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Sip and see on a rainy day

Sunshine on a cloudy day – Photo by Courtney Paige

Need a pre-summer fix?

Some days are simply ‘chai days’. It’s been a long wet winter so the classic Wine Country dry heat won’t come fast enough this year. On rainy days like today when you just can’t seem to warm up, it’s easy to think about hot-spicy things.

When winter lingerings on like this, the Flying Goat Coffee is the place to lounge sipping a hot chai latte while watching the trains cruise by. The Goat, as it’s referred to by the locals, sits nestled in one of the oldest buildings in Sonoma County.  The stacked stone monolith, built in the late 1800s, stands majestically as commander-in-chief of Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square.

Flying Goat Coffee ~ Commander-in-Chief of Railroad Square Photo by Courtney Paige

The Goat lives just across the street from the old Santa Rosa Train Depot. There are also two locations in Healdsburg near the square. It anchors the railroad track as if it’s the end of the line. Reality is, the Goat is where everything begins. 

Back Patio at the Goat – Photo by Courtney Paige

While commuters bustle through at the crack of dawn, tourist shuffle through all day, offering plenty of people watching. It’s the perfect place to start the day – with a chai latte and a gluten-free banana bread pastry perhaps. The Goat just may be the only place in town that crafts artisan gluten-free pastries. Their chai latte, consistently delicious, is made with all natural ingredients, and of course, the froth artwork is icing on the cake.

The Goat in Railroad Square is the town pinnacle where the east side meets the west side. A ray of sunshine in an unexpected space. The stark interior, restored to a 1920’s black and white art deco decor, pops with bright yellow accents and a 50 feet high ceiling that hugs its guests with a bright picture window enclave.

Flying Goat Foyer – Photo by Courtney Paige

On sunny days a brick patio, shaded by 150-year-old magnolia trees, is sprinkled with bistro tables patrons and pets.

Photo by Courtney Paige

For now, we’ll take the spicy chai, skip the rain, pine for the sunshine and head to Flying Goat Coffee in Railroad Square.

Sunshine served all day long – Photo by Courtney Paige

12 thoughts on “Sip and see on a rainy day”

    1. Hi Renato, thank you, I’m happy to know you discovered something new from my blog. One of the coolest perk’s (no pun intended) of the Goat is it’s a stone’s throw from the train station. Soon, we’ll be able to grab a great cup of coffee and head out on the train. Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks for sharing Courtney. I am pretty new to Santa Rosa and I am drinking a homemade Latte off of a pretty consumer oriented espresso maker at home at the moment. I could likely benefit from a more professionally made coffee drink at the moment especially since my barista girlfriend is still down in San Mateo. I met her in a coffee place she works at which I frequented when I was studying for the CFP® exam. 🙂 CS5711

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    1. Hi FINANCIALFITNESS477, that’s a cute story, thanks for sharing. You’ll have to take her to the Goat when she makes her way up here. Maybe she’ll be here just in time for the train. Y’all can take a romantic ride to Petaluma and stroll downtown there.

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  2. Wow Courtney! Your photography and prose are downright poetic. You are so talented. I absolutely loved your rainy day post. I’m going to bring my husband to The Goat. BTW, just returned from DC and a late winter storm decimated the cherry blossoms. I did, however, find a beautiful tree near the Supreme Court to photograph for you. See you at class – Neila. CS5711.

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement Neila! I can’t wait to hear about your trip back east. Sad to hear about the cherry blossoms, but I bet it was a fantastic trip overall. ~ Courtney

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