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Things to do in Sonoma County

With a focus on wine, food and natural beauty, travel to Sonoma County is all about the finer things. An itinerary of things to do in Sonoma County can—and should—be a food-focused one. Make a reservation at one of the county’s renowned farm-to-table restaurants for fresh, five-star meals prepared with local produce, meats and cheeses. Or, check out the farmers’ market in historic Sonoma Plaza to pick up the ingredients for yourself.

No travel to Sonoma County would be complete to without time spent at its vineyards and wineries, but, with hundreds to choose from, trip planning can be daunting. Several tour options are available, including an afternoon outing bike with Sonoma Valley Cyclery. Eco-tourists can check out producers like Benziger Family Winery, who use sustainable, biodynamic practices in their winemaking process. Sonoma County travelers also have easy access to the great outdoors. Stand in the shade of old growth tree in the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve or set up camp in Sugarloaf State Park. Water-lovers can kayak along the Russian River or catch a glimpse of California’s North Coast at Sea Ranch.

  • 14feet

    Vintage furnishings with an industrial-meets-schoolhouse bent (drafting tables, Thonet chairs) are arranged into photo-ready vignettes. More
  • 21 Arrondissement

    The pea-sized 21 Arrondissement showcases interior designer Myra Hoefer's best French flea-market and estate-sale finds: a pair of gilt-and-velvet ... More
  • A. Rafanelli Winery

    With 85 acres of vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, this small production winery has been family owned and operated for four generations. In the ea... More
  • Andante Dairy

  • Arboretum

    The most fashion-forward boutique in town specializes in stylish, sustainable attire for men and women—from organic cotton T-shirts by Turk + Taylo... More
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve

    Located in Sonoma County three miles north of Guerneville, Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve preserves more than 800 acres of coast redwood trees, w... More
  • Bacchus Glass

    If you’ve never seen glassblowing in person, stop by this shop a few miles south of downtown Sonoma and watch artist and master glassblower Frank C... More
  • Baksheesh

    Baksheesh focuses on fair-trade, handcrafted gifts from the developing world, including carved beechwood bowls from Haiti and djembe drums from Bur... More
  • Bear Republic Brewing

    This landmark brewpub from the Norgrove family dates to 1995 and produced all the craft beer for Bear Republic until 2006, at which point they incr... More
  • Benziger Family Winery

    Known for its organic and biodynamic growing practices (the vintners here have forsworn all chemical pesticides and fertilizers), Benziger encompas... More
  • Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon

    Access is by appointment only. More
  • Burke's Canoe Trips

    Paddle 10 miles downriver from Forestville to Guerneville, past redwood trees and blue herons. $60 per canoe More
  • C. Donatiello Winery

  • Charles M. Schulz Museum

    Dedicated to the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, the exhibits can be a bit scholarly, but the Kite-Eating Tree and the ice-skating rink aren’t... More
  • Chateau St. Jean

    Located in Sonoma Valley at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean was founded in 1973, but the estate that it sits on is much more than jus... More

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