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Bringing a Community Hospital Back to Life: The Story of Sonoma West Medical Center

Plumfund | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact

Today, I saw a friend in the hallway by the Emergency Department and I asked if she was OK. She replied, "My husband is critically ill, and we are so thankful to you and all that you've done to reopen the medical center."

Could the Future of Farming Come from Thinking Inside the Box?

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Cari E. Guittard

Farm from a Box, which has been 3 years in the making, came from their personal passion to find a different and sustainable way to reinvent food aid particularly in areas where natural resources, infrastructure and technology are scarce.

Planning a Wine Country Road Trip

Joy Pecknold | Posted 09.02.2015 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

All roads lead to wine. Isn't that how the saying goes? No? Well, it should. With the summer maelstrom winding down and autumn approaching, now is a c...

Statewide Beach Shower Shutdown Impacts Millions While Wasting Water

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Greenberg

Without a public hearing, and without any research that this measure would actually save water, the Parks agency has deceptively used the drought as an excuse to shut down an essential public water service that was used by 15 million park visitors last year (that's more than one-sixth of all park visits).

Father's Day Special: Great Vacations for Every Type Of Dad | Posted 06.11.2015 | Travel

So you've got the world's #1 dad and this year you want to give him something a little more special than a portable power generator from Sharper Image, eh? Not to worry; we've got you covered.

Sonoma County Library Hours Remain Cut By 25% While Prison Spending Skyrockets

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 05.29.2015 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

It has been a phenomenal year for Sonoma County's surging economy. Joblessness is below 5%, home values are soaring, and the County's treasury has been fattened by a record surplus of $13.5 million.

Busting Sonoma County's Secret War on Weed

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 06.30.2015 | San Francisco
Jonathan Greenberg

On April 3, 2015, Sonoma County's secret war on marijuana confronted an unprecedented roadblock. A freedom flash mob had gathered, overfilling a courtroom and packing the hallway outside. Nearly 100 upstanding citizens had taken off work that morning for Yarrow Kubrin.

Love Wine? Sonoma's Grape Camp Is Your Dream Vacation

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.30.2015 | Travel

At tasting rooms around the county, visitors can listen in on discussions of the harvest. But to truly drink it all in, there's no beating the hands-on, right-in-the-middle-of-it-all immersion of Sonoma County Grape Camp.

The Best California Weekend Road Trips

Findery | Posted 04.05.2015 | Travel

There is something really harsh about the beginning of a new year. We all need something to look forward to. Are you ready to get out of town? While you may not be able to take time off from work, there's always the weekend. Hop in the car, put on your favorite music playlist and drive.

The California Gem You Need To Visit

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Travel

Let's be honest: When we travel, we're usually in it for the food... and drink. And there's nowhere we'd rather celebrate both (plus some stellar natu...

8 Amazing Hidden Travel Gems in California | Posted 11.16.2014 | Travel

The next time you're rolling down the West Coast and feeling car-bound jitters, take a breather and discover some of California's top hidden travel gems as picked by us here at Hopper.

Sonoma's Wackiest Wineries

Kristan Lawson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Travel
Kristan Lawson

The next time you make a pilgrimage to the Wine Country, swing by some of Sonoma's wackiest tasting rooms, where you don't have to be a master sommelier to have a good time.

Mom Accused Of Assaulting Daughter's Bully Won't Be Charged

Associated Press | Posted 08.28.2014 | Crime

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors said Thursday they will not file charges against a Northern California mother accused of grabbing the throat o...

Best Hotels Near Wineries

Hipmunk | Posted 10.04.2014 | Travel

After a long day of wine tasting, you'll want a relaxing place to call home for the night. Stay close to the winery action without skimping on style, comfort or amenities at one of these prime spots for a wine-filled getaway.

A Progressive Food and Wine Pairing Journey at Jordan

Mary Orlin | Posted 09.24.2014 | Taste
Mary Orlin

Jordan Winery and Vineyards, located in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley just north of Healdsburg, is a vast 1,200 acre property, boasting not just 1...

10 Things to Do in the Wine Country If You Love Animals More Than You Love Wine

Anneli Rufus | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Anneli Rufus

What if you're lucky enough to be visiting California's Wine Country, but you don't like wine?

Your Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride

Jim Werner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Jim Werner

Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. Memorial Day is Monday, and gay Pride season isn't far behind. June brings long days and LGBT events across the land.

On the Culture Front: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.21.2014 | San Francisco
Chris Kompanek

Tucked away beyond winding country roads in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Arista Winery (once a hop farm) is a hidden family-operated gem.

Matt Taylor, Reuling Vineyard, and His Wines That Carry Weight Without Heaviness

Brad Haskel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Taste
Brad Haskel

Matt speaks of his background, philosophy, and his practices to make wine.

Man Allegedly Killed Dog, Threatened To 'Eat' Roommate On Christmas Eve

David Lohr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

A California man, in the midst of a domestic dispute on Christmas Eve, allegedly threatened to 'eat' his roommate and then killed her small dog. Al...

Born at the Right Time: Why Starting a Family in Troubled Times Isn't Such a Bad Idea

Anne Hill | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Anne Hill

If your habitual response to the unknown is fear, you will probably not have a lot of fun raising children. On the bright side, the regimen of parenting is an excellent way to overcome it.

Getting Tipsy and Filling Up in Sonoma, California (VIDEO)

Kelley Ferro | Posted 02.02.2014 | Travel
Kelley Ferro

Sonoma. Just the word alone makes you think of smooth wines, rolling hills and California sun-drenched air. All these things are indeed true, but what I didn't realize is that there's even more to see and especially to EAT in this idyllic countryside.

Paris vs. Napa and Sonoma: Honeymoon Showdown

Peek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Weddings

With the arrival of wedding season comes honeymoon season, the time where we all drool over photos of our friends relaxing on an island in Bora Bora or floating down a canal in Venice, Italy.

The Top 10 U.S. Wine Destinations

Posted 10.16.2012 | Taste

Find out which U.S. wine destinations made TripAdvisor's list.

Grape To Glass In Sonoma

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen | Posted 12.03.2012 | Travel
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

Wine travel is always a voyage of discovery; as much as we like to plan our trips, we sometimes like to ditch the agenda and find out the secrets that a region has to offer. A recent trip to California's Sonoma County gave us everything we have come to expect from wine country: Beautiful vistas of rolling hills covered with grapevines, hand-crafted meals cooked with precision, and glass upon glass of exquisitely made wines.