Imagine yourself surrounded by award-winning wineries nestled between the Napa Valley to the east and the Northern California Coast to the west in one of our deluxe Sonoma vacation rentals. This hub of eco-tourism boasts a popular, historic plaza right in the center of town. The capital of "slow culture," Sonoma is an idyllic place to take in the sights of rolling hills lined with flourishing vines, visit an outdoor cafe with a carafe of wine, or just walk along the cobblestones on a perfect sunny day.
Considered responsible for igniting California’s wine industry in the 19th century, Sonoma county is endowed with one of the most diverse vine-friendly terrains in the country. From the dry hills of the Carneros appellation on its eastern border to the home of old vine Zinfandels in the central Russian River Valley, and finally to the wind-beaten headlands of the Sonoma Coast, this New World wine region is truly enigmatic.
Within a few miles from your Sonoma lodging, you can sample varietals at more than 70 wineries throughout Sonoma county, including award-winning reds at Kenwood Vineyards, those from ancient vines at Ravenswood, and the sustainably farmed vinos of Sebastiani.
If you know what you like, buy a bottle, a wedge of Cowgirl Creamery brie, and charcuterie to enjoy on site at some of the best picnic-worthy wineries such as Gloria Ferrer (specializing in sparkling only), Kunde, and Cohn.
Having a designated driver willing to take you on a Sonoma wine country tour is a priority, but purchasing a professional guide to take the wheel allows everyone in your group to participate in the fun. Consider Valley Wine Tours (ask for Bob), Terrific Tours, or the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. Ask if they’ll pick you up right from any of our Sonoma vacation rentals. For a one-of-a-kind adventure, take a hot air balloon ride high above the vineyards.
The only thing better than discovering a new favorite Sonoma wine is experiencing it with a phenomenal meal. With Northern California’s Mediterranean climate, fresh produce and healthy livestock are abundant. Award-winning chefs invite locals and tourists alike to share in the bounty!
You can’t go wrong by picking a place at random in Sonoma Plaza, the small city’s downtown square. Reservations are best, however, for a full dining experience at such gems as The Girl & the Fig and Harvest Moon Cafe.
If wine isn't your thing, Carneros Brewing Company has a taproom that is open daily, as well as a beer garden for sharing snacks and pints on a relaxing afternoon. Sonoma Springs Brewing Company is a great spot as well. The town is also a hub of unique stores, artisan markets, and art galleries.
Feel the need to burn off all those liquid calories? Outdoor adventurers can take a canoe trip on the nearby Russian River, take a tour of a bee farm, or spend the day in scenic Jack London State Park. At Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, you can hike or horseback ride through beautiful oak and chaparral forests, right past waterfalls and peaceful streams.
From Sonoma, day trips can include San Francisco, the Point Reyes National Seashore, or even the sleepy seaside towns of Gualala and Bodega Bay. And when you get back to your Sonoma vacation rental, you can make dinner and sip souvenir wine in your very own kitchen.
Surrounded by redwoods, wineries, and peaceful hiking and biking trails, Vacasa's Sonoma vacation rentals are in the center of numerous California activities and attractions to pick from.
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