Oh wine country, how we love you. And one of our favorite parts of your vast, sweeping, glorious land is the Sonoma Valley. This area is composed of a bunch of smaller towns, but they’re all filled with goodies, so we thought we’d share them with you. The smaller sister to Napa is one of our favorite places in this world, simply because it contains so many simple joys: good food, good wine, good scenery, good people. So follow along and share your faves with us in the comments below!
El Dorado Hotel is smack dab in the middle of Sonoma Square, and we couldn’t love it any more for that reason. Plus, the rooms are quaint, well-kept, and the kitchen inside of the restaurant is not to beat. It really is walking distance to a variety of tasting rooms in the square, so we can’t really think of a better place to stay.
This resort checks off all the boxes of what you’d want in a stay in wine country. ‘Nuff said.
If you’re looking to splurge, look no further than Carneros. This might be one of our favorite spots in California, and if you go and visit – you’ll see why. Between the sweeping views of wine country, glorious spa, gorge design, and delish food – we dare you to pick a favorite part.
Hotel Healdsburg is the best representation of Sonoma’s simplicity and charm. It’s full of gardens, a pool that can’t be beat, and a great spa. Plus, it’s located right next to the Healdsburg Farmers Market.
This quaint deli is the perfect spot to grab a sandwich on the go to bring to your favorite vineyard. Being in the middle of a handful of tasting rooms, it’s not to miss for lunch. Pro tip: get the club!
Take one step into The Girl & The Fig and you’ll be obsessed with the French vibes and homey space. Sit on their outside patio with a Croque-Monsieur and a glass of white wine and you might just think you’re having an afternoon in Paris.
Located right in Sonoma Square, this tapas restaurant is the perfect spot for a long dinner. For one of our favorite days in Sonoma, bring a bottle from a day of wine tasting to Tasca Tasca to open during a long dinner of small plates.
This hip ramen place in downtown Sebastapol doesn’t disappoint. The interiors are beautiful, the ramen is yum, and the people are nice. 10/10!
This colorful restaurant right outside of Sonoma Square is home to, some would say, the best Mexican food in the Bay Area. The name of the game here are the tamales, so don’t visit without ordering them.
If there’s one place not to miss while in Sonoma, it’s Scribe. Think: farm to table food, some of the best wine in the land, and it has been run by a family for four generations. Their Hacienda Tastings get booked months out, so make sure to plan ahead and make a res early.
Modern meets warm at this family-owned Vineyard in the Los Carneros region of Napa Valley. Make reservations ahead of time for their tasting, and make sure you get a splash of the Zinfandel… it’s outta this world.
This tasting room in the middle of Pangloss Cellars is the kind of place where you wander on by, go in, and then don’t want to leave. Not only are the interiors beyond, but the wine is stellar and the tasting leaves you with knowledge you wouldn’t otherwise have. A must go in our book!
This tasting room in the middle of Sonoma Square is the perfect place to relax for a few hours. Go to their Sonoma location to feel like you’re in the winemakers home, and the Pinot is pretty delish, too.
This shop, market, and deli combo started in 1881 and has been a hit ever since. Grab a sandwich and sit on the covered patio for a slow afternoon of your dreams.
This Tuesday night farmer’s market in the middle of Sonoma Square is hard to beat. It’s chock full of local vendors, and has live music for the community to enjoy. It’s a local experience that will make you fall in love with Sonoma!
One of the first things we like to book when in a new spot is a spa day. You too? Look no further than the spa at Kenwood Inn. It’s a Mediterranean-Style resort with an amaaazing spa that will have you thinking you’re in another country.
The Sonoma Coast might be one of the very best coastlines in California, with towering rocks and endless hiking paths. Start at Bodega Head for an entrance into a harbor that has many hiking trails that are hard to beat.
A trip to this corner of the world is not complete without a visit to the Redwoods. These towering trees give you a fast pass to serenity, and there’s no better way to spend a day than getting lost amongst a trail.