Specializing in Education and Inspiration, the 12-Acre Real Goods Solar Living Center offers the best place on Hwy 101 to break up your road trip. The Center, just south of Hopland, features a free picnic area, three different ponds, a children’s play area that’s fun and educational, tours, and shopping. The jewel of the 12-acre site is the strawbale retail store which features the best selection of green books in the universe, plus organic clothing and housewares, green alternatives for a clean and healthy home, great toys and gifts for children, solar consultants for your on- or off-grid solar projects, and much, much more. Real Goods is open 7 days a week year-round, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always there to help, or just to say hello while you browse. Call ahead to arrange a tour, or just drop-in.