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Stores & Park Picnic Areas
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma County / $6 parking fee
Mt. St. Helena hike at Robert Louis Stevenson Park / No parking fee
Nonna’s Eastside Market
Bartholomew Park, behind Bartholomew Park Winery / No parking fee
The wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties teems with gentle slopes and soaring views. For every hike, there's a terrific shop chock-full of delicacies and wines to make your picnic perfect. Check out these other parks and picnic supply sources:
Skyline Wilderness Park, has dozens of miles of trails and suitable hiking for all levels / $5 parking fee.
For hearty hikers, the Oat Hill MineTrail to the Palisades Trail climbs 2000 feet towards terrific views. The trail head is on the northeast corner of the junction of Highway 29 and Silverado Trail in Calistoga. Park there or across the street (don't block anyone's home, though) / No parking fee. (707) 942-4575
Purchase scrumptious picnic packings at Palisades Market in Calistoga.
Jack London State Park is home to many trails and a lovely lake built by the author himself. Easily hikeable and complete with picnic tables / $6 parking fee.
Visit the Glen Ellen Village Market to stock up on cheese, meats, fruits, crackers, wine and everything else you'll need for your picnic, except the backpack.
Good picnics gone bad
There are a number of good reasons to shirk the amenities of modern conveniences, but none better than partaking of the bounty of the earth while surrounded by the beauty of the out-of-doors. Once however, we leave behind the safety of shelter, refrigeration, and running water a modicum of good sense is necessary. In other words, if you plan on taking your victuals on the road, it is best to practice the boy scout motto: be prepared.
• Two hours
• Safe Foods
• Be Clean
Beat it, bugs:
• Picnic Beetles
• Yellow Jackets
Watch your footing, and your fluid balance:
• Drink Lots
Dehydration is easier to prevent than treat.
• Heat Illnesses
From ordinary to extraordinary: