It’s not known for being a tourist favourite, but Sonoma Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in California, overshadowed much of the time by the better known Napa Valley. Situated just an hour from the bustling cosmopolitan hub of San Francisco, Sonoma Valley is worlds apart from the excitement of California’s bigger cities. But the appeal of this lush area is growing and fast, in part because of the rugged pastoral lands but also for the tranquil ambience.
The vineyards here are spectacular – not surprising given that this area is known for being the birthplace of the Californian wine industry. For lovers of great food and wine, there are few places that match the home-grown charm of the Sonoma Coast. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to tasting opportunities, but rest assured that the wines are delicious wherever you go. Take time out during your stay to wander around the many farmer’s markets and sample the organic produce – it’s at the heart of so many of the restaurants here and the result is rustic and heart dishes that are truly mouth-watering.
Rich in history and culture, Sonoma Valley plays host to some great parklands, museums and galleries. One of the most popular is the Sonoma Plaza – eight acres of rolling greenery and preserved buildings, and a national historic landmark. Why not take a tour while you’re here and learn more about the history of the Sonoma Valley? Theatre and the arts are popular here too, with plenty of galleries and shows to enjoy during your stay.
Top reasons to visit Sonoma Valley
Wine lovers and enthusiasts will be overwhelmed by the vineyard-studded scenery and the brilliant produce that’s created here – Sonoma has some 250 wineries to explore.
Farmer’s markets are dotted throughout the valley and are a great way to sample the local artisan fare and meet the locals.
Naturally, the breath-taking verdant landscape is perfect for outdoor activities, but we recommend taking a balloon excursion over the top for a unique and unforgettable view.
Head to the museums and galleries in Sonoma Valley for a chance to experience the heritage and history of this area.