Edgewood County Park is just one square mile, but this little open-space gem in Redwood City sure knows how to make the most of its natural “talent.” Every spring, it blooms with dozens of types of wildflowers, with names that could be mistaken for musical groups: Woodland Stars, Blue-Eyed Grass, Indian Warrior, Sticky Monkey, and, uhhhh, Blue Dicks. Wildflower-junkies should join the Friends of Edgewood on their Saturday or Sunday docent-led wildflower walks through the park. The outing covers about 3 miles in 3 hours, with frequent stops to point out features that go unnoticed by most walkers, such as the California Sagebrush, which was also called Cowboy Cologne for its fresh scent (it was used by rugged adventurers in the Wild West before they went out for a night on the town). Do-it-yourself types should loop together the Sylvan, Ridgeview, and Edgewood Trails for a good 3- to 4-mile walk. Small and steady leads the way.
WINE: There’s only one tasting room in Redwood City and it doesn’t open its doors very often. Though it’s located on the opposite (east) side of town, the recently remodeled La Honda Winery provides the perfect wildflower chaser. La Honda’s humble exterior is a stark contrast to its warm and spacious interior. Get there Saturday, April 18 when they’ll be pouring for the public as part of the Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day.
For directions and a map of Edgewood County Park, visit their website. The Friends of Edgewood wildflower walks start at 10:00 a.m. and end around 1:00 p.m. They’re running through June 7. No dogs. La Honda Winery, 2645 Fair Oaks Rd., Redwood City; 650-366-4104. On April 18, they will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They are also open the third Saturday of every month; May 16, June 20, and so on. Directions from Edgewood County Park to La Honda Winery.