Sonoma County, California

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Sonoma County, California

With more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Discover more than 50 nature parks that offer travelers miles of hiking and cycling trails through the redwoods or oak-studded hills. Rivers entice visitors to kayak, canoe, or simply float along the cool waters. Breathtaking Highway 1 — Pacific Coast Highway — delights visitors with crashing waves, sea lions and amazing sunsets.

Sonoma County

Create your own customized wine country experience by picking and choosing from the amazing tastes, sights, events, activities, and amenities found throughout Sonoma County, California. For your tasting pleasure, Sonoma County offers world-class wines from 425-plus wineries; notable craft beers, ciders, and spirits; acclaimed restaurants; fresh produce from more than 100 organic farms; and artisan cheeses, breads, oils, sauces, and other delectable food products. Amazing views abound, from miles of stunning coastline to picture- perfect rows of grapevines. Events and activities include festivals of all types, unique competitions, delightful shopping excursions, spa treatments, artist studio tours, art galleries and museums, kayaking, canoeing, cycling, and other indoor and outdoor pursuits. While enjoying all this, stay in your choice of luxurious hotels, historic inns, romantic B&Bs, or modern campgrounds. Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, Sonoma County beckons to the adventurous, to the curious, and to lovers of the Northern California lifestyle. Find more info here:


More than 30 cities, towns and villages are located in Sonoma County. The biggest city and county seat is Santa Rosa, in the center. Other prominent towns include Sonoma, Bodega Bay, Guerneville, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Windsor, and Healdsburg. More than 55 miles of dramatic Pacific coast create Sonoma County’s western border. Sonoma Coast is rugged, dramatic, and scenic – yet approachable. It’s perfect for relaxing at the beach for the day, taking a hike, camping, or planning a romantic, private picnic. Miles of trails, some wide sandy beaches, and scenic overlooks beckon travelers to get out and explore. Discover quaint sea villages here: Bodega, Bodega Bay, Jenner, Fort Ross, The Sea Ranch, and Timber Cove. The Russian River resort area is a vacation destination surrounded by ancient redwoods in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, just a few miles from the spectacular Sonoma Coast. The Russian River resort destination beckons travelers to explore, play, or just relax. Visitors today find charming towns – Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Monte Rio, Cazadero, and Duncans Mills – filled with local shops and galleries. It’s the array of wine regions that offer pastoral vistas that lure visitors from around the globe to stop and smell the grape vines in Sonoma County's valleys and vineyards: Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale, Occidental, Freestone, Rohnert Park and Cotati. More info about all towns:

Top 5

Looking for the best wineries in California? The top beaches on the Northern California coast? Award-winning California spas and resorts? World-class concert hall? California redwoods? Here’s a brief list of Sonoma County highlights.


Its amazing range of terroir and microclimates distinguishes Sonoma County, one of the most diverse and special winegrowing regions in the world. The Pacific coastline, redwood forests, fertile valleys, and mountains produce an array of exceptional wines. Sonoma County stretches from the Pacific Coast in the west to the Mayacamas Mountains in the east, and is home to almost 60,000 acres of vineyards and more than 425 wineries. Within the borders are 17 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs, or appellations) – each with its own distinctive characteristics. The warmth of Sonoma Valley cradles rich Zinfandels and Cabernet Sauvignons, while the cool, crisp Carneros gives way to juicy Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and sparkling wines. The Russian River has created a vast valley floor in both the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley AVAs. Maritime breezes and fog are dominant influences for grape growing with cool-requiring varieties such as Pinot Noir to the south and west, and warm-requiring varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel to the north and east. Wine tasting is great fun, especially when you adventure out with a winery-savvy local guide and/or chauffeur. You can find winery tours and transportation at,, and many others: Find more info about wineries here:

Unique Spots

Discover some hidden gems in Sonoma County. There are secret gardens, museums, little cafes, boutique wineries, sunset beaches, a Russian Fort, and nature parks with vast wilderness areas.


With more than 425 wineries, there is always an event happening in Sonoma County. Plan your Sonoma trip around a festival or event, that celebrate Sonoma County’s rich agricultural heritage – Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days, Sebastopol’s Gravenstein Apple Fair, the Bodega Bay Fishermen Festival, car shows, history festivals, and others are slated to entice you to experience the best Northern California has to offer. Find all events dates and info here:


Sonoma County's campgrounds offer a full range of opportunities — campgrounds along the California Coast or next to the Russian River, out in the redwoods or adjacent to vineyards. Campgrounds vary from those with cabins (for folks who think “roughing it” is a hotel without room service) to full RV hook-ups, to primitive tent-only parks that bring you close to nature. This range means exploring Sonoma County is affordable for almost any budget. Whether you pitch a tent, lay your head down in a luxury RV, or sleep under the stars, camping remains the best way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and explore Sonoma Wine Country's back roads. Find all campgrounds here:

Do & See

Visiting Sonoma County – known around the world as a top wine, spa, and coastal destination – doesn’t mean you’re required only to taste wine, get massages, or explore more than 50 miles of Pacific Coastline. (Though, doesn’t that sound delicious?). With a zip line through the top of a redwood forest, an African-style safari, and a thrilling road course, Sonoma County boasts every type of activity, ensuring you have something to write home about. Hike through a regional park, or paddle down the Russian River in a canoe. Take a cooking class, visit a farm, learn to blend wine, play golf, dance the night away, or visit an art gallery. With 1,400 miles of lightly traveled secondary roads and a growing system of off-road bike trails, Sonoma County appeals to a dedicated cyclist attacking mountain passes or a weekend rider eager to sip wine and cycle through the vines. Sonoma County is home to more than 50 regional parks and 11 state parks; they run from Gualala to Bodega Bay, and from the Pacific Ocean to Sonoma Valley. Your perfect Sonoma County experience awaits. Start planning your trip today at


Dine in an elegant hotel, a corner café, a picturesque inn, or with spectacular views of vineyards, mountains, the coastline, or the riverfront. Sonoma Wine Country chefs typically use locally produced meat, fish, cheese, fresh produce (often organically grown), olive oil, wine, and beer in creating their delicious dishes. If you crave freshly caught crab or prime rib, Asian or Indian dishes, down-home cooking or signature California Wine Country fare, you’re sure to find it in Sonoma County’s more than 600-plus eateries, which include Michelin- and Zagat-rated restaurants. From Korean kim chee to salsa and chips, sushi to barbecue ribs, gourmet pizza to sirloin steak, you can find it in Sonoma County, where freshness and diversity are restaurant bywords. Find more info about restaurants here:


Sonoma County boasts a number of local coffee shops and delis, that invite visitors to relax on a shady patio or a lush outdoor garden. Many cafes roast their own coffee and serve delicious store-baked goods, pies and pastries.

Bars & Nightlife

Discover your perfect evening out in Sonoma County, whether you prefer your music sitting down or up and dancing. Here you’ll find live music venues, dance clubs, hip lounges, and comfy pubs. Located in Rohnert Park, California, the Green Music Center has quickly earned a reputation as one of the top music venues in the world. The crown jewel of the facility is the 1,400-seat, European-style Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall, considered to be one of the most acoustically superb concert venues in the world. Some of the best beer in the country comes from Sonoma County. Already known for premium wine, Sonoma County also offers a tasty choice to those who want an alternative or a complement to the traditional wine country experience. Local brewmasters are turning towards wheat and hops, creating a new California “Beer Country.” Notable breweries that are open to the public include Lagunitas Brewing Company (they even have a Beer Sanctuary), Russian River Brewing Company (home of Pliny the Younger, a beer that is almost Grail-like among serious hop-heads), St. Florian's Brewery in Windsor and Ruth McGowan's Brew Pub in the beautiful town of Cloverdale in Northern Sonoma County. Other places include bars with large selections of local beers or venues that combine great food with live music like Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol and Barley and Hops in the west county village of Occidental. Find more info about nightlife and music venues here:


What better way to delve into the personality of a destination than by shopping. With national-brand stores, an outlet mall, specialty shops, and boutiques in darling downtowns, Sonoma County is sure to please the pickiest purchaser. Extend the fabulous “Wine Country” feeling after you get home by taking Sonoma County with you. (Or, once you’re home, you can order more). Find more info about shopping here: