In summer, simple fun is the best

  • The Phaties, a group of friends from the Central Valley, waft in the cool waters of the Russian River at the Monte Rio beach as they wait for the annual fireworks to begin. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Tourists from all over the map are familiar with Sonoma County's many attractions — the climate, the scenery, the culture — but the locals also know the advantages of living here.

And sometimes they savor the simple pleasures the most.

When we asked readers to tell us about their favorite things to do in the summertime in Sonoma County, we got some very short but emphatic answers:

"Head for the beaches!"

"Chillin' on the Russian River!"

"Barbecue with friends! Cold beers and music!"

"Crabbing and shore fishing!"

"Entertaining on my terrace!"

"Bicycle and hike!"


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