The Napa Valley and Sonoma Country are perhaps better known for their wines than their beaches. All the better, since you can still find yourself a quiet refuge just a stone’s throw away from both regions’ bustling wineries. Near Napa, Bodega Bay offers long sandy beaches along the ocean, while Doran Beach is tucked into a bay. Salmon Creek is rocky and ideal for those who prefer a more rustic shoreline. Along the Sonoma Coast, the Kortum Trail opens onto the bluffs of Goat Rock Beach which descend into wide sand beaches. Salmon Creek Beach, north of Bodega Bay, is divided by the creek that gives the beach its name into two sections, both ideal for walking, picnicking, surfing, or simply relaxing in the sun. The ideal time to visit? We recommend spring for its excellent weather, sparse crowds, and spectacular wildflowers. Enjoy a waterside glass of California Cab at a coastal cabin or a luxury yurt in the upcoming vernal season.