Welcome to Kenwood
Kenwood sits in Sonoma County and has a population of around 1,000 residents, and it lies between Sonoma and Santa Rosa. Like most of the surrounding areas, Kenwood is considered wine country, and residents are proud of it. With plenty of wineries, a European resort and great restaurants, Kenwood is a great place to live and play.
Lay of the land
Kenwood is situated near two state parks and a regional park. To the west is Annadel State Park, and to the north is Hood Mountain Regional Park. A bit to the northeast is Sugarloaf Ridge Park. With its proximity to Santa Rosa and Sonoma, this is a great place to explore wineries and the resorts, restaurants and other amenities the areas have to offer. Not only that, Highway 101 can take residents to just about anywhere they would ever want to go. A bit far from the beach, Kenwood is still close enough to the ocean that it’s easy to make a day trip or overnight trip out of it.
Of course, one doesn’t have to drive far just to have fun. At Kenwood Plaza Park, which is located only two blocks south of Highway 12, one can enjoy the outdoors without having to take a long drive. Simply put, whether looking for amazing restaurants, hiking opportunities or a place to relax, the lay of the land in Kenwood and surrounding areas offers it all.
By taking two buses, it’s easy to get into downtown Santa Rosa, where one can then head down to the Bay Area cities of Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. It takes about an hour to get to Santa Rosa by bus, and it takes about 20-minutes in a car. Highway 12 is smooth, easy to drive on and is rarely heavily trafficked. Going on Highway 12 the other way, one can reach Napa and other towns in Napa County. If you have a car and don’t mind some safe and relaxing country driving, you can see a lot of neat towns and cities in the area.
Kenwood is an outdoor lover’s paradise as it’s easy to find hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding, as well as fishing and hunting. People who want to get away from it all only have to drive about 15-20 minutes to get to Annadel State Park, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Hood Mountain Regional Park. In these three parks, visitors can enjoy nearly-empty hiking trails, as well as plenty of benches and tables to relax at and have lunch. Whether into extreme and demanding sports or looking to relax, the lands near Kenwood offer it all.
By being centrally located in Sonoma County, one can easily enjoy just about anything they desire. Napa, Sonoma, Petaluma and Santa Rosa are all a quick drive away. In these towns and cities, visitors can enjoy amazing restaurants, great wine and all the amenities they would want. Whether looking for a more posh experience or not, Kenwood and the towns and cities within a short drive offer it all. Of course, the beach is not far away, and by hopping on Highway 12, one can get to Bodega Bay and Sonoma Coast State Park, and fortunately, it’s a lovely drive.
Don’t be fooled though, Kenwood is not a bad town to live in, and it’s not necessary to trek everywhere else just to have a good time. With great weather year-round, a vibrant and interesting downtown and friendly residents, Kenwood is nice place to put your feet up. There are plenty of houses to check out, and many landowners have ranches so they can have horses and livestock.