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...
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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.

WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG? 

 

WHERE TO GO?

  • More than 50 regional and state parks beckon travellers to hike through redwood forests, paddle along the coast, or just sit down and enjoy the sounds of nature. Must-sees include Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, Spring Lake Regional Park, Annadel State Park, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (with the Robert Ferguson Observatory’s PlanetWalk) and Jack London State Historic Park.

DON’T MISS!

  • One of the best ways of experiencing Sonoma’s wines and foods is to attend at least one of the many festivals taking place every year. Some of the most renowned are California Artisan Cheese Festival, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Wine & Food Affair and Barrel Tasting. 
  • One thing that definitely must be seen is the acclaimed Green Music Center opened in 2012. This world-class performing arts centre joins a palette of 30-plus performing arts centres, and more than a hundred galleries and museums. With 27,000-plus artists and hundreds of music and art events each month – ARTrails, Artwalk, art show openings – is it any wonder that Sonoma County is said to have more artists per capita than anywhere else in California?
  • If you have a passion for sports and especially bikes, another must is experiencing the cyclist’s paradise of Sonoma Valley. There are more than 2.200 kilometres/1,400 miles of secondary roads and off-road bike trails. Go all out, attacking tough climbs or cycle from winery to winery on a tasting tour. Sonoma County offers you the best cycling experience in Wine Country.
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