Bodega Bay Chowder Day Jan. 28, 2017

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Few attractions draw more visitors to the scenic coastline of Sonoma County and Bodega Bay than a hankering for Clam Chowder.  Family members cannot stop raving about their visit to Chowder Day 2015 where they tried umpteen kinds of chowder from the many eateries throughout the area. Continue reading

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Peanuts Movie Sparks Travel Interest to Sonoma County

Rent from Sixt when visiting The Charles M. Schulz Airport #PeanutsMovie
Peanuts Movie Sparks Interest in Santa Rosa and Charles M. Schulz Airport #PeanutsMovie

The people at Sixt rent a car of Santa Rosa say The Peanuts Movie is bringing more attention to Sonoma County.  The creator of Peanuts lived in Sonoma County for 57 years, and was so beloved by the community that after his death they named the Sonoma County Airport (STS) after him. Continue reading

Sixt rent a car of Santa Rosa Promotes 3 Agents

Sixt auto rentals of Santa Rosa, Fulton and the Sonoma County Airport
(Left to Right) Jason Hornik, Eric Knibb and Devon Gomez have been promoted at Sixt rental cars of Santa Rosa
SANTA ROSA, California — Sixt rent a car of Santa Rosa has promoted three of its rental agents.

Jason Hornik and Eric Knibb have been appointed team leaders for the franchise, which includes two locations, one at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) and the other in nearby Fulton, California on the corner of Fulton and River Road. Continue reading

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.)

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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

Rent a Smart Car in Santa Rosa

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Rent a Smart Car at Sixt of Santa Rosa

We’re excited to announce our new arrival… our new baby, the world famous Smart Car from Mercedes Benz.  You can park two of these in a normal parking spot and it gets unbelievable gas mileage.  Now you can feel smart and be smart by making the smart choice: Smart Car at Sixt of Santa Rosa!

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

Sonoma County Tourism Surges to $1.65 Billion in Revenue

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It’s another record year in Sonoma County for the tourism industry.  If it’s not wine, then it’s beer.  If it’s not a wedding, then it’s a corporate retreat.  Maybe you like antiques, or eco-tourism, golfing, hiking, mountain climbing, or good food?  Sonoma County has all this and more, making it one of the world’s premier travel destinations.

According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, tourism revenues grew 2.4 percent in 2014 to $1.65 billion, an increase of nearly $40 million over the previous year. It’s the fifth year in a row in terms of growth, according to data provided by Visit California.

The Press Democrat Article talks about many of the attractions for Sonoma County, which is not necessarily the wine-tasting, but the broad range of experiences offered by the region, including the coast, redwoods, landscape, agriculture and other factors.  Next time you book your visit to Sonoma County, fly into the Sonoma County Airport (STS) and reserve a rental car from Sixt of Sonoma County.