Armstrong National Park is a reminder of a time long before modern forestry came to Sonoma County. Fortunately, one wise lumberman put aside 805 acres of dense redwood forest so that future generations could enjoy the ancient beauty of the region’s distinctive flora. The park offers beautiful paths for hikes and leisurely strolls beneath the forest canopy. Sonoma Country, besides providing refuge for redwoods, is a veritable mecca of red wines. The region has gained recognition for its stand-out Pinot Noir, and remains a peaceful alternative to the Napa Valley with relatively low-key tastings in a country setting. From wine tastings to river rafting along the nearby Russian River, the region has diverse options for recreation. One lumberman’s insight is every man’s gain, so take advantage of the region’s natural sanctuary with your favorite travel companions at a cabin, cottage, tent, or yurt near Armstrong State Natural Reserve.