By: Kristie Sheppard
When the summer heats up, locals and visitors alike look for ways to cool down. From a dip in the lake to a visit to a winery pool to ice cream, we have the top four spots in Sonoma County to cool off when the heat rises.
The gorgeous pools are the perfect wine country retreat for kids of all ages. More than 3,600 square feet of pools are surrounded by lounge chairs. You can purchase individual day passes (special pricing for wine club members) or reserve a Cabine package. A bit pricier than the day pass but definitely worth it! The Cabine package accommodates four people and includes a private shower, four towels, Sofia mini single for each adult and smoothie for each child, Coppola playing cards and a copy of Zoetrope: All-Story magazine. With your Cabine reservation you also get to preselect four lounge chairs by the pool.
Sweet Scoops opened in July, 2015 and is the perfect addition to the Sonoma Plaza. Homemade, creamy and delicious ice cream awaits you at Sweet Scoops. Whether in a cone, cup, shake or quart to go, you are sure to enjoy this break from the heat. They offer traditional flavors made from local ingredients and feature several specialty flavors such as blueberry, Gran Marnier, fretzel, lavender fig, malted milkball, sweet horchata and Pangloss Cherry Chip. Flavors change daily so you have to swing by and grab a taste. They also have ice cream dog biscuit sandwiches for your four-legged friends.
Don’t be fooled by the name; the warm springs will cool you off. Just north of Sonoma proper is “The Springs” a neighborhood built around the natural, geothermal springs in the area, a popular resort area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Operated by the Morton Family from the 1950s through the 1980s, Morton’s Warm Springs then passed through several owners before its rebirth in 2016. Morton’s Warm Springs has two natural mineral pools, a wading pool, picnic and BBQ areas, baseball field, volleyball courts and open space for games and other sports. Day passes and memberships are available. You can also reserve the space for special events.
Recently opened, Brewsters is an open-air dining establishment in historic Petaluma along the Petaluma River. You can have a refreshing, cold beer from one of their more than 30 beers on tap including Ballast Point Pale Ale, Scrimshaw Pilsner and Beer Republic’s session IPA. If beer isn’t your drink of choice, try a refreshing cocktail such as the Lawn Dart – gin, tonic and cucumber cordial. Brewsters has a bocce court, children’s playground and stage for live music.