Jill Aiko Yee’s Guide to Sonoma County, California

The fashion designer loves shopping for antiques in Duncan Mills and kayaking in the Pacific

JillAikoYee“My husband and I got married at the Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center in Occidental, and a year ago we went back to the Russian River area for a weeklong vacation. We stopped at several cities along the river, including Jenner, where we dropped in and kayaked to the Pacific Ocean; Duncan 
Mills, where we shopped at the Duncan Mills General Store, Mr. Trombly’s Tea, and three antiques stores; Guerneville, where we went to Armstrong RedwoodsI could go on and on. My favorite part was the sweet, affordable bungalow we booked at Cottages on River Road. It’s in Guerneville, at the foot of the redwoods. Every morning they had a beautiful breakfast spread, and every evening there was an outdoor fire where we ate s’mores with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and got to meet other guests. We even had a masseuse come to the hotel and give us a massage.”

theessentials_masa_tPADDLE TO SHORE: Watertreks Ecotours in Jenner offers kayak rentals and daily guided tours (reserve in advance).

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This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package