Oh the places you’ll go, outside of Rohnert Park

Sonoma County Transit offers free bus rides for Sonoma State University students throughout the rest of the year. Places like Scandia, Graton and Cal Skate are all college orientated locations for fun and entertainment which can be reached by bus. However options for students aren’t limited to Rohnert Park, in fact there are destinations in other cities that are only a short bus ride away. Adventuringnorth can bringmany unique and exciting opportunities. Students that feel caught in the same routine can find new entertainment in other areas of the North Bay.

When in Windsor:

Russian River Paddle Boards - With warm weather approaching, many may choose to soak up the sun paddle boarding on the Russian River. There are tours offered for both beginner and intermediate paddlers. There is a small price difference between the two tours. A beginner paddler pays $75, while an intermediate paddler will pay $85, but once the expenses are covered, all tours include a life jacket, paddle and leash. To reach this destination exit the bus at the Mitchell Lane and Eighth Hole Drive bus stop.  

Patterson’s Pub - Patterson’s Pub is a place where Windsor locals go for great music and food, but most importantly, company. The fish and chips draw many people to the pub, but the wild and friendly vibes are what keep those people coming back. The food and full bar varies in price from $2 sodas to $4.50 pints, to $6 appetizers and $11.95 sandwiches, which provides affordable options for college kids on a budget. Get off at the Windsor River Road bus stop andjoin the fun.

When in Healdsburg:

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery - A visit to Ferrari Carano Vineyards gives people a taste of the finer things in life. With the two-for-one tasting pass, one does not have to break the bank to let loose. With daily tastings and only having to pay $50, many may enjoy overlooking the expansive vineyards. A quick stop at the Geyserville Avenue and Walden Street bus station and wine enthusiasts are on their way to making unforgettable memories.

Historic Plaza - A short 20 minute bus ride that stops at Healdsburg Avenue and Tenth Street drops you right in the plaza near the center of Healdsburg. This area is full of different shops like Zizi or Healdsburg Vintage, and restaurants like Scopa or Bear Republic Brewing Company. There is plenty of options to satisfy everyone’s cravings. Options ensure that shoppers can choose to spend as much, or as little, as they please.

When in Sebastopol:

HopMonk Tavern - Live music, fresh beer, and delicious food all in one stop screams HopMonk. A lively patio helps guide one’s visit with ease. With beer on tap from $5 HopMonk Kellerbier, to $8 a local brew called North Coast Old #38, the bill stays quite affordable, unless patrons let the bar tab rack-up. Famous for their $16 taco four pack and their mac and cheese, it’s food you can splurge on without feeling guilty since both plates are large enough for leftovers. Petaluma Avenue and Abbott takes you to the doors of HopMonk.

Screamin’ Mimi’s - This fun-filled ice cream shop was voted number four in USA Today’s “Best Ice Cream in the United States” article. Mimi’s has a very enthusiastic staff that provide a very welcoming presence. From the bestselling flavor Mimi’s Mud, to dark chocolate peppermint fudge, galaxy and coconut caramel, to chocolate sorcery, there’s a flavor that will please just about anyone. Hop on the bus and get off at the Morris Street and Highway 12 stop to be steps away from a $4 scoop.