These little NorCal nuggets may not be worthy of their own individual posts but that doesn’t make them any less special.
This roadside diner in Sonoma, CA serves up some pretty tasty reimagined down-home comfort food.
The Fremont Diner (recently revamped as Boxcar Fried Chicken & Biscuits) is bucolic and nostalgic. For years the restaurant was Babe’s Burger and Franks. Chad Harris took over the space in 2009 and had no idea it would garner such a loyal, nearly cult like following.
The Fried chicken w/coleslaw & pickles on Parkerhouse roll (Slider size) was tasty. When you drive by Fremont Diner on Highway 121, in the Carneros district between Sonoma and Napa, it feels as if you’ve traveled to a different decade. The low wooden building resembles a dilapidated Tastee Freez from the 1950s, and the rusted truck in front could have come from a Depression-era farm. It’s a great diner with awesome food.
Northern California artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector built a 65-foot-tall, 10,000-pound obelisk out of around 340 bicycles — and one tricycle.
The monumental sculpture, called “Cyclisk,” is located on a streetcorner in Santa Rosa, CA, right in the midst of a bunch of auto dealerships.
The $37,000 piece was built with funds from Nissan, which built a $3.7 million dealership in the city. Santa Rosa’s “1% for art” law dictates that 1% of major construction projects be devoted to public art.
Grieve and Spector collected the hundreds of bicycles they needed for the project from community donations.
Besides bicycle parts, the monument was sprayed with a treatment to help preserve its color and integrity for many years to come.
Located in Santa Rosa the Russian River Brewing Company (RRBC) was originally owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, CA and was founded on their historic and beautiful property amidst vineyards and redwoods near the Russian River. When Korbel decided to get out of the beer business in 2003, they generously offered the brewmaster, Vinnie Cilurzo and his wife Natalie the rights to the brand.
Yes, that’s one flight.
If you like watching sports and drinking awesome brews, this place is for you.
My mother used to live around this area when I was a kid and I loved driving by these buildings from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” when I stayed with her. When the then Potter School (named for county sheriff Samuel Potter, the man who donated the land it sits on) was completed in 1873, life was very different in Bodega. Then the town boasted five sawmills and eight hotels, all serving a thriving lumber industry and booming populace of mainly Irish immigrants. On the day it opened, the school enrollment totaled 130 (today, the town population weighs in at just 220). The second story served as the community center for the busy town.
By 1961 the population and industry had diminished, and the building had deteriorated, making its upkeep too costly for the town to bankroll. The school was abandoned, but the doors remained unlocked, and for years residents helped themselves to the leftover books and desks. In 1962 Alfred Hitchcock came calling, and made the location famous. A few years after the film crews vacated the premises, the Taylor family bought the then falling-down building and made it a private residence.
The old school sits behind Saint Teresa of Avila Church five miles south of Bodega Bay in Bodega, CA. The Catholic Church, briefly visible in the film, was made famous when it was photographed by Ansel Adams. The church was built by shipbuilders in 1859 on land donated by Jasper O’Farrell and named after St. Teresa of Avila by local Spanish and Portuguese immigrants.
Archbishop Alemany dedicated the church on June 2, 1861. A California Historical Landmark, the church is still in use today and is the oldest church in continuous use in Sonoma County.
Mendocino, CA is very cool and very hippie.
Topper in Mendocino, CA.
Camping in Van Damme State Park along the Mendocino Coast. The camp sites are fairly large, private and surrounded by redwoods.
Slug Life in Van Damme State Park.
Beach access across Hwy 1 in Van Damme State Park.
After the first few nights of camping, it felt good to stay in a motel on the fourth night. The Outside Inn near Highway 49, is a casual, family-owned motel in downtown Nevada City.
The funky themed rooms and cabins are individually decorated and come with private bathrooms and hardwood floors. This the Winter Room. The rates are cheap and they have a pool that sure felt good after being on the road for so long.
Defined by many as the finest preserved of the Gold Rush Towns, Nevada City, CA is rich in history. In 1849 a prospector found gold in Deer Creek, and soon the miners were pulling as much as a pound of pay dirt a day from the creek. The town was first called Deer Creek Dry Diggins, but was changed in 1850 to “Nevada.” It became Nevada City soon after to avoid confusion with the state of Nevada. Nevada City is set among the tall pines, Victorian houses, and the many historical buildings. The historic district includes 93 buildings that are listed with the National Register of Historic Places, and there are 18 landmarks that are also registered. There are many quaint shops, an abundance of artistic pursuits, and so many superb restaurants, that Nevada City has been given the nickname of “Carmel of the Sierra Foothills.”