Rent a 2016 Smart Car electric drive at Sixt rent a car of STS

Remember recently we added a Smart Car to our fleet? Well, we’ve doubled down and this time, it’s ELECTRIC!

Sixt rent a car of Santa Rosa, California is proud to offer the 2016 Smart Car Electric Drive with service now inside the terminal at The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS). This electrified Smart Car helps avoid gas station lines simply by plugging into any normal household electrical outlet at a cost of only about $1.20 a day. (Grounded and professionally installed 120 volt electrical outlets are strongly recommended.)

a small red 2016 smart car electric drive parked in front of a chateau style building part of Kendall Jacksin vineyards
2016 Smart Car electric drive parked in front of Kendall Jackson Vineyards
“We wanted everyone to drive around in the wine country in an EV,” said Sixt rent a car franchise owner Steve Schneider demonstrating the charger on video. “There’s EV charging stations everywhere.” Continue reading

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Sixt rent a car franchisee opens new in-terminal branch at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Sixt rent a car logo in press release about Franchise opening at The Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, CaliforniaFT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sixt SE and its U.S. Franchise Unit (Sixt Franchise USA, LLC) announce the opening of a new branch to service the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. This is the second Sixt branch in Sonoma County, preceded by a branch that opened last year which services the Santa Rosa local area.

“The new, in-terminal Sixt branch will provide great convenience for customers flying in,” said Craig Olson, Executive Vice President of North America Franchise Development for Sixt. “We look forward to providing great service and vehicles to incoming travelers, all at a reasonable price.”

auto rentals for Sixt in Santa Rosa, California
Sixt rent a car inside STS terminal

Sonoma County has many attractions like golf, cycling, beaches, shopping, and is also well-known for its fine cuisine and wine culture,” said Sixt franchise owner Steve Schneider. “We are grateful for the response from the community and have doubled the size of our initial fleet with premium-cars and staff to meet the needs and wishes of our customers.” ===> SEE MORE

Visit Jack London State Park in 2016, the 100th anniversary of his death

winery in The Valley of the Moon - Sonoma County near Glen Ellen Jack London Historic State Park
Jack London’s estate includes a vineyard still in production today.
The Valley of the Moon is a magical place situated in the foothills of Sonoma County filled with history, charming villages, rustic wineries and breathtaking scenery.  It is where famed author Jack London spent the final years of his life, and 2016 will be a hundred years since his death.

Jack London State Historic Park is located in the famed “Valley of the Moon,” also known as Sonoma Valley, where the author of “White Fang,” “Call of the Wild,” and “The Sea Wolf’ called home.  The park is just 35 minutes from The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) and Sixt rent a car of Santa Rosa. Continue reading

Climb Mount Tamalpais for a Bird’s Eye View of Marin County

View from Mt. Tamalpais

If you are driving through San Francisco or across the Golden Gate Bridge, and you see a tall mountain to the north, you are seeing the most southern tall peak of California’s North Coast and the highest point in Marin County. Mount Tamalpais, with its spectacular views, redwood and oak groves, climbs up to an elevation of 2,571 feet.

Marin County is one county south of us at Sixt rental cars of Fulton, California. If you are flying into The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS), Mt. Tam is a 60 mile drive south on Hwy 101 and up the curvy roads to the top, about an hour and 25 minutes one-way. On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada’s snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away. Continue reading

Gravenstein Apple Fair Celebrates Heirloom Farming in Sebastopol, California

Gravenstein Apple Fair - Sebastopol, California

These days everyone gets so obsessed with apples of the computer kind, but in Sebastopol, California they remember what real apple farming was all about, before the glut of grapes in Sonoma County. Take a bite out of a real Grav on August 8th and 9th, 2015 by coming to Sonoma County for the 42nd Gravenstein Apple Fair under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol.

If you’re traveling from outside the area, the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) and Sixt rent a car are conveniently located just 18 minutes from the Apple Fair, so join us for a weekend of old-fashioned fun. Continue reading

Armstrong Redwoods Grow Tall, Old and Strong

Redwoods Trees at Armonstrong Woods in Northern California
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve

Not 30 minutes by car from the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) and Sixt rental cars of Santa Rosa is a preserve of the tallest living things on Earth, Sequoia sempervirens, or Coastal Redwoods.  Drive west about 16 miles along River Road and the Russian River, turn north at Guerneville, California, and tucked into the coastal mountains is a canyon where old growth redwood trees exist much as they have for millennia, a place called Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

According to California Park Services, these remarkable trees live to be 500-1,000 years old, grow to a diameter of 12-16 feet, and stand from 200-250 feet tall. Some trees survive to over 2,000 years and tower above 350 feet. Coast redwoods are classified as temperate rainforests and they need wet and mild climates to survive. The rainfall in Armstrong Redwoods averages 55 inches per year and the trees are often shrouded in a mystical fog that helps to maintain the moist conditions needed for the redwoods to survive. Continue reading

Discover the Sleepy Seaside Village of Dillon Beach, California

DSC_0245 Dillon Beach is an out-of-the way village just south of the Marin County border to Sonoma County, along the Pacific coast just across from Tomales Point and the mouth of Tomales Bay.

Dillong Beach, California and a view of Tomales Point and the mouth of Tomales Bay.
Looking west across Tomales Bay and the village of Dillon Beach, California.

Living in Sonoma County most of my life, I had heard many times about Dillon Beach, but always seemed to bypass it on my way to Point Reyes or driving down the coast. Afterall, Sonoma County has plenty of nice beaches, but this one is truly special.  Luckily one weekend in April the weather was nice and a chance for a trip came up.  It was just a day-trip, but we were rewarded with breathtaking views of Tomales Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the quaint village and vacations homes of Dillon Beach. Continue reading

Camping Guide for Sonoma County

Visit Sonoma County for great camping and plenty of outdoor activities.
Come camping in Sonoma County and rent a car from Sixt!

Sonoma County has a myriad of outdoor activities; just pack your sleeping bag, tent and cook stove next time you visit, fly into the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS), rent a car from Sixt, and within minutes you’ll be delightfully situated in one of the more than 30 campgrounds, thanks to a list provided by our friends at Sonoma Insider.

Whether you like the beach, the redwoods, scenic wine valleys or rugged mountains, Sonoma County and the surrounding area are a camping paradise. Doran Beach at the entrance of Bodega Bay is one of our favorites, but so popular that visitors usually have to make reservations weeks or months in advance.  Or go camping at Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve and climb to the top of one of the area’s most beautiful peaks. Enjoy boating and fishing on Lake Sonoma at Liberty Glen Campground.  There’s even a hook-up for RV’ers at famous wine destinations like the Alexander Valley RV Park & Campground.

Don’t forget that Napa, Mendocino and Marin also offer amazing camping opportunities, but nothing compares to the diversity and year-round popularity of camping in Sonoma County. Thanks to SonomaCounty.com for listing more than 30 campgrounds in the area along with links to reserve your next camping adventure. SEE MORE

Belly Up to Tribal Fest Belly Dancing Festival, May 15

Belly Dancing Festival at Tribal Fest in Sebastopol, California - May 15, 2015
Tribal Fest Belly Dancing Festival, May 15 in Sebastopol, California

Bring your belly and your sense of adventure to the 15th annual Tribal Fest, a belly dancing festival May 15 – 17 in Sebastopol, California. Finally an event where having a belly is de rigueur!

But be warned: nudity is not encouraged but occasionally happens. So Tribal Fest may not be appropriate for children. Tribal Fest is the first ever Tribal Belly Dance Festival in the world and boasts performers from 26 different countries around the world. It’s been called the Mecca of Tribal Belly Dance and since its inception in the year 2000, has always taken place at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. Continue reading