Celebrate the Unofficial Start of Summer

By: Katie Bouloubassis

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, has become a day to enjoy the outdoors. From cookouts to boating, you can enjoy the natural beauty of wine country throughout the long weekend.

If you’re looking to host a cookout, be sure to stop by some of our favorites for barbecue essentials. Thistle Meats, located in Petaluma, is a whole animal butcher shop. Thistle Meats offers house made charcuterie and terrines. They also offer a wide range of poultry eggs and local cheeses. If you want to host a cookout without the work, you can grab prepared meals here. Oliver’s Market has stores in Cotati and Windsor and two in Santa Rosa. It’s a great place to grab appetizers, meats and adult beverages. For vegetarian options, stop by Green String Farm. Beyond sustainable, Green String offers only seasonal produce from their on-site farm. And the produce is super affordable! Don’t forget to stop by your local winery and pick up a few bottles to pair with your picnic favorites.

For an enjoyable and active day, check out some of these great activities to do out on the water. Petaluma Stand Up Paddle (PSUP) allows you to freely explore the waterways of Petaluma. You can rent a paddleboard to go on a self-guided excursion or you can participate on a tour with a PSUP guide. If paddle boarding doesn’t seem to be your thing, you can find boat rentals for the day from Lake Sonoma Marina’s Resort Area. Have a great day on the water fishing, tubing or wakeboarding ending with the perfect lunch on board. Just grab your inner tube, sunscreen and set sail! If relaxation is your main idea for the weekend, Johnson’s Beach on the Russian River is the spot. There are activities for the kiddos to do such as, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boating all while you are soaking up some rays!

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!


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