot Air Balloons - Who needs a large wedding when you can get married in the air?

Hot Air Balloon on Occidental Rd

 The City - San Francisco has so much to offer. Theaters, professional sports, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco at night

The House Boats - Rock-a-bye Baby!

Sausalito house boats

 The Fog - Northern California heats up during the day, then cools down at night with the fog.

Fog on Coleman Valley Rd

The Pacific Ocean - We don't have long, sandy beaches, the coastline is rugged and beautiful. And forget about swimming, you need a wet suit to enter this water. Abalone diving is alive and well here.

Pacific Ocean at Bodega Head

The Volcano - Mt Lassen Volcanic National Park

Mt Lassen Bumpass Hell trail

 The Seafood - Salmon, crab and lobster, oh my. OK, just kidding about the lobster. NorCal is ground zero for Dungeness crab, the season usually starts  just in time for Thanksgiving.

Fishing boat with crab pots - Bodega Harbor

The Climate - There might be 5 weeks total out of the year where you need to wear a coat. Otherwise, the sky pretty much looks like this year round.

Mustard growing with Taylor Mountain in background

The fascination with Peanuts - Charles Schulz wrote his Peanuts strip here in Santa Rosa. The town is littered with Peanuts statues of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Woodstock.

Woodstock

The kayaking - The Russian and Eel rivers are perfect for kayaking through redwood forests.

Kayaking down the Russian River

 

 Now ... can you see why I love this place so much? Believe me, I've barely scratched the surface. I'm going to leave you with some parting photos of what dominates the culture of the county I live in ... wine.

 

Hop Kiln Winery - Healdsburg

Castello di Amorosa - Calistoga

 Castello di Amorosa - Calistoga

 

 

 

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Cynthia Larsen (707-332-2560) is an independent real estate referral broker in Sonoma County, California as well as a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist.

CA Broker License #01433049

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Chris Ann Cleland
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Gorgeous photos.  Makes me want to hop a plane and get out there now.  I visited San Francisco once and we drove up through wine country.  I would love to get back there.

Oct 08, 2013 09:15 AM #1
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Cynthia Larsen
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Chris Ann - then you have seen a lot of this scenery first hand! Make sure you look me up if you make it out here. We could even bribe Elizabeth Weintraub with a glass of wine to join us.

Oct 08, 2013 09:24 AM #2
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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You have such a beautiful state I have explored both NorCal and SoCal. Although it has been talked about for several years; I do believe the state might split into two states someday. It's just too big to satisfy everyone politically...

Oct 08, 2013 09:39 AM #3
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Cynthia Larsen
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Paul - it's been talked about quite a bit. I don't think Los Angeles likes the location of the Capital up here in Sacramento. Oh well! The real news is the revived talk about the State of Jefferson. Last month, both Siskiyou and Modoc counties voted to secede from California. My only peeve is that they want to take Shasta with them. Nooooo!!

Oct 08, 2013 09:53 AM #4
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Kathy Sheehan
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Cynthia, without question you live in a beautiful part of the country.  

Oct 08, 2013 09:56 AM #5
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Cynthia Larsen
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Kathy - yes ... and I never take it for granted. I marvel at the beauty every single day.

Oct 08, 2013 10:58 AM #6
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Cindy Jones
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I used to go to San Fran on business quite a bit.  Would love to come back and spend a leisurely week along the Northern Coastline.

Oct 08, 2013 11:52 AM #7
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What a great post with amazing photos. I have fond memories of riding the pacific highway on the back of a Harley. Those were good times indeed.

Oct 08, 2013 09:07 PM #8
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Roger D. Mucci
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WOW!   Where do I sign up for the guided tour?  Spectacular!

Oct 08, 2013 09:21 PM #9
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Cynthia Larsen
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Cindy - take a break and come out here!

Ellie - I've ridden up PCH on a Harley too, what a great way to see this wonderful state.

Roger - just give me a call! The best (safest) weather is April through October.

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Joe Petrowsky
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That is a lot of beautiful reasons for folks to live and visit Northern California. Visited many times, never get tired of the experience.

Oct 08, 2013 11:32 PM #11
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Cynthia Larsen
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Joe - I'm here 365/24/7 and never get tired of it either!

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Thank you, Brian, I really appreciate your kind words!

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