The Sonoma county wine region is a part of the famous California vineyards, 30 miles North of San Francisco and close to the Napa Valley. Sonoma County has a span of 1575 square miles containing about 100,000 acres of lush wine growing land. Having over 200 award winning wineries and about 60 miles of Pacific coastline, the mystical Russian river, museums, shopping avenues, botanical gardens, galleries, camping locations, golf courses, bike and hiking trails and numerous festivals all year around, Sonoma county is the place you should definitely visit.
Sonoma Valley offers authentic California wine tasting experiences, great weather and friendly staff. It is the perfect place for wine lovers, people searching for relaxation, leisure and charming ambience. Sonoma has 5 distinct wine-growing districts: Los Carneros District, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley, with small towns in each. Excellent white and red wines are produced, including the notable Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pino, Syrah, Zinfandel, Shiraz and some distinct home specials. Winery hospitality staff are knowledgeable, friendly and eager to discuss the wines and how they were made. Winery tours take visitors behind the scenes to barrel rooms, crush pads, bottling lines, cellars and caves. You will find vineyards all around the county, just driving around the place is very pleasant and soothing.
Discover fun, exciting things to do in the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country in Northern California and get blown away.
1. Drink in Golden California
Take a tour of the most renowned vineyards and discover how your favorite vintage is made—from how the grapes ripen under the golden California sun, to the centuries-old fermenting process.
i. Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley – Experience the Sonoma wine region in a unique way – on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. Jump aboard this historical replica of a San Francisco cable car and grab a seat on a special wine tasting adventure you will never forget. This open-air trolley will let you experience the picturesque vineyards like no other tour. On this tour, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you to four family-owned wineries for tastings. You will visit Sonoma’s top historic landmarks and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch during one of the scenic stops.
ii. Wine Country Tour by Horse and Carriage – Travel through the vineyards of spectacular Sonoma County in a charming horse-drawn carriage to premium tastings at three award-winning Healdsburg area wineries. In addition to exploring a wine cave and indulging in a barrel tasting, a sumptuous lunch is served in a breathtaking setting. Enjoy an entertaining perspective of local history as well as information regarding vines, grapes and wine-making. Savor the relaxed pace, stunning scenery and world-class wines, while leaving the traffic far behind.
2. Pt Reyes’ Hiking Trails
Point Reyes offers about 140 miles of hiking trails— and a view that displays Nature at its most pristine and magnificent. Escape from the noise and pollution of the city, and imagine how California looked centuries ago.
Get a trail map, which shows both the hiking and the biking trails (however, those who go on foot will be able to explore the wilderness area, for the complete ‘pioneer’ experience). You can also ride horses. The terrain is quite diverse, shifting from pasture lands to chaparral rides and forests and meadowlands.
3. Armstrong Redwoods
Armstrong Redwoods, an 805-meter park filled with ancient tree groves, nature trails, and numerous recreational facilities is a popular picnic spot. Here you’ll find some of the oldest and tallest redwoods in California—over 300 feet high, and dating back to over 1,400 years.
California has a thriving artists’ community, and some of the best works of today’s most promising creative minds are on display at the Arts Council of Sonoma Country Gallery.
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art displays works by regional, national and international modern and contemporary artists.
5. Performing Arts
Performing arts venues include the famous Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, the world-class Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, Main Stage West in Sebastopol and many others. Sonoma has a vibrant nightlife with live music venues, funky dance clubs, cool lounges, and relaxed pubs such as Barley and Hops Tavern.
Overall, Sonoma is the perfect Californian luxury getaway, relaxing and invigorating.