Sonoma County, located 45 minutes North of San Francisco, provides a genuine and adventurous wine country experience, featuring hundreds of wineries, 100-plus organic farms, acclaimed restaurants, a thriving arts community, and 50-plus miles of stunning Pacific coast. Sonoma County beckons the adventurous, the curious, and the lovers of the laid-back Northern California lifestyle.
And if that’s not enough to entice you, add in more than 40 regional and state parks, the top beaches on the Northern California coast, farm-to-table restaurants, rivers to kayak or float down, redwood forests to explore, shops and galleries, hiking and biking trails that meander over oak-covered hills and many more.
Sonoma Valley holds some of the most impressive and unique wineries with hidden caves, amazing views of vineyards, historic legends, delicious food and perfect wine pairings. There are no less than 400 such wineries, most open for tours and tastings without appointment. Sonoma County wineries are famous for their excellent wines and relaxed, welcoming ambiance. Moreover, many tasting rooms are free or apply nominal tasting costs to the purchase of wine.
Sonoma Valley has a variety of landscapes from coasts, rivers to beautiful valleys. Here you can visit famous sea villages hugging the wild Pacific Coast with remarkable views, whale watching, fresh seafood and seaside wine tasting. The rivers, such as Cazadero, Duncans Mills, Guerneville, Monte Rio or Russian River Valley, are slowly meandering through the majestic redwoods offering a wide range of outdoor activities, local colour and beautiful setting for unique festivals. Sonoma County’s vineyard-lined valleys provide a wide expanse of wineries, spas, restaurants, museums, galleries – all with easy access to the area’s towns and villages.
Shopping in Sonoma Wine Country runs from high-end outlets to small boutiques, winery gift shops, and country stores. In each town and village you can experience unique shopping along the plazas and streets. Among the fine boutiques in Sonoma and Healdsburg there are also big famous places like Petaluma Premium Outlets, Santa Rosa Plaza Shopping Mall or the eclectic stores in Guerneville and Windsor. All you have to do is come and find that unique one-of-a-kind gift or fabulous wine country souvenir.
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