DescriptionLocated at the northern end of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood is known for wineries, good restaurants and outstanding Northern California scenery. Day trippers passing through town should definitely check out Swede's Feeds (9140 Sonoma Hwy.). Opened in 1975 as a feed store operating out of a former gas station, this one-of-a-kind emporium sells—in addition to pet food and garden supplies—pottery, patio furniture and handmade outdoor art. Many of these creations utilize recycled machine parts, wooden barrels and other utilitarian objects. The multistory birdhouses are particularly impressive. Swede's is open Mon. and Wed.-Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 11-4; phone (707) 833-5050.
Sample area wines at the Manzanita Creek Tasting Room, 8910 Sonoma Hwy. (in the Kenwood Village Center). The tree-shaded garden courtyard is also a pleasant spot for a picnic lunch. A tasting flight of five wines is refundable with a purchase; reservations are not required for groups of 10 or fewer guests. It's open Thurs.-Mon. noon-6, Tues.-Wed. 3-6; phone (707) 927-4225.