ABOUT THE RUSSIAN RIVER

The Russian River, a southward-flowing river, drains 1,485 square miles of Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California. It is the second-largest river (after the Sacramento River) flowing through the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a mainstem 110 miles long.

The Russian River springs from the Laughlin Range about 5 miles east of Willits in Mendocino County. It flows generally southward to join the East Fork Russian River just below Lake Mendocino.

From there the Russian River flows south, past Ukiah and Hopland, and crosses into Sonoma County just north of Cloverdale. Closely paralleled by U.S. Route 101, it descends into the Alexander Valley. After it makes a series of sweeping bends, the river turns westward, where it is spanned by the Wohler Bridge, and it is joined by Mark West Creek north of Forestville, followed by Green Valley Creek to the south. The river passes Rio Nido and Guerneville. In that area, State Route 116 parallels the river, bordering it past Guernewood Park and Monte Rio.

Highway 1 crosses over the river before it flows into the Pacific Ocean between Jenner and Goat Rock Beach. The Russian River estuary is recognized for protection by the California Bays and Estuaries Policy. The mouth is about 60 miles north of the San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate bridge.

The lower Russian River is a popular spring, summer, and fall destination for navigation and recreation. It is very safe at that time for swimming and boating, with a gentle current. The river can be dangerous in the winter, with swift current and muddy water.

Complete details on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_River_(California)

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The Raford Inn

the raford inn10630 Wohler Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448

• Go direct to website: rafordinn.com
• Room Rates: $225-275; Number of Rooms: 5 (Online Availability)
• Reservations: 707-887-9573; 800-887-9503
• Email: innkeeper@rafordinn.com
• Owners: Dane Pitcher and Rita Wells

DESCRIPTION
Sonoma Wine Country Healdsburg Lodging ~ Where Dreams Spring Forth From Yesterday: The Raford Inn of Healdsburg, an inspired bed and breakfast, is located in the Russian River Wine Valley, of Sonoma County, just a half mile from the Russian River and fifteen minutes south of the Healdsburg Square.

Gently perched above the valley on four acres, dominated by majestic palms, this country bed and breakfast overlooks vineyards and cropland ringed by redwood-forested mountains. Lovingly preserved, there are five comfortably elegant guest rooms; all feature private baths, king or queen beds, and a full country breakfast served each morning.

CUISINE
Each morning, The Inn serves a hearty breakfast in the original dining room. We feature organic ingredients whenever possible as well as foods from our own gardens. Typically, guests enjoy a fruit dish or homemade granola with yogurt. The main entree changes daily- could be Stuffed French Toast Souffle or Artichoke Frittata with sun-dried tomatoes. Fresh orange juice and pastries always complement the meal. Most guests find themselves skipping lunch after such a substantial breakfast. As the aroma fills The Inn, many guests have a cup of our specialty coffee or tea and enjoy the veranda until breakfast is ready.

ACCOMMODATIONS
Each guestroom features a different heirloom antiques ensemble. Each room also has a full private bath, and a separate, individual climate control system for heat, ventilation, and air conditioning. You will feel and sleep like Royalty in the wonderfully comfortable queen or king sized beds. All rooms include a Bose Wave CD player clock radio, hairdryer, 2 robes, iron and board, and lots more!

SPECIAL FEATURES
• All guestrooms have 300+ thread count sheets and heirloom antiques. You will feel like Royalty on the firm but cozy beds. Each guest bath is complete with fluffy towels, custom monogrammed amenities, and soft robes.

• Take advantage of free wireless internet in every room, and outside on the porches and patios! Enjoy a full multi-course breakfast each morning with award winning pastries and jellies.

• Stroll the lovely Victorian gardens where you can sit and watch the butterflies and hummingbirds, or , if you look carefully you will see hooded orioles, red neck finches, acorn woodpeckers and many other birds that visit and live in the palm trees and lush landscape. Need to rest your feet? You can see for miles out across the unspoiled vineyard valley from the wrap around porch while sitting with your special someone on the swing.

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